High winds brought by Hurricane Katia blow over tree in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 15:21 12 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:57 12 September 2011

fallen tree

fallen tree

HIGH winds brought about by tail end of Hurricane Katia blew down a tree in Hatfield today (Monday).

Our pictures, snapped by Hare Lane resident James Gibson shows the large tree, in Travellers Lane, was uprooted and is blocking the road.

He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I did not see the tree fall but heard a thump as it fell.

“I thought nothing of it until my father returned home from work a few minutes later to tell me a 50 ft tree at the top of our road is lying across the main road.

“So I went to have a look and the police had blocked the road and cars and busses were turning around and double-decker buses were driving down Hare Lane.”

He added: “It’s just lucky no one was injured or worse.”

A police spokeswoman said: “We had the first call from Special Constable in Hatfield at about 12.40pm that a tree was down blocking the road on Travellers Lane in Hatfield today.

“We have attended to support Herts Highways with traffic management.

“The County Council have also dealt with the tree and removing it.”

• Have any trees near you blown over? Call the newsdesk on 01707 384184 or email news@whtimes.co.uk

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