Storm Doris: Debris kills woman in Wolverhampton

Image source, Express & Star
Image caption, Ambulance crews said they received 15 calls from members of the public

A woman has died after being hit by "coffee table-sized" debris in Storm Doris.

The 29-year-old was passing Starbucks coffee shop in Dudley Street, Wolverhampton, at about 11:45 GMT when wooden debris from a nearby building hit her, police said.

She suffered "very serious head injuries" and died at the scene.

A number of people were also injured as winds of up to 94mph were recorded across the UK.

At 22:00, UK Power Networks said 35,295 homes remained without power across East Anglia, including 18,720 in Norfolk and 10,180 in Suffolk.

Media caption, Aerial footage of storm death scene in Wolverhampton

The area outside the coffee branch was sealed off by police after the woman was fatally hit.

A spokesman for Starbucks said: "We are shocked and saddened by this terrible incident.

"We are supporting the police with their investigation and our store will remain closed until further notice."

Image source, Express & Star
Image caption, The woman was hit by debris near Starbucks in Wolverhampton city centre

Ambulance crews received about 15 emergency calls at about 11:45 following the incident.

Rebecca Davis, a 40-year-old teacher from Wolverhampton, said the woman was hit with debris resembling a piece of roof which was "about the size of a coffee table".

"I think the wind broke it and caused it to fall," she said.

"I don't know if it was hit by something else or just the wind did it."

Image caption, It is believed the woman killed was aged between 20 and 30
Image caption, Debris on the floor outside the cafe

Fire services across the country took thousands of weather-related calls as trees came down on to houses, cars, roads and railway lines.

Media caption, Dashcam footage from driving instructor Paul Smith shows a narrow escape from a falling tree

Ambulance crews treated several injured people.

A woman in her 60s was seriously injured when she was hit by a car-port roof in Stoke-on-Trent.

In London, a man was found with suspected head injuries in Victoria Street after police were alerted to reports of "debris falling from the roof of a building".

In Merseyside, a man in his 60s suffered back and pelvic injuries when a tree fell in Crosby, North West Ambulance Service said.

Image caption, A trackside fire was started by a tree falling on overhead cable on the rail line at Ware in Hertfordshire

Train services were also affected, with Virgin Trains suspending all services until 17:00 when a "very reduced service" ran to the end of the day.

In Hertfordshire, a trackside fire was started by a tree falling on to an overhead cable on the railway line at Ware.

Abelio Greater Anglia said it blocked "all lines", delaying services.

West Midlands Police urged people to to take care after it revealed it had received 3,500 calls by 15:00 on Thursday.

Severe weather warnings are in place for some areas of northern England, East Anglia, north Wales and the Midlands, although calmer conditions are expected later.

Image source, West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption, Two men were hurt in Shropshire when a tree fell on their car

Storm Doris chaos across England:

  • Two pensioners hurt when a tree fell on their car in Church Stretton, Shropshire
  • A woman suffered leg and back injuries after a wall collapsed in Ilford
  • A seven-year-old child was hit by a board which flew off a building on Old Street in Ashton-Under-Lyne
  • Trees falling on to houses in London, Birmingham and Cannock
  • Dozens of train services cancelled
  • The Port of Liverpool closed after Peel Ports reported gusts of 100mph
  • 4,000 homes without power in Lincolnshire and Shropshire due to strong winds affecting power lines
  • Midlands Air Ambulance forced to ground helicopters
  • Parts of the Liverpool One shopping centre closed off, because of an unsafe marquee
  • No Merseyrail trains are running between Liverpool Central and Hunts Cross
  • 80 flights cancelled at Heathrow and trees have come down on some rail lines including Overground and Bakerloo line
  • Network Rail says services between Manchester Piccadilly and London, Birmingham, Crewe, Stafford, Stoke or Liverpool are affected
  • 64 homes evacuated in Colchester over concerns that a building is structural unsafe in Greenstead Road
Media caption, A passenger plane had to abandon its initial landing attempt at Manchester Airport due to high winds
Image caption, Some of the frontage of an HSBC branch in Leicester was blown off
Image caption, A roof was blown off a business premises on New Road in Kidderminster....
Image source, Hereford and Worcester Fire Service
Image caption, ....while a tree fell on to a house in the same town

More on this story