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Triangle residents should do these things to prepare for Isaias

Posted August 2, 2020 11:22 a.m. EDT
Updated August 2, 2020 6:47 p.m. EDT

With the Triangle expecting several inches of rain and 60 mph wind gusts from Tropical Storm Isaias, locals are taking time to prepare their homes for the severe weather.

Local home repair business Tar Heel Basement System said more than a third of people are not prepared at all for hurricanes on the east coast.

"They don't even know what hurricane season is," said Nate Zook, Sales Manager with Tar Heel Basement Systems. "Only 18% of people are very prepared where they have generators and food and water and all that."

Experts say residents should do a final walk-through before the storm comes to make sure your home is best prepared for strong winds, heavy rain and possible flooding.

Here are some helpful tips you can start doing now before the storm hits:

  • Make sure your gutters are clean
  • Make sure your downspouts are running away from your home
  • If you have a basement or crawl space, make sure you have a sump pump in there
  • Bring in all outdoor furniture
  • Anchor storage sheds and other objects that are unsafe to bring inside, like gas grills or propane tanks
  • Trim trees and shrubs that are close enough to fall on your home
  • Turn your refrigerator to the coldest setting, in the event of a power outage
  • Advice from Raleigh storm victim: Take photos of belongings

And if residents follow those key tips now, they are much more likely to not pay for major home repairs next week.

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