Originally Posted by n4uaj
the tech advised again'st tying down the electric awning because of potential damage.
He's correct. Simple tie downs can help, but just marginally. The main issue is the arms. They just aren't built to handle any kind of stress. Typically, if the wind starts getting close to 10mph it's time to pull your awning back in.
That being said... you would do yourself a favor by investing a little coin into the OC pole brackets mentioned, or something similar. They will take the pressure off of the awning frame and allow for much higher wind factors.