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Severe weather warning as storms lash UK

home insuranceAn Atlantic storm which has brought strong winds to the UK on Thursday will continue into Friday, with gale force winds of up to 165mph in some areas, says the Met Office.

The strongest winds are affecting Scotland, northern parts of Northern Ireland, and North East England - with winds of 165mph recorded in Cairngorm, Scotland on Thursday.

Severe weather warnings have been issued for these areas to warn of potential travel disruption and the possibility of some structural damage to homes.

Travellers have been warned of flight disruptions due to the severe weather – a flight from Birmingham to Scotland was diverted to Newcastle on Thursday due to the strong winds.

Snow expected

Brent Walker, a forecaster at the Met Office, said: "As the storm passes through and moves to the east of the UK on Friday, north-westerly winds will bring in cold air which will see a drop in temperatures.

"This is expected to bring snow to northern and western parts of the UK, while other parts of the country will see a cold night on Friday with widespread temperatures of around -1 °C."

Further severe weather warnings have been issued for snow in western Scotland, Northern Ireland and North West England on Friday and Saturday.

The Met Office has also issued a cold weather alert for northwest England and the West Midlands.

Insurance claims

Insurers will be reacting quickly to help policyholders who have suffered home damage caused by the high winds hitting Scotland and other parts of the UK, says the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

Storm damage, such as that caused by high winds, will be covered by home insurance policies.

Comprehensive motor insurance will cover damage caused to vehicles.

People who have suffered damage should contact their insurer as soon as possible for advice and to get the claim moving.

Emergency helplines

Most insurers have 24-hour emergency helplines but for a comprehensive list of insurers, see our list here.

If necessary, arrange for any temporary repairs to stop the damage getting worse. Keep receipts, as they will form part of your claim.

Nick Starling, the ABI’s director of general insurance, said: “Insurers expect bad weather to strike and are geared up to dealing with claims for storm damage.

“Their number one priority is to ensure that anyone who suffers damage gets their claim dealt with as quickly as possible.”

Find out how to protect your home from bad winter weather and when your insurer won’t pay out for storm damage.


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