Most people agree that while ex-hurricane Ophelia was dramatic at the time it didn’t cause too much damage. Three people were killed in Ireland and none in England and although the up to ten million pounds worth of damage seems bad enough, it could have been much worse. For most of us the most difficult thing was the dust it brought from the Sahara and the ash from the wild fires that it fanned in Spain and Portugal on the way up. Sadly there were a few fatalities there caused by the intensity of those fires. But for us things got back to normal quickly enough.
We mustn’t forget though that Ophelia was unusual. A hurricane had never taken that track up the Atlantic Ocean in all of recorded history. The cause was the unusually warm surface water that meant that a storm that would normally have been dampened by colder sea temperatures actually gained strength as it was heading north.
So what can we expect in the future? It is climate change that is fuelling the higher sea temperatures and so we are warned that it could happen again. The centre of storm Ophelia actually missed the north east of England but that isn’t to say that the next one won’t be more severe.
So while K2 professional window cleaning and floor cleaning are able to get rid of the dirt and grime from an extreme weather event it is a wise move be thinking about what to do next time something like this happens.
So what can we do to protect ourselves in the future?
Firstly listen carefully to what the authorities tell you to do. If they say don’t go out then don’t go out. If they tell you to evacuate, do that. Try to be as prepared as possible ahead of time. If you have vulnerable relatives that you won’t be able to get to during the storm bring them in to stay with you. Don’t try to repair anything until the storm is over; in fact don’t put your head outside the door in case you get hit by a falling roof tile or other debris.
Have a stash of useful items; many people put together a go-bag. A common problem with storms is that the electricity will go out and most people immediately reach for the candles but if you do beware of the dangers of naked flames. Bring out the battery operated fairy lights instead and use the torches that strap onto your head.
Make sure you have filled all your containers with water because if the supply is interrupted you will still need to drink. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged as you may need to check on loved ones. If the call service is interrupted you may still be able to text. Don’t light any fire that has a back boiler as without electricity to circulate the water they can boil and explode. Beware of potential storm surges especially if you live in a low lying coastal region. And as for entertainment bring out the board games and the card games and tell stories or have an actual conversation like we did before technology took over our lives.
When everything is over you might well need a clean-up squad so keep K2’s phone numbers handy. Remember that Paul and his friendly, expert team operate all over the north-east of England, including: Ponteland, Tyneside, Gosforth, Morpeth, Wallsend, Newcastle, Wideopen, Gateshead, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth and North Shields.
You can reach them: 07584 090 508 or 0191 263 6648