Windy forecast worries those with Christmas decorations

Predicted wind gusts of up to 50 miles per hour Thursday evening have some people worried about their Christmas decorations.

When it comes to yard decorations, homeowners in the Interlochen neighborhood of Arlington don’t disappoint. Their community is known as the best in Texas for light shows.

But all of their hard work could be in jeopardy because of the rain and strong winds in the forecast for Thursday.

Most Interlochen homeowners said their displays can withstand the rain, ice and snow. But the wind could be a problem. Some have decided to disassemble their inflatable displays, secure the larger items and bring the smaller items inside.

“I think now the plan is to leave it up and try to hope the anchors will do their job,” said Elizabeth Yelverton, who lives in the neighborhood.

Keith Reed is ready.

“Those have a stake sticking in the ground,” he said. “They’re not going anywhere.”

Reed has been Christmas decorating for 55 years.

“That’s wired to that big tree. The tree’s not going anywhere unless that tree blows away,” he said. “I’ve been told the stuff I build will be here when the pyramids are a pile of pea gravel. You can say that about my decorations, too.”

The Flower Mound Fire Department also encouraged residents to secure holiday decorations, as well as patio furniture and outdoor equipment. The department is preparing for the possibility of downed trees and power outages.

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