A tree came crashing down on homes in Walsall and there was a string of accidents on the roads as a weekend of wet weather caused chaos.
Heavy rain and strong winds signalled an end to the recent mild weather and wreaked havoc.
A tree toppled on to homes in Bloxwich, while there were crashes in New Invention, Tettenhall in Wolverhampton, and Pedmore, Stourbridge.
The 40ft tree fell on to two homes in a row of three terraced houses while residents slept. Families in Victoria Avenue, Bloxwich, were woken at 2am on Saturday when the impact shook their homes.
Jeannie Sinclair and her daughter Rachel, whose home took most of the impact, today spoke of their shock and said they had been left counting the cost now the tree has been removed.
Miss Sinclair, aged 50, said: “I was in bed and so was my daughter, both sound asleep, when I heard a massive thud. I thought it was an earthquake at first. It really did sound like one, but it didn’t last long enough to be one.
“Rachel got up and asked whether I had heard it. She went and had a look out of her window and just said, ‘Mum, we’ve got a tree on the house’.
“I couldn’t believe it. We immediately came downstairs and sat at the back of the house because we weren’t sure the building was structurally sound.”
The tree tore three holes in the roof and collapsed over the next door property.
She added: “I think we got off lightly. I’m surprised the car wasn’t flattened, at least.”
Council workers spent about four hours on Saturday chopping up the tree and putting the pieces through a chipping machine. Miss Sinclair said the council sent a tree surgeon but as soon as he arrived and saw the size of the tree he called for back-up from the fire service.
Crews were able to quickly remove the tree from the roof.
A neighbour, who did not want to be named, said: “We had noticed the tree had become a bit damaged lately, but it didn’t seem to be a major problem. Part of the wall next to it had been damaged before because it’s a big tree.”
On the roads, firefighters cut free a woman from her silver Ford Fiesta when it was shunted by a 4X4 at the junction of Lichfield Road and Coppice Farm Way, in New Invention, on Saturday. It was the victim’s 23rd birthday.
A car overturned in Pedmore yesterday afternoon. A man also had to be cut free from his car after it smashed into a post box and brick wall in slippery conditions in Wergs Road, Tettenhall, at 4.30pm yesterday.
A lamppost in Guy Avenue, Low Hill, was knocked out of the ground when a car careered into it at 9.30pm yesterday.
In Wolverhampton, a pensioner was hit by a car in the middle of long-running roadworks near to Vine Island on the A449.
Traffic had been travelling in the opposite direction to usual as work continues to transform the layout of the busy island when the pedestrian, believed to be in his 70s, was knocked down at around 10.15am yesterday.
He was hit by a car that was using a contraflow system, heading towards the island on the side of the dual carriageway usually used by vehicles travelling away from the junction.
People living near to the site are now demanding more warning signs are installed at the site.
The poor weather conditions look set to continue for the rest of the week with rain forecast today, Wednesday and Friday.
Temperatures will drop as low as 7C (44F) on Wednesday, while fog is also predicted.