High winds, gales and storms

How to prepare for the storm

To prepare before the storm you can:

  • secure loose objects that could be blown away
  • lock doors and windows, and especially large doors such as those on garages
  • park vehicles in a garage or keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences
  • close and secure loft trapdoors
  • move beds away from areas directly below chimney stacks, if the stacks are tall and in poor condition

During the storm you should:

  • stay indoors
  • do not go outside to repair damage

If you have to go out you should:

  • try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
  • enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side
  • keep internal doors closed


Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary. If you have to drive:

  • slow down and be aware of side winds on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads
  • take particular care if you are towing or driving a high sided vehicle

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