Tony Webb with the 60ft fir tree that uprooted and smashed down in his garden in Minster this morning
by Peter Barnett
A family have told how they watched in horror as a giant fir tree was uprooted in 80mph gales and smashed down near their home in Minster, Thanet, this morning.
Villagers Tony and Carol Webb saw the 60ft giant sway and rock until its weight ripped it from their garden.
Tony said: “I was watching the storm from the bedroom window. Suddenly I could see the earth being lifted around the trees. The fence panels in the garden started moving.
A few seconds later the huge tree started to fall. My heart started pounding and I feared it would fall on us.
“Thankfully it fell on the other side and thank God no-one was hurt.”
Neighbour Steph Thompson, a KMG media sales manager, said: “I watched it from our bedroom window. As the gales really intensified just around 7am we saw it starting to rock and for a moment we really thought it could hit the houses.
“Luckily it fell the other way. It was a huge crash and it tore all the roots out of the ground.
"It was very scary and we are all terrifically relived that no-one was in its path when it fell.”
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