A FAMILY who had taken refuge in their home as Storm Eunice raged outside were horrified when a 190 mph hurricane tore the roof off them.
Marie Richards, 50, and her teenage daughter Amy were at home when a devastating storm in Beaconsfield, Withernsey, collapsed the entire side of their roof.
The terrified family was forced to rush to their garden after the horrific ordeal and were soon rescued by emergency services.
But Marie and Amy, 13, say it was the most “terrible” thing they’ve been through.
And amid the ordeal, the family also lost their house cat, who still hasn’t returned home after the disastrous Storm Eunice.
Speaking with HullLiveMarie recalled: “I was horrified when it happened.
“I was afraid for my daughter and for myself. It was really the most
terrible experience I have ever gone through.
“My daughter was also horrified.
“We had three pets in the house: a budgerigar, a dog and a cat.
There is no cat at the moment.
“We don’t know if he was in the house or not when the roof collapsed.”
Marie and her daughter were able to safely get out into the backyard.
and called the fire department, who arrived shortly thereafter at 17:20.
Mom believes her roof collapsed when high winds from the storm Eunice tunneled under the car before tearing down the wall of her house.
Marie and Amy are currently living with neighbors while looking for temporary housing.
Marie’s insurance company visited her on Saturday and said they were looking into construction work to get the family back to their home as soon as possible.
It comes after Storm Eunice caused havoc across the country with 122 mph winds that killed four people.
Father of one child Jack Bristow, 23, and municipal worker Billy Kinsella, 58, were the two victims of yesterday’s tragic storm.
A woman in her 30s also died after a tree fell on a car in Muswell Hill, north London, on Friday afternoon.
And a man in his 50s died in Netherton, Merseyside, after debris hit the windshield of the car he was driving in.
The Met Office said the gale is said to be the strongest wind ever recorded in England.
The treacherous conditions have led to travel chaos, flight cancellations, power outages and a flood of calls to the police.
Rail networks were clogged with flying debris and extensive damage was done to buildings and homes, with the roof of the O2 blown off.
The nationwide repair bill is expected to exceed £500m, with the cost of insurance claims exceeding the £360m bill from Hurricanes Ciara and Dennis in 2020.
Homeowners will face huge costs to replace demolished fences and collapsed walls as insurance companies brace for a huge payout surge.