Footage captured by a local saw a spire fall off St Thomas Church in Wells, Somerset, and come crashing to the ground as Storm Eunice continues to pelt the UK winds up to 120mph. The scary video sees the spire shake in the wind with the ornament on top of the tower shaking violently after the Met Office issued red weather warnings on Friday. Eventually, the spire gets loose and tumbles to the ground with the local vicar completely unaware of the situation until they were informed by police.
Rev Claire Towns spoke to Somerset County Gazette and said: “It happened mid-morning. I had no knowledge of it until the police rang me and asked if it meant to look like that.
“I went back in the house, stared at the bedroom window, and saw it fall down.
“The way it fell, it couldn’t have fallen in a better way in the sense that it fell over and landed in the park in the churchyard without touching anything and nobody was hurt, and that’s a really good thing.
“At this moment it is impossible to say how services will be affected. We are waiting for a structural engineer to come and give us a verdict.
“We have a major restoration project on our hands but there were no damages before. It came as a shock and a surprise to all of us.”
Pictures were taken of the aftermath which showed the relatively intact spire causing a giant crack in the concrete pedestrian path below.
The church, which has been there since the mid-1800s, was hoped to weather most of the storm due to its history.
Rev Claire Towns added: “At the moment we are in emergency mode and then we will do the restoration when we know more. In terms of cost, it could be relatively small, but the effort will be phenomenal because of the height.
People across the country have been told not to travel with several schools and businesses closing due to the harsh weather.
Damage from the storm has been widely documented with the roof of the O2 arena being shredded by the winds.
Footage has also been captured of a lorry toppling over on the M2 after a gust of wind caught it by surprise.
While millions are stuck at home due to the weather, many have chosen to tune into Big Jet TV which broadcasts from airports across Europe.
A live stream has seen hundreds of thousands of people watching as they look at planes struggling to land at Heathrow Airport and battle the elements.
Qatar Airline A380-800 made three attempts before finally being able to land at Heathrow Airport as the pilot was forced to pull away twice as he lost his fight with the wind.
Once the plane finally landed, Britons took to Twitter to share their elation at seeing the flight finally reach its destination.