Wild weather alert from your favourite Roofers in the Ribble Valley!
The Met Office has warned of a storm forecast that is set to batter the UK with gusts of more than 80mph on Thursday night. The storm which has been named Abigail will likely cause gusts of 60-70mph, and in some areas that are particularly exposed, more than 80mph! As anyone including our roofers in the Ribble Valley area could tell you – our area is particularly hilly and prone to funneling harsh winds, so it’s vital to take steps to guard against property damage!
As far north as the Highlands can expect extreme winds, all down through Aberdeenshire, including Northern England and through down to Wales! From late on Thursday afternoon expect to get blown about if you’re in the affected areas like our roofers in the Ribble Valley. Experts from the Met Office predict that the gusts could last until Friday.
Naming the storm is part of a new Met Office initiative to raise awareness of severe weather to help improve safety. Abigail is the first official storm to be named in the UK, as part of the initiative ‘Name Our Storms’. Other names chosen for future storms are: Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, Katie, Lawrence, Mary, Nigel, Orla, Phil, Rhonda, Steve, Tegan, Vernon and Wendy. We particularly enjoy the thought of Storm Wendy!
Severe south-westerly gales pose a significant risk to disrupting transport, and could cause large waves to batter the coastline in affected areas. While flooding is not expected to be a widespread concern, isolated flooding is possible. Before the storm hits, we can expect gusty showers across the whole country, along with high temperatures, so be sure to give your roof a once over to limit the damage the storm is capable of inflicting!
Ribble Valley Roofing tips: the storm edition
If you have any loose items in the garden like garden gnomes or patio furniture, be sure to put them in the shed or interior of your home for safe keeping – even seemingly lightweight objects can do significant damage to your home if they are battered against it hard enough!
Gale force winds + ladders are a definite no-no, so ensure that all your roof tiles are intact and in place before the weather turns! Another top tip is to trim loose or overhanging tree branches before things get blustery! Trees can do a large amount of damage to the roof of your home, and it’s better to be safe than sorry! Our roofers in Ribble are happy to rectify the damage – but the prevention is easier (and cheaper) than the cure!
Batten down the hatches while it’s blustery, and be sure to stay inside if travel isn’t necessary. Safety first, folks! Now put your feet up with a lovely cup of tea!