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Roofs blown off amid strong winds in Birmingham

2012-11-22 21:40:34

Roof Blown Away

The roofs of a mosque and a house have been blown off in Birmingham during strong winds.

Fire crews were called to Evelyn Road in Sparkhill, Birmingham, after the roof was lifted off the two-storey building. No-one was injured.

Police said there were also no injuries when a roof came off a house in Bordesley Green

In Woolaston, a teenage girl was left with serious head injuries after being hit by a falling tree.

The Met Office earlier issued an amber warning for wet and windy weather in the West Midlands.

There were reports that flooding had left cars stuck on parts of the A38 between Longbridge and Rubery, in Worcestershire.

London Midland said it had suspended services on the cross city line south, between Birmingham and Redditch, although trains were still running between Birmingham and Lichfield.

Chiltern Railways reported rush hour problems on the line between Lapworth and Solihull because of "poor rail conditions".

It said trains were facing delays of up to 25 minutes.

In Blake Lane, Bordesley Green, a roof blew off a house.

Police said the road was closed near to the junction with Yardley Green Road.

In Sparkhill, Evelyn Road was cordoned off as engineers worked to make the Jamia Abdullah Bin Masoud mosque safe.

Watch commander Terry Falaschi, of West Midlands Fire Service, said the roof, which measured about 50sq m, blew off into the road directly in front of it.

He said: "It blew down and hit three cars underneath it.

"Given the time of day, it was very lucky no-one was hurt. No-one was inside the mosque at the time, no-one was inside the cars and luckily no-one was driving or walking past either."

Ambulance crews were called at 15:50 GMT to help two teenage girls who had been hit by a falling tree in Woolaston High Street.

One girl suffered a serious head injury, while the other injured her shoulder. Both were taken to Russells Hall Hospital.

'Weather window'

In Perry Barr, Birmingham, ambulance crews were sent at about 15:00 to help an elderly man who was hit by branches from a falling tree in College Road while he was walking his dog.

Paramedics said the tree had fallen across the pavement and road, taking a lamp-post with it. The man suffered a cut to his head and did not require hospital treatment.

Roof Blown Away

Environment Agency workers spent the early part of the day clearing river blockages ahead of expected heavy rain.

Dave Throup, of the Environment Agency, said the "weather window" of dry, calm weather had given staff the chance to prepare for later.

About 1in (2.5cm) of rain was expected across the West Midlands, he said, with gusts of wind up to 60mph.

"The compounding factor is half of that might fall in the space of an hour," Mr Throup said.

"This could lead to surface water, which will find its way quickly into the rivers which have not yet had a chance to recover from yesterday's rain."

Fire crews were called to Corngreaves Road in Cradley Heath on Wednesday after motorists became trapped in 1m (3ft) of water.

Gail Whittle, who lives on the road, said it had been "chaos".

Midlands Today weather forecaster Shefali Oza said heavy rain was expected to continue overnight, moving eastwards across the region.

She said winds were expected to die down and Friday was expected to be a much drier and calmer day.

A spokesperson for West Midlands Ambulance Service urged motorists to take care throughout the rest of Thursday.

They added: "With more heavy rain and strong winds expected, members of the public are asked to stay safe and be extra vigilant."

A spokesperson for West Midlands Police said: "Please take care if you are making any journeys this evening, wet and windy conditions are making some areas and roads treacherous."


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