Secure loose outdoor objects that might be blown away by high winds, and become flying debris.
Boats should be moored securely, or moved to a designated safe area well before the storm arrives.
Windows should be boarded up. Larger windows may be broken by wind pressure, while smaller windows are mainly damaged by wind driven debris.
If evacuation is required, be sure to take your disaster supply kit when leaving for a designated shelter. Keep in mind that evacuation routes may become flooded or cut off, even before the full force of the tropical cyclone arrives.