A girl was crushed by a tree outside a school in South London this morning as 80mph gales battered Britain, flipping over lorries and even blowing a trampoline along a road.
Emergency services rushed the girl, whose age and current condition is unknown, to hospital after she was left trapped underneath the fallen branches by King Henry secondary school in Erith, near Charing Cross.
It comes as high winds across the nation disrupt travel for a second day. A lorry tipped over near Cirencester and another HGV overturned in Northumberland.
Another lorry also smashed into a graveyard this afternoon, crashing into a stone wall surrounding St Cuthbert’s Church in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, after the region was hit by strong gusts.
Response teams also visited a house struck by a fallen tree near Wednesbury as the gale force winds continued to cause damage.
The Met Office has issued a yellow wind warning for England and Wales and forecasts hail and thunder for later this afternoon.
In Thurrock, Essex, a trampoline was swept up and careered through the streets where it almost wiped out a mother and her two young daughters.
Emergency services rushed the girl, whose age and current condition is unknown, to hospital after she was left trapped underneath the fallen branches by King Henry secondary school in Erith, near Charing Cross
In Thurrock, Essex, a trampoline was swept up and careered through the streets where it almost wiped out a mother and her two young daughters. The runaway trampoline was finally intercepted by a man outside the home of 35-year-old Claire Towlson, who has weighed it down with train sleepers in her front garden
Waves crash over the harbour wall in Newhaven, south coast of England amid high winds across England and Wales
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind covering the entirety of England and Wales
A lorry lies overturned after colliding with a wall on Marley Hill near St Cuthbert’s Church in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, this afternoon after the region was hit by strong winds today
A heavy goods vehicle lies overturned on the A69 westbound between Hexham and Corbridge in Northumberland this morning
A teenage girl was rushed to hospital after being crushed by a large tree outside a school in high winds this morning
A group of passers-by stopped and helped lift the tree so that the youngster could be dragged free
Police officers and an ambulance were called to the scene after the tree collapsed on a young girl this morning
Pictures from the scene showed the huge tree with lots of branches had flattened a fence and crashed into the pavement as the girl walked passed
A fallen tree blocks the road on Bannerdown Hill near Bath in Somerset as strong winds and rain hit England and Wales
The tree crashed down into the road, blocking travel in both directions this morning as winds continued to wreak chaos on travel routes
Referring to the incident outside the secondary school, a London Ambulance Service spokesperson told The Sun: ‘We were called at 8:07am today to reports of a person injured by a falling tree on Ramsden Road, Erith.
‘We sent an ambulance crew and treated a child and took them to hospital.’
Meanwhile, emergency services also helped free a lorry driver who was trapped in his cab in Tyne and Wear after his vehicle came within a whisker of bulldozing gravestones, stopping just yards from nearby memorials.
A spokesperson for Northumbria Police said: ‘At 1.40pm today we received a report a lorry had overturned and collided with a wall on Marley Hill near St Cuthberts Church.
‘Officers and emergency services attended the scene and helped free the driver from the vehicle.
‘He is not believed to have sustained any serious injuries. Officers are still in attendance while the vehicle is recovered. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.’
Rae Gilby, 32, was walking her daughters, five and two, to school this morning and had stopped to help one with their coat when the girl suddenly shouted: ‘Trampoline!’
‘It clobbered me right over the head and shunted me backwards,’ she told MailOnline, explaining the metal had left an egg-sized lump on the back of her skull.
The mother, who works at a housing association, is relieved it missed her two children, adding: ‘It probably would have killed them it if it had hit them.’
The runaway trampoline was finally intercepted by a man outside the home of 35-year-old Claire Towlson, who has weighed it down with train sleepers in her front garden.
A second trampoline was blown onto the tracks in Tonbridge and was struck by a train, causing disruption to Southeastern services.
Pizza clutter: Delivery bikes blown over by the wind in Fulham, South West London this morning as the Met Office issue weather warnings for high winds over the next few days
Pictured: An overturned lorry near Cirencester, posted online this morning as Britain endures strong winds across the country
A dog walker struggles through the wind in west London today as England and Wales continue to be battered by the weather
Pictured: A trampoline on railway tracks causes disruption to South Eastern train services amid the windy weather
A spokesman for Southeastern said: ‘The reason for the delay at Tonbridge is this trampoline, which is lodged under a train which thankfully had no passengers on.
‘Power to lines in the Tonbridge area had been switched off, to allow response staff to attempt to safely remove the object from the lines.’
The blockage caused disruption to Southeastern services between nearby Paddock Wood and Sevenoaks as well as Sevenoaks and Hastings, East Sussex.
Lanes have also been closed on the QEII Bridge at Dartford heading into Essex due to strong winds leading to queues for traffic coming into Kent.
A tree blocked the A229 Angley Road, Cranbrook, in both directions in the early hours until emergency teams cleared the road.
There are also delays of up to two hours on DFDS Seaways and P&O Ferries between Dover and Calais due to strong winds in the Channel.
The Met Office said today and tomorrow the country should brace itself for wind with sunny spells and blustery showers.
As the winds continued to lash Britain, a blast of 86mph hit Capel Curig in Snowdonia overnight, with speeds over 80mph recorded along the Llyn Peninsula on the North Wales coast.
In Cornwall, more than 100 were left without power at Truro, and in the Midlands 110 were hit at Stourport-on-Severn, 154 at Ross-on-Wye and on the Welsh borders, 60 had no electricity for breakfast at Builth Wells.
Services across the Irish Sea have been cancelled because of the fury of the storms, while Cornwall has seen waves more than 20ft high, bigger than a double decker bus, crashing over sea defences.
Coastguards begged sight-seers not to venture out to take selfies of the waves, warning: ‘No photo is worth a life.’
The RNLI urged people to exercise caution if visiting exposed cliffs, seafronts or piers due to the ‘severe safety risk’ caused by the wind, which is expected to be accompanied by heavy showers.
Beau the seven-year-old cockapoo is blown by the wind on Weston-super-Mare beach, Somerset
Waves hit the coast near the Blackpool Pier as stormy weather brings large waves to the English coast, in Blackpool
Pictured: A fallen tree on a house near Wednesbury after Britain endured a very windy night – and a yellow weather warning remains in place for England and Wales
The charity’s head of water safety Gareth Morrison said earlier this week: ‘In a normal year around 150 people lose their lives at the coast and we know that more than half of those never intended to be in the water
‘So, whether you are walking, running or cycling at the coast, please be extra responsible and avoid taking unnecessary risks or entering the water.’
But the unsettled weather is expected to ease over the course of the weekend, with no weather warnings in place for the weekend.
Meteorologist Greg Dewhurst said: ‘The weekend is set to have an unsettled start but nothing usual for the time of year.’
He added: ‘We could see some strong winds during the early hours of Saturday morning and lots of heavy showers around particularly in the west.
‘But as we go head into Sunday they should become less frequent and not quite as heavy, so it is an unsettled start but as the weekend goes on the winds will start to ease a little bit.’