Strong winds cause havoc and damage

The enormous oak tree blown down in Tunstall Lodge Park, blocking the driveway to the house of Sarah Smith.

The enormous oak tree blown down in Tunstall Lodge Park, blocking the driveway to the house of Sarah Smith.

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STUNNED Sara Smith told today how a massive tree came crashing down as high winds caused problems across Wearside.

The 43-year-old said it was lucky that no one was hurt when the massive oak was blown over at Tunstall Lodge Park, in Burdon Road, blocking her driveway.

The enormous oak tree blown down in Tunstall Lodge Park, blocking the driveway to the house of  Sarah Smith

The enormous oak tree blown down in Tunstall Lodge Park, blocking the driveway to the house of Sarah Smith

Emergency services were called to incidents across Sunderland, including an outhouse roof being ripped off, and loose tiles and guttering.

Sara said she was in a meeting, when her partner Adam sent a text to say powerful gusts had uprooted the oak tree yesterday morning.

Sara, 43, a bellydancing teacher, said: “If it was the weekend there could have been kids playing out or I could have been coming down the drive.”

Sara is now unable to get on to her driveway.

The enormous oak tree blown down in Tunstall Lodge Park, blocking the driveway to the house of  Sarah Smith, who is unable to get her car near the house as the driveway is blocked.

The enormous oak tree blown down in Tunstall Lodge Park, blocking the driveway to the house of Sarah Smith, who is unable to get her car near the house as the driveway is blocked.

People living on the private estate will have to pay to have the tree removed.

Sara said: “One came down last month and three trees have fallen all together.

“Because we are on private land we all have to pay for a gardening company to come in and get rid of it.

“We’ve just got rid of the last stuff. I just can’t believe it.”

Strong winds blowing up to 40mph also tore the roof off an outhouse in South Hylton.

Neighbours heard a loud bang and spotted it tangled up in overhead cables above Claxheugh Road at around 3pm yesterday.

Crews from Sunderland North fire station were also called out because of the high-speed gusts.

They used a hydraulic platform to deal with dangerously loose guttering in Fulwell Road and hazardous tiles in Zetland Street, Monkwearmouth.