Advice issued on protecting yourself and property as Storm Doris batters UK with brings hurricane strength winds

Beware of fallen trees on the roads
Beware of fallen trees on the roads

Residents in the East Midlands and East Anglia can expect some very strong winds as Storm Doris batters the UK today, Thursday February 23.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for high winds up to 75mph in some areas.

According to the Chief Forecaster’s Assessment: “Some very strong winds are expected throughout Thursday in association with storm ‘Doris’, with a short period where gusts of 70 to 80 mph are possible.

“Whilst the strongest winds look to be only short-lived, damage to structures, interruptions to power supplies and widespread disruption to travel networks are likely, with a danger of injury from flying debris.

“Heavy rain is also likely through Thursday as well as some snow over high ground as the system clears eastwards. These may prove additional hazards.”

There are many ways you can keep safe during strong winds by being prepared. Tips include:

* Secure items outside your home that could be blown away, such as patio furniture, bins etc

* Place cars in garages or where they will be protected from flying debris, such as tiles or branches for example

* Remove items from around your home that may be blown into windows/patio doors

* Keep pets indoors. Shelter outdoor pets, or bring under cover in a protected location

* Check that nearby trees and/or tall structures are undamaged and in good repair and are not in danger of being blown over and damaging your home or placing people in danger

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