Narrow escape after winds bring a tree crashing down
VIOLENT winds and torrential rain have caused problems in isolated parts of Cornwall.
The Met Office initially issued a yellow weather warning on Friday, predicting heavy winds and rain over the weekend. On Sunday a family in Bissoe, near Truro, had a lucky escape when a tree toppled on to their house at 2am, narrowly missing their children's bedrooms, before crashing on to three cars.
Bill Cadwell, 55, and his wife Julie said their grown-up children Jody, 27, an ambulance first responder, and son Karl, 23, were woken by branches striking the windows of their bedrooms at the front of the house.
Mr Cadwell said: "They were frightened and had a very lucky escape. A few more inches and the tree would have been inside their rooms. They could have been killed."
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The tree had crushed an Alfa Romeo and badly damaged a Peugeot 208 and a BMW, he said.
"The tree's at least 40ft high and has to be around 100 years old.
"The roots have been ripped out and completely exposed.
"I have no idea how extensive the damage is and won't know until the tree has been removed.
"My son's car is only insured third-party, so he's unlikely to get any cover to replace or repair the vehicle."
The family was contacting staff at the Tregothnan Estate, which owns the land, to assess the damage and have the tree removed.
On Monday, a fallen tree entangled in power lines blocked the B3284 road outside the Rose in Vale Country House Hotel in Mithian, near St Agnes.
No one was hurt, the hotel remained accessible and the tree was cleared away by workers from Western Power Distribution and Cormac on Tuesday afternoon.
The fire service said there had been no other major incidents, but the Met Office has a yellow alert in place until tomorrow at the earliest, forecasting heavy rain, localised flooding and strong winds.