‘I’m lucky it was not a few feet taller’ - Tree crashes down next to Norwich woman’s home

The tree blown down in Moore Avenue, which brought down the phone lines. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The tree blown down in Moore Avenue, which brought down the phone lines. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

A Norwich woman had a lucky escape when a tree came crashing down just feet away from her home.

The tree blown down in Moore Avenue, which brought down the phone lines. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The tree blown down in Moore Avenue, which brought down the phone lines. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2018

Denise Appleton said she was in bed when a strong gust of wind toppled a tree outside her bungalow in Moore Avenue this morning.

The 69-year-old said: 'There was a massive gust at one point and I looked out of the window and the three was almost in my house.

'I am very lucky the tree was not a few feet taller else my roof could have been damaged.'

The tree, which previously stood on a grass verge in front of her home, landed on a small wall.


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Elsewhere in Norfolk, the gable end of a house on Baxter Close in Fakenham collapsed.

And in Lenwade a power cable came down near the Dinosaur Adventure Park.

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Dan Holley, forecaster at Weatherquest in Norwich, said 83mph winds had been recorded at Tibenham - the strongest in the region for five years.

Numerous roads have been affected by downed trees, thousands of homes are without power, schools have been closed and trains and flights have been cancelled.

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