Gales cause havoc

The tree blown down by the wind in Tunstall Lodge Gardens, Sunderland

The tree blown down by the wind in Tunstall Lodge Gardens, Sunderland

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FIREFIGHTERS across Wearside and East Durham were called to a series of incidents caused by dangerously high winds.

The severe weather also ripped a huge tree from its roots in Tunstall Lodge Gardens in Sunderland, pictured above.

Mum Sara Smith, 43, returned to her home, just off Burdon Road, with son Sam, 10, to find a huge tree lying in her drive.

“I got a real shock when I came in,” she said.

“I came back home and found it there. It’s probably 50ft wide and 100ft tall.”

Ms Smith, also mum to Brogan, 18, added: “It’s like Armageddon.

“I know it’s been really gusty but you just don’t expect this kind of thing.”

 Fire crews were called to Southwick Road last night after a gable end was blown down. High winds were blamed for a power surge which damaged electrical equipment in homes in Webb Avenue, Murton, at about 5pm.

A crew from Seaham fire station cordoned off an area of Polemarch Street in the town at about 6.30pm until an electrical cable which had been brought down by the gales could be made safe.