High winds and gales
You can find out if there any severe weather warnings in place on the Met Office website.
You can also register for their severe weather warning updates.
High winds and gales are major contributors to weather related damage in the UK. You may find the following advice useful in keeping you, your family and property safe.
Before the storm
Make sure loose objects such as ladders and garden furniture are secure. This will stop the wind blowing them about into windows, fences and so on.
Secure all doors and windows, particularly if they face the direction of the wind coming in.
If you can park any cars in a garage. If you can't, keep your cars clear of buildings, fences, trees, or anything else that could fall onto them.
During the storm
During the storm, you should stay indoors as much as possible.
Do not go outside to try and repair any damage whilst the storm is in progress.
If you do have to go out:
- avoid walking close to buildings and trees
- stay away from boundary walls and fences. They will collapse on the sheltered side if the storm has damaged them
- if you have to drive take care on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads. You should delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible
If the tree has fallen on our land and doesn't need clearing urgently you can report it online. If the tree needs clearing urgently call our Customer Service team on 01376 552525.
If the tree is obstructing a highway you can report it to Essex Highways online. If the tree is a risk to public safety call 0345 603 7631.
If there is a power cut in your area or dangerous/fallen power cables report to UK Power Networks online or call them on 0800 31 63 105. If there is significant risk to the public, call 999.
You can join the Priority Service register If your household has:
- older or disabled people
- children under five
- someone that requires electrical medical or mobility equipment
Call UK Power Networks on 0800 028 4581 and ask about the Priority Services Register.
Find out more on the UK Power Networks website.
After the storm
Do not touch any damaged electrical/telephone cables that the storm may have damaged.
Continue to stay away from boundary walls and fences that the storm may have weakened.
Check-in on vulnerable neighbours or relatives to see if they are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.
If you need to make an insurance claim, start documenting what the storm has damaged with pictures and notes.