Here in the UK we luckily don't get many Hurricanes and Tornadoes, but we do get several high wind storms usually during the winter months. Although Hurricanes are rare, the Uk still does gets an occasional
Hurricane such as the one that hit in 1987. The UK does get around 30 Tornadoes a year on average, however they are not as powerful as the ones in the USA. However, as the climate starts to change the frequency and
strength of UK Hurricanes and Tornadoes may also start to change. You should therefore start to consider the following:
- Prepare in advance
Check your property and garden and surrounding areas for loose items that may become airbourne and need to be secured. Trampolines are a good example of an item that oftem becomes airbourne. The weather forecast
can often give 2 or 3 days warning that a bad storm is approaching. Do not waste this time. Make sure everything that is loose is either dismantled or tied down.
- Consider protective shutters on all your house windows.
Up to now this is a consideration that has not really been needed all that much. However, with Climate change making storms much worse than they used to be, this is a consideration that should be given some
serious long term thought. There are several different
Window Roller Shutter
options available such as the traditional wooden shutters or more modern electric roller shutters. You may even want to consider large wooden panels
that can be screwed across the windows when needed. These can be stored in a garage or an outbuilding when not needed.
- Fencing panels
Make sure all your fence panels and posts are in good working order and well attached. Once a panel starts to become lose it will rock back and forth in the wind until it eventually breaks free. If you know that a
particular bad storm is approaching you may want to temporarily fix extra angled supports at 45 degrees to the posts to help push back against the wind.
- Large trees nearby
If you have large trees near to your property, you need to check on them regularly and keep them under control. If you have a tree that has the potential to serious damage your house if it fell over, then you need
to get it reduced down to a point where it can no longer do any damage if it were to fall over. Tree surgeons will be able to come out and advise you on what work will be required in order to make the tree safe.
- Check your roof for lose tiles
Roof tiles need to be well securred, once one roof tile fails, then it makes the next tile along vunerable to the wind and suddenly your whole roof is starting to peel off. A flying roof tile is very dangerous to
you and your family, also when they smash into other items around your property (such as your car) it can cause a lot of expensive damage.
- Lightening strikes
Often with a bad storm it also brings the danger of lightening strikes as well. If your property is taller than any other structure around it then there is a chance that it could be hot with a lightening strike.