Hoosiers prepare for Sandy's wrath

Erin Baker is raking leaves before Hurricane Sandy reaches Indianapolis.

The high winds moving into central Indiana because of Hurricane Sandy could be strong enough to cause some damage.

Erin Baker spent a good chunk of Monday trying to get ahead of the hurricane.

"I'm trying to get up the leaves I ignored this week and make sure I have little this weekend and ensure anything that's loose is secured in advance of the wind showing up from the storm," she said.

Baker planned to take down her hanging baskets and move some of her patio furniture inside.

"I think this chair is okay, but I don't think I'll leave the glass table out or the little kid's chair," she said.

Her preparation is a good move, according to Sullivan's Hardware's Pat Sullivan.

"Anything lightweight will take off. You should stack up chairs like this and put them inside," he said. "Be sure to get all glass tops out of the way or you'll lose the whole table."

He also says not to forget to move or tie up potted trees and plants.

"Those things that will topple over and you lose not only the tree, but perhaps a very expensive pot, so that's something I would tie down," Sullivan said.

In the meantime, Baker isn't just concerned about strong winds here in Indiana, but also her friends in New York, where she lived for 15 years.

"New Yorkers can withstand a lot. Luckily, none of my friends are in the evacuation zones, but it's something that just goes to show, when you think you've seen everything nature can throw at you, nature throws something new," she said.