The City of New York is expecting strong winds – as early as tonight, most of tomorrow, and all day Shabbos and Motzoei Shabbos.
Mats and other loose Schach may blow off and cause damage or injuries chas veshalom, especially if Succahs are on high floors. Canvas walls and tarps may tear and flap in the wind even if they are tied down.
Below is the warning from NYC Emergency Management:
In light of the upcoming windy weather, we would appreciate you sharing the message below with members of the community.
Our goal with this message is to highlight the potential dangers that the increased wind will pose (especially in areas where families build Succah’s on balcony’s several stories up) and to encourage individuals to address these concerns in advance.
The National Weather Service forecast for the next several days includes wind speeds that are predicted to be between 15 and 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 40 mph at times.
High winds can down trees and power lines, blow out windows, blow down signs, cause flying debris, and structural collapse.
Individuals who have constructed a Succah for the holiday should take appropriate actions to secure the structure and roofing to prevent damage or injury from flying debris.