The outer bands of Ernesto have started to pound on South Florida. My brother has prepared Mom's house, garage, and yard for the high winds. They still had a tarp on the roof of her garage from Hurricane Wilma last year, so they had to remove it and improvise on protecting the inside. When a storm like this is approaching, they have to put away everything in the yard that could become a projectile...lawn furniture, garbage cans...anything loose. Otherwise, it could sail into a window or worse into a person if they are foolish enough to be outside during a tropical storm like this. These storms can set off tornadoes within the storm, so there is always the chance of rotating winds as well as straight line. South Florida has weathered these storms with class and endurance throughout the years, and I'm sure they will this time, too.