Force nine winds uproot trees

GUERNSEY’S drought officially ended after 1.8mm of rain fell across the island.

Force nine south-westerly winds were felt in many parts overnight, with the strongest gust of 46 knots recorded at 9pm, bringing down trees and shop signs.

St Martin’s Marks & Spencer saw its sign blown to the ground, resulting in the fire brigade being called out to help at 9.10pm, using its turntable ladder to make the area safe.

Two trees have been blown over at a property in Rue du Hamel, Castel. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29509329)

Other casualties from Monday’s wind were two large trees on the edge of Dorothy Le Conte’s property at Rue du Hamel, on the Castel/St Saviour’s border.

The 81-year-old is a great tree lover.

Two trees have been blown over at a property in Rue du Hamel, Castel. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29509347)

She said it was sad to see the trees uprooted, which had also lifted part of the road.

‘Fortunately they fell onto my land, rather than onto the road, as otherwise they would have blocked it,’ she said.

‘They were many years old – I have been here 30 years and they had always been there.’

Two trees have been blown over at a property in Rue du Hamel, Castel. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29509290)

Her neighbour recently removed some old conifers, which had acted as a wind break, leaving the trees on Mrs Le Conte’s land more exposed to the wind.

Tree surgeon Marcus Barnes had only finished working on the property and tidying up some of the trees a few days ago. Mrs Le Conte said she had called him and hoped the trees would be removed soon.

The property is quite exposed and Mrs Le Conte said the winds had been getting worse over the years, making her worry that it would become harder to grow tall trees in the area in the future.

Signs at M&S in St Martin's were blown down on Sunday night. (Picture by Peter Frankland, 29509253)

The Met office confirmed there were showers expected for the rest of the week, with sunny intervals, force six winds and rain to be seen on Thursday.

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