December 11 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
A Hempnall man has described the “surreal experience” as a tree slowly fell past his window as Norfolk was battered by St Jude’s storm yesterday morning.
Mark Woods, 49, of The Street, Hempnall, was busy doing his architectural services work at home when he saw the 20m tall silver birch in his front garden slowly come down with hardly a sound.
He said: “It just gradually came falling down and that was it. Just seeing it go passed the window there was no crack or thump as it hit the ground.
“It was quite surreal really. It was quite gradual, quite peaceful. It was not a dramatic fall.”
Part of the tree is resting on the roof, which is preventing it from falling further, but Mr Woods said the full extent of the damage would not be known until this morning, when the tree was due to be removed by a tree surgeon. However, he believed there had been some damage to the porch and the eaves, though the house was still habitable.
There was also a Nissan Micra in the driveway as the tree fell, but this escaped major damage.
Mr Woods lives with wife Lynn, 46, and children Luke, 17 and Ben, 14, who were also uninjured by the falling tree.
He added there was hardly any wind at the time the 40-year-old tree fell at 8am, which made the collapse even more inexplicable.
“The wind was not that strong to be honest so it was quite surprising that it did come down.”