Utility workers narrowly missed being hit by an 80ft high tree as it crashed on to a road, a student said today.
The black maple tree fell in the back garden of Josephine Lewis’s Great Barr home.
The drama came as weather experts warned strong winds would batter the east coast from tomorrow, while temperatures are also set to plunge.
Josephine, aged 23, was in the back room of her parents’ house when the tree crashed down at 5pm yesterday.
It blocked the junction of Hamstead Road and Heather Road but missed homes, vehicles and anyone passing by. She said: “It was lucky because there was some utility workers who were in the road shortly before the tree came down.” Another resident, who did not wish to be named, said: “It was such a huge tree that it was so lucky no-one was driving past at the time, as you shudder to think what might have happened.”
Following the fall, police arrived to direct traffic around the tree.
One lane of Hamstead Road and the front garden of a home in Heather Road were covered in branches and leaves from the fallen tree.
Commuters and buses faced delays as police tried to keep traffic flowing in the busy road, off Newton Road. Tree surgeons arrived at the scene at 9pm last night to begin cutting up the tree to clear the road for today. The junction of Hamstead Road was still partly blocked this morning.
Meanwhile, the Met Office warned that gale-force northerly winds would develop overnight with the likelihood of winds gusting between 50 and 60 miles an hour in places tomorrow. A ‘short, sharp shock’ of cold temperatures is expected to descend on the country after its Indian summer.
Temperatures are expected to plunge into single figures overnight in many parts of Britain.