Originally Posted by WuWei
Thanks for the info, CD and the rest of you! I'm getting a little leary of TS Dean, especially when he hits the gulf as a Cat 4 hurricane. Ironically, my vacation is for next week and the week after... We have all the stuff to prep the boat- TONS of line and fenders (in addition to plans to remove the solar panels, bimini, outdoor electronics, Jim Buoy, dink, main and genny), but it looks like I need a serious trip to Sams Club to stockpile on water and batteries (pretty well stocked on canned food.) We always keep a handheld VHF at home charged- CH16 provides hours of drama to entertain us on the back porch. The only thing we're trying to figure out is how we can secure our garage door in case of high winds. Tampa already got hit by TS Barry this year, so we're hoping that was it. So much for our plans to go to Jamaica next week...
US 30' Wu-Wei
We pulled the cars all the way up against the garage doors the second time (on the inside... close it and push the cars up agasint it with OSB against the bumper and 2x4... cars on the inside of that makes sense). We did that the third time too and used a sheet of osb and 2x4 for extra support. Go get some OSB right now while it is cheap and available. Just stack it in your garage. Also get a bunch of shingles that match. You can return them later. Button caps and tar paper is a good idea too. Again, you can return them later but they will be unavilable afterwards.
The garage doors are the weakest part of your house and WILL buckle. Next weakest is the lanai. Next are the windows. I don't know how old your house is but ours was built to 135mph (IIRC) standard as we were on the coast/icw.
Here is a pic of how to make garage door and window reinforcements. THe 2x4 should be screwed to the osb. It would be better to double them with strips of plywood between them (like you build a header), but that may take too much time. Anyways, here you go: