CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - People are still scrambling to get ready for the effects of the Hurricane Florence, grabbing water, stocking the pantry and charging batteries, but there may be something you've overlooked.
Furniture, flower pots, toys and tools can all become dangerous projectiles when hurricane force winds blow through, so things like benches tables and umbrellas need to be taken down and put inside or tied down tight.
People across the Carolinas are checking items off their to-do lists as they await the storm’s arrival, but several people we spoke to in Dilworth forgot potential flying hazards right outside their homes.
"No, I didn't. As a matter of fact, when you said that I’m like we've got this big huge chicken that probably needs to come down," neighbor Rebecca Thomason said.
In strong winds, items left outside can become projectiles and bust through doors, windows even bricks like missiles.
"I hadn't really been thinking about it but now that it's been brought to my attention we're certainly going to get everything inside anything that could be flying around because we don't want to cause any damage to our property or anyone else's,” Clark Spencer said.
Forecasts say Charlotte could get 30 to 40 mph wind gusts and while that may not be enough to lift some toys, tools and pots they could toss tree limbs like twigs.
"No, I don't think the winds are going to be strong enough here in charlotte to carry things but i hope i'm not wrong," said Bill Bachrodt.
While you're stopping to charge your devices and check your generators remember to check around your house for potential projectiles.
"It's better to be safe than sorry, so I would say bring them in, tape them down time them down whatever,” Ann Groninger told us.
If you have shutters on your windows it's a good idea to shut them and if you've heard of duct taping your windows don't bother that won't help if something comes flying through it.
"You know just like getting the house ready we haven't done anything,” Thomason said. “But now I will so thank you."
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