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    Auto Cover - Leave open or closed with Hurricane coming

    We are debating about leaving the auto cover open or closed with the major storm coming. We have a pump that should be able to drain water build up as long as we have electricity. Our grid is fairly reliable and I am hard pressed to think of a time when we had a power outage for any extended period. But the other concern is tree debris and possible punctures to the cover. If we leave the pool open, we know we will have A LOT of leaves to clear out. If we close it we run a small risk of a branch flying over and potentially puncturing the cover. It would be a no brainer if we had trees directly over the pool, but they are all off to the side. What do you think?
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    Re: Auto Cover - Leave open or closed with Hiurricane coming

    I'd leave the cover open. I'd rather clean out a pile of leaves and twigs than replace an autocover. $$$$

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    Re: Auto Cover - Leave open or closed with Hiurricane coming

    I hate to agree but if there is anything that might get blown onto the cover and damage it I think you're better off leaving it off and just doing the clean up after.
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    Re: Auto Cover - Leave open or closed with Hiurricane coming

    I have had an auto cover for 4 years. I would open it so nothing would fall and rip it. They are expensive to replace.

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    Re: Auto Cover - Leave open or closed with Hiurricane coming

    Definitely leave it open. A really hard rain will overload the cover and possibly damage it. Cover pumps can't keep up with torrential downpours. Flying debris can also cause damage.

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    Re: Auto Cover - Leave open or closed with Hiurricane coming

    I'm having one installed and the dealer told me that all the ones in the hurricane were ripped off the pool.... some even causing damage. He also said they never found them.
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    Re: Auto Cover - Leave open or closed with Hurricane coming

    Yikes. Fortunetly, I believe we are inland enough that the storm strength will disapate enough. And this latest storm is headed out to sea. But I think there is consensus, major storm, leave open.

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