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UK homeowners, particularly in the South East, have been warned to prepare for flood and storm damage by Halifax Home Insurance.

As further storms are predicted to hit the UK this week, Halifax has advised homeowners to prepare for flooding by placing sandbags outside doors, turning off water from the mains and moving as much furniture as possible upstairs.

Those worried about wind damage should secure garden furniture and cut back low-hanging branches, according to Halifax. People whose property has already been flooded should contact their insurer immediately and take photographs of any damaged items.

The Met office has issued similar warnings, adding that gales are the most common cause of damage and disruption in the UK, causing 184 deaths alone between 1962 and 1995.

Martyn Foulds, senior claims manager at Halifax Home Insurance, said: “We were well prepared for this storm and we have got everything in place to respond to customer calls and claims as quickly as possible. Customers in the south east of the country in particular are contacting us as a result of the severe weather conditions. We anticipate more calls coming in as the storm worsens, and we are fully prepared for this.”

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