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‘Lucky to be alive!’

Thursday, 26 October 2017

‘Lucky to be alive!’ thumbnailTullymore Dale resident, Tommy Dowds, and his neighbour, Andy Kennedy examine the damage to Tommy’s house. GB4304R p1

A BROUGHSHANE man has said he is "lucky to be alive" after a tree crashed into his home, narrowly missing him, as Storm Ophelia battered Mid and East Antrim last week.
Gale force winds from the ex-hurricane caused power outages, tidal surges and road blockages across the island of Ireland and for Tommy Dowds, Ophelia certainly proved to be no storm in a teacup.
Around 12.30pm on Monday, Mr Dowds had been in his garden at Tullymore Dale and went inside to make a cup of coffee.
He went to sit down in the corner of his sunroom when a massive tree collapsed into his home causing substantial damage.
Mr Dowds told the Guardian: "Down it came. There was no warning. There were sustained wind speeds all day but there was no cracking sound and no noticeable gust.
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.

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