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Awnings should be pulled in ahead of storm

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Awnings should be pulled in ahead of storm (WFSB) Awnings should be pulled in ahead of storm (WFSB)

With 130 mile per hour winds for a Category 4 hurricane, awning contractors and homeowners are not taking chances on the shoreline as they try to prevent damage.

Awning technicians Steve Beach and Zach Brennan are racing the clock to beat the winds from Hurricane Joaquin, should the hurricane impact the Connecticut shore.

They are removing or securing awnings attached to customer’s homes.

"Just a little precaution can go a long way. Once we see something coming up, like this storm coming in now, we're calling our customers right from looking at this report, you're a target,” said Tim Bassett.

The storm is tracking north, aiming for the northeast.

Homes along the shoreline have the motorized awnings, and when a storm comes in they should pull them right in.

Aaron Vega, manager of Niantic Awning, said customers can remove their larger canopies themselves with some basic tools, like a pair of pliers and a 9/16ths wrench.

“Most window awnings will have a rope and pulley system that you can pull and push it up against the house and secure it like that,” Vega said.

Also along the shoreline, ferry services could be changed due to the storm.

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