Even if Sandy is downgraded to a tropical storm it will still include heavy rain and if your gutters are not clear this could lead to leaks, overflow and backed up water that can cause a gutter to sag under the weight. Prior to a storm of hurricane strength it is recommended that you spend some time making sure your gutter channels and downspouts are clear so it won’t clog during the heavy rain. Be sure to remove leaves, twigs, pine needles and other debris so rainwater has a clear channel to flow through. Test the gutters by taking a garden hose up to the roof and simulate rain by spraying water down the channel to make sure it flows properly and makes it through the downspout.
Roofs can be easily damaged by hurricanes and a good item to have on hand in case an emergency arises is a high quality, durable poly tarp. Should the strong winds of a hurricane or tropical storm tear shingles off your roof or causes a hole that leads to leaking you can use a tarp as a temporary cover that will keep your home dry until an expert roofer can repair it. Do not attempt to secure a tarp at anytime during the hurricane since this is very dangerous. Leave the room where the damage is and keep away from it until the storm has passed. Once it is safe climb to the roof and lay the tarp over the damaged area and secure it with duct tape or cord. Of course, contact your insurance company and verify that your home coverage is current.