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Storms and windy weather

Before a storm

  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows or other glazing.
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and 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.
  • If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them.

During a storm

  • Stay indoors as much as possible.
  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees.
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you.
  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads. Delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible.
  • Slow down and be aware of side winds. Particular care should be taken if you are towing or are driving a high sided vehicle.
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary.

After a storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down.
  • 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.

Severe weather warnings

The Met Office issue severe weather warnings which can be viewed on the Met Office website

Driving in adverse weather conditions

Information and advice for driving in adverse weather conditions is available on the GOV.UK website