Storm Dudley: Owner's lucky escape as tree falls onto his parked car by Sworder's Field in Bishop's Stortford
A Bishop's Stortford man is counting himself lucky after a tree fell onto his parked car, causing serious damage, in Wednesday evening's high winds as part of Storm Dudley.
The tree was brought down onto his red Vauxhall Corsa in Heron Court, next to the railway line and Sworder's Field. It dented the roof and bonnet and shattered the front windscreen.
The 25-year-old, who gave his name only as Bart, said: "It was so windy. I heard it and I went outside and saw this. Lucky I wasn’t inside.
"The tree touched the building but no one got hurt, so everyone is safe."
He had advice for other motorists: "My poor car. Keep your cars away from trees."
Storm Dudley yesterday saw heavy rain and strong winds sweep across parts of Scotland, northern England and Northern Ireland, bringing down trees, railway cables and power lines. Thousands of people were without power in the North East, Cumbria, North Yorkshire and Lancashire.
Storm Eunice arrives tomorrow. Essex Weather Centre says: "It is likely to have significant impacts across large parts of England and Wales on Friday, with widespread 70-80mph wind gusts. There are still some uncertainties on the exact track, but this storm will be notable."