Storm and Strong Winds Advice

Storms and strong winds pose a danger to residents and their property. We have put together the following advice to help protect you, your family and your home during strong winds and storms.

Preparing for storms and strong winds

The best way to protect your home against storms and strong winds is to make sure your home is in a good state of repair. If you have warning of a storm you should consider the following issues:
  • is your roof secure - are there any tiles missing / damaged / loose?
  • is your guttering secure and clear of any debris?
  • is your garden clear of anything that may become dangerous when airborne during a storm?
  • is your garden furniture away in a shed / garage / tied down appropriately?
  • is there any vegetation that may become loose / fall over / dislodge due to high winds?
Consider closing your curtains in the lead up to the storm as this will reduce the risk of flying glass if debris hits your windows. If you think that a storm event is coming visit the Met Office website, for regular warnings and updates on weather forecasts. In addition tune into local news channels through the television, radio or internet for regular weather updates.
If you are caught in a storm:
  • stay indoors as much as possible and preferably away from windows
  • do not go outside to repair damage
  • avoid driving and if you must drive take extra care.
Following a storm:
  • do not touch any electrical or telephone cables that have been blown down
  • make sure neighbours are safe
  • ensure any repair work is carried out safely
  • storms can often cause power cuts so see the emergency contacts page for details about who to contact if that happens.
External Links:

Met Office Severe Weather Advice
Met Office Strong Winds Advice
AA - Driving in strong winds
RAC - Safe driving in windy weather

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