A WOMAN arrived home to find the gable end of her house had been ripped apart by the wind.
Karen Shore said she had been left distraught by the damage to her house in Mold which happened just minutes before she arrived home with her six-year-old son.
“It was horrendous,” she said. “I just broke down in tears.”
“It just destroys you. I was with my little boy and it could have happened as we were getting out of the car.”
Bricks, slates and mortar had fallen to the ground where Miss Shore usually parks her car.
“It was such a shock. You don’t think it will happen to you.
“I had to stay elsewhere overnight because I am not allowed into my house. I can’t get to our clothes – nothing.
“I just hope there is no damage inside. It is very worrying.”
Scaffolders were working to secure the house at the house in Queen’s Park yesterday morning.
Elsewhere a falling tree brought down a telegraph pole on Moor Lane in Hawarden while fallen trees also resulted in road closures on the A5026 at Boot Hill, Old Chester Road in Holywell and at Old Aston Hill, Ewloe.
A man whose car was hit by ridge tiles falling from the roof of his house said he and his family “rode the storm.”
“We stayed in the house and rode the storm but I was worrying how much of the roof would come down,” said Clive Davies, of Tylers Close, Buckley.
“We got neighbours to move their vehicles but my car was damaged and parts of the house were coming down in neighbouring gardens.
“Parts of the roof are still hanging off. It wasn’t nice.”
Claire Jones, who lives in New Brighton, said she was devastated to see roofing tiles come off and fencing blown down.
“It was just shock and devastation,” said the 44-year-old.
“The tiles came off my roof and smashed into my garage. They were crashing down everywhere. It was terrible.”
Ysgol Y Foel in Cilcain, Lixwm Primary School and St David’s Catholic Primary School in Mold were all closed yesterday due to a lack of power.
The Flintshire Bridge at Deeside was closed from 2pm on Wednesday until the early hours of yesterday as wind speeds increased.
Phil Blanchard, who runs the Hafod Brewing Company in Mold and has access to a weather station on Hafod Road, certified wind speeds of 78mph shortly before 5pm on Wednesday, beating the previous year’s gusts of 64mph.
He said: “Wind speed had been increasing throughout the afternoon.
“There were a couple of really loud roars and to see the gauge reading 78mph was quite astonishing.”