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Massive tree destroys family carport

Massive tree destroys family carport
A massive tree destroyed a family's carport after falling during strong winds in Cheltenham.

The Herbert family had a lucky escape when the 70ft beech tree came crashing down on the storage facility next to their home. Elsewhere, a 72-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital with head injuries after being hit by wooden and metal security fencing.

Dad Martin told This Is Gloucestershire: "My parents were round to pick up the kids and were just getting them ready when they heard this almighty crash. We had a lucky escape because if it had fallen a few yards either side it would have smashed into the house. In that respect, it could have been a lot worse and we have to be thankful."

Storms continue to batter the UK with the Met Office issuing a 'yellow warning' for heavy rain across the country with some localised flooding mainly north of the border as well as strong winds hitting southern parts.

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Date: 04/01/2012 16:16:58

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