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Clacton: Family's caravan terror in gale-force winds
2:00pm Friday 1st November 2013 in News
A FAMILY has spoken of their terror after being forced to abandon their caravan in St Jude storm.
Debbie and Mark Farrell, and children Jade, 15, and Joshua, 13, had been spending a long weekend at Highfield Grange Holiday Park in Clacton.
The couple had just woken up on the final morning of their break when Monday’s high winds brought debris crashing down on the static caravan they were staying in.
Mrs Farrell, from Braintree, said: “I’ve never been so scared in all of my life.
“One of the trees hit the roof and then went straight through the roof of the caravan next door.
“We’d heard the weather warnings but we just didn’t think it was going to be anything to worry about. We didn’t think it was actually going to happen.
“I was worried our whole caravan was going to take off.”
The family, who had travelled by train to Clacton, were stranded in the coastal town until a friend could collect them on Monday evening after Greater Anglia suspended services.
A caravan owner at the site, who asked not to be named, said: “Several vans had trees through the roofs. There was lots of damage."