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Strong Winds Advice

What you can do to prepare for strong wind

  • Ensure that your property is well-maintained (such as repairing any loose tiles so that could become loose and cause injury or damage)
  • Secure any loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or trampolines
  • Close and securely fasten all doors and windows
  • Park all vehicles in your garage (if you have one) or keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences
  • Make sure that you are prepared for a power cut, you can do this by having access to a battery powered radio tuned into your local radio station, have a torch with extra batteries, for further advice please see

If you are planning to travel by air or sea, check with the ferry company or airline in case there are any delays or cancellations. Wind may also cause longer journey times and some roads and bridges may be closed. All vehicles can be affected by strong gusts, especially on open roads which are exposed to cross winds.

What to do during strong wind

  • You stay indoors as much as possible
  • If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings or trees
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is ongoing
  • Do not drive unless necessary

What to do after a storm

  • Be careful not to touch any electrical/ telephone cables which may have been blown down or are still hanging
  • Do not walk too close to walls, buildings, and trees as they could have been weakened