Ten simple things you can do to protect your home or business from Storm Arwen

We have a roundup of things you can do before, during and after a storm that will best protect your home from the extreme weather.

After reports of Storm Arwen expected to batter the UK in the coming days, the Met Office has updated the yellow warning for Newcastle to amber.

The rough weather is expected to arrive on Friday by 3pm. Some coastal areas can expect gusts of winds as high as 75mph in some areas.

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Storms can cause serious damage to homes, and have done so in the past. The Met Office has shared advice on how to best get prepared for a storm, and precautions you can take to avoid them causing damage.

Secure loose objects like garden furniture, ladders and things that could be blown into windows with strong gusts of winds.

Close and securely fastened doors, windows, especially those facing the wind.

Get your roof checked. Before it gets too windy it’s always worth checking for loose slates.

If you live near trees, consider removing dead branches that are likely to come off and be blown in the wind.

Check if your home or office is at risk for flooding, and contact The Environment Agency immediately for advice and information.

Ensure you’re home is insured, and that your policy is up to date. Building insurance offers peace of mind and coverage when you need it.

Park vehicles in a garage if you have one. If you do not, keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.

Ensure that all gutters and pipes are free from debris to avoid overflowing and damage during heavy rain.

In case of flooding it’s a good idea to have sandbags at doors, windows and other gaps in a home.

Ensure that all your fences are firmly in the ground.