Are you ready for Storm Ciara?

Are you ready for Storm Ciara?

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:25am 7th February 2020. (Updated at 11:38am 8th February 2020)

Storm Ciara arrives in Dorset this weekend, bringing strong winds and possible danger to life with her. 

An amber weather warning for wind is in effect for Dorset for all of Sunday.

While a yellow weather warning for wind has also been issued for most of Monday

The Met Office are warning us to watch out for large waves and flying debris, as well as possible power cuts as Ciara hits across the country.

'How can I prepare?'

The official advice on preparing for Storm Ciara is:

  • Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break them.
  • Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house, and especially large doors such as those on garages.
  • Park vehicles in a garage, if available; otherwise keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
  • Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, particularly if roof pitch is less than 30°.
  • If the house is fitted with storm shutters over the windows then ensure that these are closed and fastened.
  • If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them.
Fallen Tree The Marsh Weymouth

'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.
  • Keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail, they will collapse on this side.
  • Do not go outside to repair damage while the storm is in progress.
  • If possible, enter and leave your house through doors in the sheltered side, closing them behind you.
  • Open internal doors only as needed, and close them behind you.
  • Take care when driving on exposed routes such as bridges, or high open roads, delay your journey or find alternative routes if possible.
  • Slow down and be aware of side winds, particular care should be taken if you are towing or are a high sided vehicle.
  • Do not drive unless your journey is really necessary.