PEOPLE should prepare for high winds this weekend, as the Met Office has issued a Yellow weather warning for wind across most of the UK.

‘Severe gales’ are expected on Friday and Saturday, especially in the west, with patchy ice also likely where skies are clear.

While it’s impossible to predict the extent of severe weather, preparation can help prevent damage and limit the recovery time from extreme events.

Property claims manager at NFU Mutual, Jon Bird, said: “Strong winds in rural areas can cause significant damage as farms and homes are often situated on higher or exposed ground which are less protected by other buildings. Rural areas can be prone to power cuts with lines brought down by high winds and fallen trees.

“At times like these, there’s often a strong urge to go out in gales to try and do emergency repairs to roofs, gutters, or other parts of your property," he noted. "It’s vital people pay regard to the conditions and don’t put themselves and emergency services at risk by attempting anything dangerous.

"Strong gales and patchy ice can also make driving tricky, so motorists are urged to plan their journeys carefully."

NFU Mutual give the following tips for preparing for a storm –

• Stay alert for Met Office weather warnings;

• Don’t risk injury by attempting emergency repairs to homes while storm is raging;

• Prepare for power cuts by making sure you have torches, batteries and that generators are ready;

• Park vehicles in the garage if possible;

• Secure outdoor garden furniture in advance;

• Make sure you have your insurer’s emergency helpline available.