Storm Ophelia has hit Ireland and is now moving across the UK. An amber warning has been put in place for Northern Ireland, South West Scotland, Strathclyde and Wales where winds are expected to be between 65-80 mph.
In August we wrote an article on how climate change was expected to cause a rise in insurance claims due to storms and insurers are braced for further losses Article 09/08/2017.
Here are some tips to protect your property in the event of a storm.
– Remove any loose item that is on the boundaries of your land
– Make sure you have torches, food and candles just in case of a power cut
– Make sure your gutter and drains are kept clear
– Make sure all pets are kept safe indoors
– Do not try and repair the damage until the storm has passed
– Keep all your door and windows locked
– Make sure your car is away from objects that could fall or damage them
– Make sure there are no loose electrical wires
– Make sure all curtains and doors are closed to protect you for breaking glass
– If you need to make a claim make sure you contact your insurer as early as possible
Our recommendation for those people specifically at risk is to stay inside and keep up to date with weather bulletins via the Met Office. Met Office – Ex Hurricane Ophelia News