A devastated family was having breakfast when the roof of a nearby house crashed into their kitchen during Hurricane Eunice.
Martin Small and his family were just beginning their day when a metal roof hit their home and destroyed their garden in Ernestal, Plymouth.
Hurricane Younes, a severe red weather warning, wreaked havoc across the country yesterday – and the small family was shocked when the roof of a local Riverview Care Home collapsed into the garden.
At 10 a.m. Friday, in a horrific ordeal, their windows were smashed, the fence crushed and the garden destroyed.
Hurricane Younes stopped the Brits yesterday with winds of 122 mph – flying debris and strong winds made it one of the worst storms in history.
The family was having breakfast in the garden when they “jumped off their skin” – but thankfully no one was hurt.
Talking about his trial of Younes, Martin said Plymouth Live“We’re a little shaken, we’re sitting at the breakfast table and then the roof comes out the window.”
“We didn’t expect that. We almost jumped out of our skins. It’s not just a big piece of metal, half the roof has come out of our window.
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“The fence is completely destroyed, the ornamental garden is completely destroyed, the conservatory’s rear window will have to be replaced.”
The roof, which was blown off a nearby care home during the storm, was about 10 meters and 40 meters long, Martin said.
He said: “In our back garden there is a strip 10 meters wide and about 40 meters long and then there is debris all around the Riverview Care Home.
“The roof is in the trees all around the road.
“My neighbors have said that a strip of roof has come down and hit their shed. It has destroyed the shed and they can no longer close their doors.
“There are no injuries so far, but flying around is just a matter of time in my opinion. It could be beheading anyone in an instant.”
An Easter Group spokesman, who owns Riverview Care Home, said: “We are deeply concerned about the current situation in Riverview.
“Our top priority is the safety of our customers and we are working with local authorities and emergency services to respond to the situation.
“Our customer service team partners are on site to reassure affected people and we will continue to work with our partners to ensure adequate temporary accommodation and support is available to each customer. . “
A Devon and Cornwall police spokesman said: “Police were notified around 10 a.m. that part of the roof of a residential house on Hornchurch Road in Plymouth had been blown off.
“Fire services are on the scene and no casualties have been reported.”