Gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK.

Make sure you

  • secure loose objects such as garden furniture
  • close and securely fasten doors and windows
  • park vehicles in a garage or keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences
  • stay indoors as much as you can; if you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees
  • don't go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress
  • try to enter and leave your house through doors on the sheltered side of your property

Driving tips

  • avoid travel if possible
  • delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible
  • take care on exposed routes such as bridges or high open roads
  • slow down, be aware of side winds, especially if you are towing