Storm Eunice: dramatic video shows church spire being toppled to the ground in Somerset

A church spire was blown to the ground by Storm Eunice - and it’s been called a “miracle” that no-one was injured

Storm Eunice has battered the UK today (18 February), and one of the most dramatic incidents happened when a church spire toppled to the ground.

This video shared on social media shows the spire being blown off St Thomas Church in Wells, Somerset.

Ian Fergusson tweeted that "it's a miracle that this sizeable and very heavy spire tip... didn't hit anyone."

The Grade II listed church in Wells dates back to 1857 and was once the biggest building in the cathedral city.

The church’s website describes the tower being crowned by “a fine iron cross by Skidmore”.

Video captures the moment the spire toppled from the church (Photo: Twitter / @djstay81)Video captures the moment the spire toppled from the church (Photo: Twitter / @djstay81)
Video captures the moment the spire toppled from the church (Photo: Twitter / @djstay81)

Storm Eunice is causing havoc across the country. Earlier, footage emerged of roof panels being ripped off the O2 Arena in London, and rail services and flights have been severely disrupted.

More windy weather on Saturday could hamper clear-up efforts in the aftermath of Storm Eunice, the Met Office has said.

While gusts are not forecast to be as strong as Friday’s, their timing after what is expected to be a major storm might cause issues, the forecaster warned.

A yellow weather warning for wind has been issued for 6am on Saturday until 6pm, affecting the south and south west coast of England, Herefordshire and much of Wales.

Wind speeds are expected to get up to 60mph through the Bristol Channel and along the south coast of England, and around 50mph inland.

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