By Maximilian Clarke

With winds of up to 100mph blasting parts of Scotland and gusts of around 45mph expected across much of the UK on Thursday and Friday, Aviva is advising homeowners to take basic precautions to protect themselves and their property.

High winds emanating from what has been affectionately dubbed 'hurricane bawbag' by Twitter users have already caused damage to properties in the North, though the extent of the damage is currently unclear. As hurricane bawbag continues to pass over the UK, escalating damage is expected.

Aviva, with their network of contractors, claims teams and call centre staff, are standby to help those who might be affected by the stormy weather.

“Like floods, tornadoes, earthquakes and freeze, storms and gales are covered as standard by your home insurance policy,” said Carole Gallagher, head of property claims at Aviva.

“There is no such thing as an 'Act of God' exclusion - this is exactly what your insurance covers you for!

“So any damage caused to your property as a direct result of storm force wind and rain is covered AND if you are forced to move out of your home the cost of alternative accommodation is also paid for. We can make separate arrangements for your pets, too!”

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