Follow this advice to prevent your house and garden from being damaged in a storm.
A great deal of damage can be caused by large items being blown around by the wind. If there is a storm warning, you should therefore secure or tidy away large objects such as garden furniture, trampolines and gazebos. Bring toys, pot plants and small objects indoors.
If you have tiles or shingles on your roof, make sure that these are secure. Also check that gutters, TV aerials and any other equipment fixed to the wall of your house will not come loose. Tighten and secure any tarpaulins over wood stores, boats or other equipment, to prevent the wind from getting hold of them.
If the weather warning tells you to expect large quantities of water, you should also ensure that water will run away from the house. Check that the gutters, drainpipes and drains are not blocked by leaves or other debris.
When the storm comes, you should stay indoors and make sure all the doors and windows are closed.
It is not unusual to find power cables lying on the ground after a major storm. If you discover these, report them to your local electricity company. Keep at a safe distance and don’t touch the power cables; they can be dangerous.