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Storm blows roof off and crushes man’s van

Plumber Michael Comber with his work van, which was crushed by falling roof material during Wednesday night's storm.

Plumber Michael Comber with his work van, which was crushed by falling roof material during Wednesday night's storm.

Plumber Michael Comber fell victim to high winds when a roof blew off crushing the van he had been driving just 40 minutes before.

The dad-of-one admits he’s lucky to be alive after his work van was wrecked outside his Heysham home during huge gusts of wind that battered the county.

Michael, 43, of Sandylands Court, Heysham, said: “It missed me by about 40 minutes. My van was parked at the rear of the building in a private parking area.

“When I came out it was pretty much squashed.

“With the time scale, just 40 minutes, I was lucky to get away with it. It just makes you appreciate every day as it is.

“The car is a write-off, the driver’s side is caved in because there’s a lot of weight in the roof. Part of the roof from the adjacent building fell on my Peugeot van and part of it fell down the lift shafts of the building, making them unusable.

“The roof has only been on for a couple of years. My eight-year-old daughter was very upset because I could have died.

“Luckily no-one was hurt.”

Michael’s narrow escape last Wednesday was part of a catalogue of damage and destruction across the district.

A spokesman from the Hazelrigg weather centre at Lancaster University said during last Wednesday’s storm we had an average wind speed of 48mph during the evening, with a gust of 74mph.

“Though someone in Bowerham emailed to say they had recorded a gust of 86mph, which I could well believe,” he added.

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