Preparing your home for high winds

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - y April 17, 2019 at 4:19 PM CDT - Updated April 17 at 4:51 PM

Thursday has been declared a First Alert Weather Day because of the potential for strong straight line winds and the chance of an isolated tornado.

“We could see gusts up to 40 to 60 miles per hour,” said WBRC First Alert Meteorologist Matt Daniel.

Which is why you need to take steps now to make sure what’s outside doesn’t become a danger or a projectile.

“You want to secure things that could be flying in the air. You know your trash cans, your lawn furniture, you know you might have Easter decorations,” said Daniel. “If a little breeze will make something move in your yard, that’s probably going to be flying around if there are some really strong winds.”

Anything that you can bring inside, do so before the storms hit. If something is too big to move, take the proper steps outside.

“We want to make sure that we’ve got that secured and staked down, if you can,” said Chris Tate, Jefferson County EMA.

Tate adds there have been plenty of cases in the past where people didn’t listen to this advice.

“Trampolines become Frisbees. People who didn’t have a trampoline before suddenly find themselves with a broken trampoline after the storm,” Tate said.

One other thing to think about in advance with a wind event - power outages are very possible.

“So electronic devices, make sure that they are charged. That way if you do lose power, you can still have access to your phone or maybe your tablet,” said Daniel.

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