What you should be doing to prepare your home for potential high winds

Securing outdoor property ahead of storm
Securing outdoor property ahead of storm

HOUSTON – If you live inland and away from the coast, the biggest concern for your home and property are likely high winds. Now is a good time to get outside and bring in everything that's not anchored to the ground.

Damaging winds are classified as those exceeding 50 to 60 miles an hour. Hurricane Laura is expecting to come ashore with winds up to 115 miles an hour. So you can bet those winds will pick up items even a hundred miles away like nothing.

One Conroe homeowner knows first hand what high wind damage can do. Wind pitched a trampoline from Amanda Cloud’s neighbor’s yard and smacked it into her home. The wind was 74 miles per hour.

What should you do with your trampoline before expected high winds?

Trampoline manufacturer Springfree says “If you anticipate SEVERE and EXTREME weather, the trampoline should be moved to a sheltered location or disassembled.”

Some trampoline owners say you should remove the net, flip it over and stack sandbags on top to hold it down. You can try to secure it to the ground in an upright position... But the more rain we get, the lower the chance the stakes and anchors will hold in the soggy ground.

“This will be moving quickly so even if you are well north up the coast towards lake Livingston or Sam Rayburn- those areas will get a lot of wind up there. Be prepared for power outages or trees to come down in east Texas,” said Meteorologist Jeff Lindner.

Meteorologist Jeff Lindner with the Harris County Flood Control District says even if you are not under a weather watch, get ready.

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