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Trees fall to Storm Eleanor winds

'It was lucky nobody was walking past at the time - it could have been a lot worse'

04 January, 2018 — By Samantha Booth

A tree fell close to a car in Gillespie Road, Highbury, during the storm

STRONG winds from Storm Eleanor destroyed 11 trees in Islington including one which nearly collapsed on a vintage car.

Islington Council said they had received 26 emergency callouts as of Thursday morning, with the first at 2am on Wednesday as gusts of up to 100mph battered the country. In Highbury, a large tree in Gillespie Road snapped at the root, collapsing onto the pavement and scraping the side of an old Volvo.

Paul Campbell, owner of the gourmet pie shop, Piebury Corner, said strong gusts of wind came down the street early on Wednesday morning. Mr Campbell, who lives nearby, spotted the tree next to his neighbour’s car at about 9.30am while walking his dog.

The 52-year-old said: “The storm was really bad for about an hour-and-a-half at 5am. It was lucky nobody was walking past at the time. It could have been a lot worse. There were deep scratches on the car and the wing mirror was taken off.”

Another huge tree also fell in Bryantwood Road, near Drayton Park railway station. The council said they were expecting further calls on Thursday afternoon as stormy winds began to pick up again.


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