We are supposed to get hit by Dorian by tomorrow morning. As we were unsuccessful in finding someone to build us a new shed this summer, we currently have no place to store the bikes... so they must weather the storm! I just got back in from trying to make a safe spot for them, and here's what I came up with. As you can see, I have the Honda right up tight against the back wall, with the V-Star parked tightly against it, with a garbage bin filled with rocks (~300 lbs) up against the V-Star. (I have all the wheels chocked with rocks) The bikes are positioned so that about the only wind that can hit them really hard would be coming directly from the east, (and that's not supposed to be the case tomorrow) so hopefully they will be OK.
The bigger concern when we have hurricanes/tropical storms here on Fogo Island, is that where we are positioned on the northeast coast of Newfoundland is about the
worst anywhere for ridiculously strong coastal winds, (our house sits only about 75 ft from edge the North Atlantic) and being a 150+ year-old, two-storey house, we always have to wonder just how much punishment it can tolerate before it disintegrates! The year that Hurricane Igor paid us a visit, our house was actually vibrating/rocking as if we were having a major earthquake! And the upstairs was 10x worse... there's no sleeping up there during a hurricane! We have witnessed our coffee table slowly vibrate its way clear across the living room floor, and have also watched our front deck completely lift clear off the ground. Even after living here for years, through a few hurricanes, several tropical storms, and countless 150+ km/h blizzards, you never do get used to it!
But I suppose I might be worrying for nothing, as our humble old abode has somehow managed to stay intact through winds of 175+ km/h, (last year) and we didn't lose so much as a shingle or a piece of siding, when most of our neighbours' homes had unfortunately suffered heavy damage. (though during our last bad storm, the wind actually stripped the paint right off our eaves!)
I will try to report in again tomorrow, but if you don't hear back from me don't be too alarmed... it likely will just mean that our electricity/internet is out. (and there is no cell service here)