Video: Watch the moment strong winds pull off council building roof

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This is the dramatic moment strong winds blew the whole roof off an office and sent it crashing into a nearby car park.

The staggering footage sees a 100ft flat roof, roughly a third the size of a football pitch and weighing more than two tonnes, lift off the building and clear a hedge before falling on to parked cars in Whitchurch in Shropshire. Amazingly no-one was injured.

The footage was captured by office worker Roy Nicholson who said: "The wind got underneath the whole sheet of the roof.

"The whole flat roof, as well as the insulation, lifted from the building at the back of our office, cleared a hedge and landed on top of parked vehicles in our car park."

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The fire service were able to free most of the trapped cars but were having to bring in some heavier lifting gear today to release one of the vehicles.

Communities were today facing a fresh battering by heavy wind, rain, and even snow as Valentine's Day storms threatened to wreak havoc across Britain.

Forecasters warn that the appalling conditions which have ravaged communities show no signs of abating, with heavy rain expected today and tomorrow.


The Met Office has warned wind, rain and snow is expected to strike in a 'multi-pronged attack' with up to 40mm (1.6 ins) of rain set to fall in just six hours while gusts of up to 80mph blast through parts of the country.

The Environment Agency has 17 severe flood warnings – which mean a risk to life – in place in the Thames Valley and Somerset, as well as 131 flood warnings issued across England and Wales.

Today, Prime Minister David Cameron said he is 'very sorry' for the suffering caused by the extreme weather afflicting large swathes of the country, as he promised to do 'whatever it takes' to help those affected.

Visiting Blackpool to view relief efforts, Mr Cameron said: "People need to be reassured that we will do whatever it takes to help people during this very difficult time."

Asked whether he would repeat Communities Secretary Eric Pickles' apology for the Government's early response to the crisis, Mr Cameron said: "Of course I am very sorry for any way that people have suffered.

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