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Reduce your risk of wind damage

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Photo: Mike Theiss / Twitter

Powerful winds can turn outdoor furniture, toys, and garbage cans into missiles, as seen in home video from a storm system in Destin.

Imagine those high winds pounding your home for hours.

You can take steps now to reduce your risk of damage.

Trim low hanging branches and remove dead or dying trees around your home.

Glue down loose shingles.

Check that gutters and trim are secure.

And make sure seals are tight where wires and pipes come into your home.

Before the storm, clear your yard of items that could get tossed around.

Board your windows or put up hurricane shutters.

Turn your refrigerator and freezer to their coldest settings, to help food last longer, and fully charge your phone, rechargeable flashlights, and emergency power supplies

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