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The top tips for weathering out Storm Eunice

People across the UK advised to secure loose outdoor objects, stay indoors and prepare for power cuts

The Met Office has issued two rare red weather warnings as Storm Eunice batters the UK.

The first red warning – meaning there is danger to life from flying debris – covers the coastline of Devon, Cornwall and Somerset and south Wales from 7am until midday on Friday, with gusts expected to hit speeds of up to 90mph.  The second covers London, southeast England and parts of east England, from 10am until 3pm.

An amber warning for wind has also been issued for Manchester and Wales until 9pm. BBC Weather has warned that Eunice “could well be one of the worst storms in three decades”. 

How to keep homes safe

The Met Office has advised people across the UK to “secure garden furniture” and any other loose objects around their homes that could pose a danger to people and property if blown around by strong gusts.

Residents are also being urged to keep doors and windows closed, particularly on wind-facing sides of homes.

Cars should ideally be parked “securely inside a garage, but this if not possible, ensure they are parked away from trees or any potential falling objects”, said The Telegraph

Stay indoors

The Met Office is urging people to stay indoors as much as possible today and to avoid going outside to repair any damage while the storm is in progress. If venturing outdoors, avoid walking near buildings and trees. 

For drivers, “the best advice is to stick to main roads if possible, slow down and expect the unexpected”, Edmund King, president of the AA, told the BBC.

The motoring group “also advises keeping both hands on the wheel, maintaining your distance from other vehicles and avoiding the use of horseboxes and other high-sided trailers” in strong winds, said the broadcaster.

Prepare for power cuts

With widespread power outages expected caused by falling trees, “batteries, radios and torches are a must”, said The Telegraph. “Also make sure you have food that can be eaten without being cooked.”

And “if power is down then turn off electrical appliances at the socket in case everything comes on when you’re not there or asleep”, the paper added.

 When safe to do so, people are also being asked to check in with any elderly or otherwise vulnerable neighbours.

Keep pets secure

The RSPCA has urged pet owners to “keep an eye on the forecast where they live and to plan ahead to ensure the safety of their animals”. The charity advises planning dog walks around the worst of the weather and wearing reflective clothing for maximum visibility to motorists.

Get ready for flooding

The Environment Agency is urging coastal communities on the southwest and south coasts of England, especially communities along the tidal River Severn and Wye in Gloucestershire, to prepare for “expected flooding impacts” from Eunice.

The authority has issued Severe Flood Warnings, indicating a risk to life, along parts of the tidal Severn Estuary and River Wye. Dozens more flood warnings are also in place.

Residents in risk areas are urged to sign up to Environment Agency Flood Warning and to follow “Prepare, Act, Survive” guidance. This includes preparing a bag that includes medical and insurance documents and knowing in advance how to turn off gas, electricity and water in properties.

What to if there is damage

Contact your insurance company immediately to report any damage to property. 

Although temporary emergency repairs may be needed to prevent any damage getting worse, the Association of British Insurers recommends speaking to your primary insurer first.

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