A single family’s £750,000 home was destroyed when a large oak tree collapsed onto the roof during the murderous storm Eunice.
400 year old oak tree uprooted by Wind 122mphdamaged part of a detached home in Stondon Massey, north of Brentwood.
Dominic Good, 57, was on his work-from-home conference call on Friday morning when he was interrupted by an “almighty crash”.
And after getting over the initial shock, the father said to BBC family “did the very British thing and went to the pub.”
The father of two said his family was “very lucky” that no one was injured after the giant oak tree crashed through their roof.
He said: ‘A strong wind just knocked down the base of a massive oak tree in our garden, which is probably about 400 years old.
“All the trees fell in the northwest corner of the house and the roof was badly damaged.
“The roof was pretty much destroyed, and my son’s and my daughter’s bedrooms were completely filled with rubble.”
Mr Good said his wife Emma, 23-year-old son Sven and his son’s girlfriend, Anna Parnanen, were all in different rooms of the house working when the tree fell.
His son was also completely “crushed” by a Mazda MX5 by overturned oak branches.
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Mr. Tot added: “My son was in the room below (where the tree was crushed) so he really witnessed.
“He grabbed his laptop while grabbing the dog and running out of the room.”
The family had been anticipating some possible storm damage from the very strong gusts but “couldn’t believe” how destructive it would be.
“I was concerned that a branch might hit the house or something because it was an extremely strong wind, but that’s something else,” Mr. Good said.
“We’re very fortunate that no dog or person in the house was affected in any way … other than breathing in the dust.”
The family was able to spend the night in their home but it is not yet certain if this can happen after the tree is cut down.
Mr Good said: “We spent the rest of Friday trying to get things out of the room but everything was covered in dust and debris and just a general mess.
“I think maybe once they remove the tree from the house they will have to tear down a sizable portion of the house and rebuild it.
“We’ll have to talk to the insurance company and handle it from there.”
Meanwhile, the catastrophic storm caused the death of at least four people.
Two Several days of weather warnings have been issued after the worst storm in years.
Bad weather conditions lead to chaotic travel, flight cancellations, power cut and the police force was flooded with calls.
The train network was hampered by flying debris – and there was much damage to buildings and homes with O2’s roof ripped off.
But major cleanup efforts in the coming days could be thwarted because yellow wind and rain warning currently being applied across large areas of the country.
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