Make sure you know what to do when severe weather is forecast
The first and most vital thing to do is check local and national weather forecasts and keep up to date with the latest warnings from the Met Office. Check the latest forecast for your area on our severe weather page.
For more information on our severe weather warnings service, watch our video guide.
If a yellow alert or warning has been issued: be aware
During yellow alert or warning be aware of the likely conditions and ensure you access the latest weather forecast for up to date weather information. Be aware that:
- Some branches or trees may be brought down.
- There may be localised travel disruption and problems for high-sided vehicles on prone routes.
- You should drive with care, especially on exposed routes.
- There’s a possibility of debris being blown around.
If an orange alert or warning has been issued: be prepared
During orange alert or warning be prepared for disruption. Take precautions where possible and ensure you access the latest weather forecast. Be prepared for:
- More widespread tree damage and other debris, like roof tiles coming loose.
- Minor structural damage.
- Risk of injury from flying debris.
- Some travel disruption e.g. closed bridges.
- Some localised interruptions to power.
If a red alert or warning has been issued: take action
During red alert or warning keep up to date with the forecast and take action to protect yourself and your property:
Before the storm
- Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown around.
- Close and securely fasten doors and windows.
- Park vehicles in a garage or keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
During the storm
- Stay indoors as much as possible.
- If you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees.
- Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
- Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary.
After the storm
- Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.
- Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees as they could have been weakened.