Monday, September 12, 2011

'Hurricane Katia blew off my roof': Trees uprooted and buildings damaged as 80mph winds lash Britain - 12th Sept 2011

Britain was today lashed by winds of up to 80mph which tore roofs off buildings, uprooted trees and knocked power out to thousands of homes.

In the worst storm to hit the UK in 15 years, ferries were cancelled and motorists were warned to take extra care when driving.

A couple from Wales have told how they were woken in the night to discover their entire roof had blown off in Hurricane Katia's 60mph gales.

Grandparents Margaret and Derrie Yeardle were amazed at the strength of the winds which ripped off the top of their home in Mount Pleasant, near Merthyr Tydfil, South Wales.

Margaret, 61, said: 'We are really shocked, I never expected anything like this to happen - we've lived here for 40 years and now our house is ruined.

'In some ways we are lucky. It could have so easily come down on us while we were in bed.'

The pensioners were woken at four in the morning by a huge crash and rushed downstairs to discover their roof lying in middle of the street.

Margaret, a retired home support worker, said: 'I saw blue lights flashing through our curtains.

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