STORM Isha arrived unceremoniously on the Isle of Wight this afternoon (Sunday) and the Met Office has issued some useful five tips on how to be prepared and stay safe in strong winds.

The Isle of Wight was hit with an upgraded amber weather warning for wind. 

According to the national Met Office's warning, Storm Isha will bring very strong winds during this evening and into tomorrow (Monday), with disruption to travel and power outages likely.


Follow these tips for strong wind conditions, say the Met Office:

  • Protect your property from damage and other people from injury — check and secure loose items outside your home like bins, trampolines and plant pots.
  • Prepare for journeys — check your route and pack essentials such as warm clothing and food and drink. Charge your mobile fully.
  • Driving safely — go slow and be aware of high-sided vehicles. Give cyclists, motorbikes other vehicles more room.
  • Staying safe on the coast — beware of large waves and take extra care if walking near cliffs. In an emergency 999 (UK) or 112 (Ireland) and ask for the Coastguard.
  • Avoiding injury outdoors — being outside in high winds makes you more vulnerable to injury, if you do go out, try not to walk or shelter close to buildings and trees.

You can read the Met Office's full advice here.