Hurricane season hasn’t started yet, but we already have our first named storm of the year. Happy hurricane season everyone! As of writing this it is still subtropical (I guess for specific weather nerd reasons it isn’t called a tropical depression), but expected to become a tropical storm. As a wise guide once stated, it is never too early to start thinking about getting yourself ready for the storm.
I went around and found a few minor issues that could be a big problem if a storm were to hit. These are easy to do now when I have free time, but would be stressful to complete when a storm is coming.
First up on the list, my screened in porch is getting old and one of the vertical supports broke loose. It doesn’t hold the roof up, there are 4×4 posts for that, but buffeting winds would do a lot more damage with this part flapping around. A few right angle brackets and metal screws secured it in place.
Second, I have a set of areca palms that have gotten too close to the house. I probably shouldn’t have planted them that close in the first place, and might cut them out completely when they start pushing out the fence. For now, I like them, but need them to be away from the house. Again, under normal storms they aren’t a problem, but heavy winds could whip those fronds around enough to do real damage to the corner of the roof.
Last but not least my poor fence had another post shear off. Not sure why they all happen on just this one side, but they do. The left picture shows a distinct bend. As it turns out the most bent post is actually rock solid, just not straight. The one closer to the camera has broken off at the ground. I left the broken post in place and sank another one next to it. Everything is much more solid. Thats it for now. Time to enjoy a margarita and hope we have quiet season.