Strong wind can create serious damage to everyday life, from flying debris, disruption to travel and in some cases threats to life.

The strongest-ever wind was recorded back in 1986 at Cairngorm Summit with gust speeds of 173mph. 

Although higher places are more likely to be hit by wind, low-land regions are often hit with fast and dangerous winds during storms.

As more parts of the UK are being met with strong winds, people should be aware of how dangerous wind speed can be.

With levels broken down into categories from non-threatening to extreme that lead to a threat to life.

What speed of wind is dangerous?

In the UK wind speeds recorded above 45mph can become dangerous with a high risk of falling items including branches and trees.

Driving at high speeds of above 45mph can also be dangerous with advice from the AA to avoid using vehicles if possible in high wind conditions.

To make the public aware of the dangerous wind, the Met Office issues warnings when bad weather is expected, with levels of danger broken down to yellow, amber and red.

How to stay safe during strong winds

According to the Met Office, there are five main things you can do to stay safe during strong wind.

Protect your property

Protecting your property it will stop any risk of injury any person by stopping bins, plant bots, garden furniture, trampolines and sheds from flying off.

Take precautions when driving

Before driving, you should plan your route and check for any delays as well as listen out for travel updates and make sure you have a fully charged phone.

Drive safely in strong winds 

Strong winds can make driving dangerous, to stay safe you should drive slowly, be cautious of your surroundings and hold the steering wheel firmly.

Being safe on the coast

If you live near the coast you want to check local forecasts for tides and stay away from the sea.

Being safe when out

Strong winds whilst outside can be dangerous so you should stay indoors as much as possible and avoid trees.