An elderly man today spoke of his shock after his bedroom wall collapsed in high gusts as he lay in bed.
Yunus Bodi, 71, was jolted from his bed at 8am yesterday when 30mph winds sent bricks tumbling from his house wall, dislodging a bedroom window and crashing into a shed below.
The cost of repairing the damage is expected to run into thousands of pounds, and the neighbouring terraced home was also badly damaged, including its outdoor toilet.
Part of the roof has also been left exposed.
Yunus, of Manchester Road, Frenchwood, Preston, said it sounded ‘like an earthquake’.
He said: “Because of the wind I could not sleep, I was frightened.
“There was a big bang like somebody had dropped a bomb.
“I thought maybe something had been damaged or fallen down, so I looked out the window and saw the damage to the toilet and the shed.
“It is really frightening, it shook all of the building.
“I cannot use my bedroom because it is very cold, and it has knocked the window out of the frame. I am worried about the whole roof coming off.”
His wife Zuleikha, 70, used the shed for storing cooking and cleaning equipment, and would go into it throughout the day.
She said: “It was really frightening, it is very lucky nobody was in the yard. I am in and out all day long.
“I would go in more than 20 times a day, we were lucky it was not during the day time.
“It is so distressing and frightening, it is not easy to take in.”
Insurance assessors were due to visit the home today, and the bill was expected to run into thousands of pounds.
Across Britain, gale force winds caused major disruption yesterday with 105mph gusts recorded at Malin Head, Scotland, and 102mph in Edinburgh.
The Met Office issued a ‘yellow warning’ for heavy winds in the North West yesterday, and today there were expected to be gusts of between 21mph and 25mph in Preston during the day, increasing to 32mph at night.
Rail passengers on West Coast Mainline were also hit with delays between Carlisle and Scotland.
First TransPennine Express services between Carlisle and Edinburgh were suspended yesterday morning, but resumed in the afternoon. Services between Carlisle and Glasgow Central remained suspended.