Storms and Gales

storm cloudStrong winds or gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK. The average cost of damage each year is at least £300 million.

The MET Office provides guidance on what to do before, during and after a storm to ensure your family and property are kept safe.

Before a storm

Make sure you stay up to date with severe weather warnings and prepare by:

  • Secure loose objects that could be blown away
  • Lock doors and windows, especially large doors such as those on garages
  • Park vehicles in a garage if available, otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.

During a storm you should

  • Stay indoors and do not go outside to repair damage
  • Try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
  • Do not drive unless absolutely necessary. If you have to drive, slow down and be aware of side winds and exposed routes.

After the storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened
  • Make sure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.

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