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Slough: Storm Brendan’s strong winds tear chunk of roof off high street building

Footage of an enormous roof of flats that fell into Slough high street was posted on Twitter, showing shocked bystanders investigating the wreckage

 

 

An enormous chunk of a roof was torn off of a block of flats housing 200 people on a high street by storm Brendan after high winds shook the UK.

Shocking footage shows the roof of a building in ruins on the high street in Slough after it was blown off this evening. The building is believe to be used for residential and commercial purposes.

A bystander who filmed the incident on his mobile phone posted a clip on Twitter, showing debris and bags being blown around the street.

People can be seen trying to salvage shop signs and awnings that were narrowly missed by the huge structure.

One person who lives in the block of flats told MailOnline they heard the roof groaning shortly before it flew off.

The incident happened just before 6pm.

 

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Slough incident: Huge section of roof ‘ripped off building’ in High Street during strong winds

A taxi driver has described how his car was only metres away from being hit by the falling roof.

Haris Baig, 30, from Slough, said he was driving along the High Street when he saw a large section of roof crash down in front of him.

He said: “At first I thought it was scaffolding, but then I realised the whole roof had come down. There was a massive amount of noise.

“I was about 15 metres away and slammed on my brakes. I got out to see if everyone was alright. That was my first reaction, but at the same time I was thinking is this even safe?”

Mr Baig said he did not see anyone injured, but heard that one person had broken their leg.

“It was a disaster. It was a miracle no one was killed.”

 
The aftermath of the damage caused which is believed to have been caused by the weather
The aftermath of the damage caused by the windy weather

South Central Ambulance Service say it’s thought there were no injuries during the incident.

A Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said three fire engines attended the scene after the roof was removed ‘in the wind’. The fire service are not ‘100% sure’ if anyone is still in the building.

He added: “The roof has come off in the wind. The current situation is trying to make the scene safe.”

A council spokesman has urged people to avoid the area: “We are aware of the incident in Slough High Street and specialist officers are on route to assist emergency services.”

Thames Valley Police wrote on Twitter: “Officers are currently at the scene of an incident in Slough. It is believed that part of a building in the High Street has collapsed as a result of the weather conditions.

“We do not believe that anyone has been seriously injured, and we are working with other emergency services to make the scene safe.

“The road is closed and people are advised to avoid the area. Thank you to everyone for their ongoing patience while we deal with the incident.”

 
Police have closed off part of Slough’s high street 

Housing firm Paradigm Housing said the incident in Slough had affected one of its properties, although it is unclear whether the roof had come off its building.

In a statement on Twitter, the firm said: “We are aware of an incident affecting one of our properties in Slough.

“We have staff on site and are working with the emergency services and supporting residents.

“If you need to contact us please ring 0300 303 1010 where you will be connected to our out of hours provider.”

Storm Brendan pummeled the UK today, bringing transport woes for commuters as wind and rain hammered the island.

 
It is believed that no-one was hurt in the shocking incident
It is believed that no-one was hurt in the shocking incident

Waves crashing against a sea wall just metres from a commuter train in Dawlish, Devon, made for a risky-looking journey as 90mph gusts roared in.

Rail passengers suffered delays and temporary speed limits were imposed due to the heavy winds and fallen trees, while drivers were advised to take extra care on the roads.

High winds also forced airlines to divert seven flights scheduled to land at Gatwick Airport.

Large waves hit the sea wall with Storm Brendan bringing high winds 
 
Photos of a double-decker bus hit by a falling tree were posted on Twitter
A double-decker bus was hit by a falling tree

The strongest gust recorded during Storm Brendan was 87mph in South Uist in the Western Isles of Scotland on Monday, with winds of more than 70mph also recorded in Wales and the Isle Of Scilly.

One brave windsurfer delighted in the choppy conditions at the sea off of Preston beach near Weymouth in Dorset.

A warning for rain in the south-east of England remains in place until 9am on Wednesday.

 

source : mirror.co.uk

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