Trees crash down amid warnings of second successive stormy weekend

Huge trees came crashing down across Wolverhampton as Storm Ciara swept across the West Midlands.

The fallen tree in Jeffcock Road. Photo: Carl Williams
The fallen tree in Jeffcock Road. Photo: Carl Williams

Jeffcock Road in Bradmore was closed yesterday after a tree was blown down.

The tree's branches reached the other side of the road due to its size. And at Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis and Squash Club another tree fell onto a court.

Helen Tottey tweeted saying: "Storm Ciara tried to halt play on the tennis courts, luckily we have indoor courts and plenty more outdoor ones for our members Wolverhampton."

Wolverhampton Council has been asked to comment.

Meanwhile insurance giant Aviva has seen a 285 per cent surge in calls and claims as it helps to repair the damage caused by Storm Ciara.

Aviva said areas which have been particularly badly affected include Birmingham and the wider West Midlands.

The fallen tree in Jeffcock Road. Photo: Carl Williams

Claims included property damage such as loose tiles and broken windows, as well as flooding.

Andrew Morrish, UK claims director, said: "Storm Ciara is unusual in that it has affected a wide area and so far we've seen an increase of around 285 per cent in telephone calls and claims, compared to January.

"The majority of claims have been from people whose properties have been affected by strong winds, such as loose roof tiles, broken windows and fallen trees, but we are also starting to see flood claims.

"We are monitoring the situation closely, particularly where there are flood warnings in place.

Heavy rain could bring isolated flooding in areas this weekend warned the Met Office

And while the weather has eased, the latest storm will sweep across the county this weekend.

Heavy rain and gales is forecast from Storm Dennis bringing the second consecutive weekend of wet and windy weather after Ciara struck with winds of up to 97mph.

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Gusts of 50mph are expected, with more than 60mph possible over hills, coastal areas and exposed locations, the Met Office said.

Predicted heavy rain could also run the risk of further flooding, with 43 warnings still in place in England following recent heavy rainfall.

Chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said: "Another spell of very wet and windy weather is expected for Saturday.

"Although Storm Dennis is currently not expected to be as severe as Ciara, disruption is still likely."

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