The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for much of the UK, with strong winds expected in Preston on Tuesday.
During Storm Barra, residents can expect road, rail, air and ferry transport delays, with some bus and train services affected.
There will be delays for high-sided vehicles on exposed routes and bridges, and some short term loss of power and other services is possible.
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Some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will likely be affected by spray and large waves.
Before a storm, the Met has warned residents to:
- Secure loose objects such as ladders, garden furniture or anything else that could be blown into windows and other glazing and break.
- Close and securely fasten doors and windows, particularly those on the windward side of the house and large doors such as those on garages.
- Park vehicles in a garage if available. Otherwise, keep them clear of buildings, trees, walls and fences.
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- Close and secure loft trapdoors with bolts, especially if the roof pitch is less than 30°.
- If the house has storm shutters over the windows, ensure they are closed and fastened.
- If chimney stacks are tall and in poor condition, move beds away from areas directly below them.
During a storm:
- Be careful not to touch any electrical/telephone cables that have been blown down or are still hanging.
- Do not walk too close to walls, buildings and trees, as they may have weakened.
- Ensure that any vulnerable neighbours or relatives are safe and help them make arrangements for any repairs.
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