Summer going down a storm

PUBLISHED: 10:00 16 June 2012

Storms battered Weston's seafront

Storms battered Weston's seafront

Alex Evans

A WOMAN had to be rescued after a tree was blown onto her car as gale-force winds and violent storms hit North Somerset.

Storms battered Weston and North Somerset last Thursday and Friday, threatening to breach sea defences and felling trees.

Police and ambulance crews were called out at about 8.45am on Friday after a tree was blown over on the A370 in Brockley Combe, landing on a woman’s car.

She was rescued from the vehicle and, amazingly, escaped unscathed.

The road had to be closed in both directions and Western Power Distribution workers were called out after a live power line ended up in the road.

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for the South West, stating that gusts up to 70mph would hit in some areas.

Earlier in the week police warned drivers to take care on the roads during the severe weather as an accident on the M5 saw tyre debris left littered across the road and standing water building up on the surface.

RNLI crews had to rescue a windsurfer who got into trouble on Thursday evening in rough seas.

The man had been windsurfing at Brean Down when Weston RNLI crews were called to rescue him from the Bristol Channel at about 9pm.

Lifeboat volunteers picked him up and took him back to shore, cold and tired but otherwise unhurt.

Storm waves crashed against Weston’s seafront defences during the high tide on Friday morning, with water spraying onto the promenade and flooding the pavement.

Trees were also ripped from the ground in Burnham and Grove Park in Weston, according to pictures sent in by Mercury readers via

Contributors included Trish Bowdrey, Loves Café, Alan Hadley, Sue Sayer and Paul Ratcliffe - and you can view a full gallery of their pictures by logging on to

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