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Halifax issues warning after Met Office predicts storms

Britain is bracing itself for storms over the next 24 hours, in which an estimated 50mm of rain will fall.The south west and north east of England, along with Wales, are expected to be worst-affected by the extreme weather, according to Met Office forecasts.So bad is the forecast that Halifax Home Insurance issued a warning today, recommending that homeowners take steps to protect their properties from damage.The firm said that the householders should secure garden furniture, clear gutters and cut down low-hanging branches, in order to lessen the likelihood of being forced to claim on their home insurance.Senior claims manager for Halifax Home Insurance, Martyn Foulds, commented: "With the cost of storm damage claims often running into thousands, it certainly makes sense for homeowners to take whatever preventative steps they can at this stage to reduce the risk of damage to their homes."He added: "Increasing incidents of extreme weather conditions, such as wind and flood, make it more vital than ever for homeowners to take regular preventative steps to protect their property before disaster strikes."

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