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Haverfordwest: Properties damaged by mini tornado

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Making safe: Fire crews in Haverfordwest on Tuesday evening

Making safe: Fire crews in Haverfordwest on Tuesday evening

A MINI TORNADO damaged up to twenty properties in Scotchwell View and Coronation Avenue in Haverfordwest on Tuesday night (Jan 13).

Emergency services responded in the early evening to reports of damage to rooves. A garden shed had been ripped from its foundations, and landed in the middle of the street, neighbours said.

Local resident, Gwyl Booth, spoke to the Herald by telephone. He said: “There are about twenty fire fighters here, and there is an ambulance on standby. I don’t think that anyone has been hurt, but there has been a lot of damage to sheds, and roofs and that kind of thing. My son has been taking photos which we are going to try to download and send into the paper in a little while.”

He added: “The roads were blocked off for quite a while. I didn’t know the fire brigade had so many vehicles!”

Severe weather: Rooves were badly damaged

Severe weather: Rooves were badly damaged

Mr Booth said: “There were two ambulances on standby, and other emergency vehicles. Fire men had to go up in their cherry picker lifts in the hail and rain to secure people’s rooves. One crew told me that it was a mini-tornado. My boy struggled to shut the front door with the wind but it was all over in minutes.”

Resident Emma Griffiths said: “My Mum and Dad’s house and also my sister’s house were hit by this mini-tornado, it was horrible. The roof of the shed at my Mum’s was completely ripped off and a lot of damage was caused to the roof [of the house].”

She added: “I would just like to say a massive thank you to all the fire crews that attended, they were fantastic and very reassuring. Also thank to the paramedic crew who saw to my dad and brought him to Withybush to get checked over as he had suffered severe shock. I’m just very thankful that nobody was hurt last night.”

The fire and rescue service tweeted: “Thank you so much Haverfordwest McDonalds for their kind generosity, providing us with free hot drinks. Much appreciated.”

Pembrokeshire is not the only region where there has also been a mini-tornado today. A suspected tornado damaged cars and homes when it struck London in “a scene from the Wizard of Oz”.

Firefighters said a garage collapsed and roof tiles were blown off houses as Britain was braced for another storm gathering pace across the Atlantic. The “severe” weather struck in Harrow, north west London, on Tuesday afternoon. Crews were called at just before 1.15pm when the garage, which was attached to a house, collapsed. London Fire Brigade said cars in nearby roads also suffered minor damage, but no one was hurt.

 

The video below of Scotchwell View was sent to The Herald by Baines Dazer.

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Rider of a motorbike taken to hospital following collision with a car

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A COLLISION which involved a car and a motorbike on Friday afternoon (Jun 18) saw one person being transferred to hospital.

Dyfed-Powys Police have confirmed that the collision, which happened at approximately 1.17pm at Dwrbach, Scleddau, involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike.

The Herald understands that the accident happened at a junction near The Gate Inn public house.

The incident caused the road to be closed while emergency services dealt with the situation.

The rider of the motorbike was transferred to Glangwili Hospital for treatment.

A Police spokesperson said: “Dyfed-Powys Police attended a two vehicle road traffic collision which occurred in Scleddau, Fishguard early Friday afternoon, June18th 2021.

“The collision involved a white Seat Ibiza and a black Suzuki motorbike. The rider of the motorbike was taken to hospital.

“The road was closed for emergency services to deal with the collision.”

A rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

A Welsh Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called to attend a road traffic collision involving a motorcycle at Dwrbach, Fishguard at 1.17pm on Friday 18 June. We sent one rapid response vehicle and one emergency ambulance. One patient was taken to Glangwili Hospital for further treatment.”

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Residents urged to be alert to Covid-19 symptoms following cluster of cases

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PUBLIC HEALTH WALES, Pembrokeshire County Council and Hywel Dda University Health Board are urging members of the public to be alert to COVID-19 symptoms following the identification of a cluster of cases in the Tenby area.

The 22 confirmed cases are linked to social and sporting events and local schools and have generated a large number of contactssince the first cases were confirmed on Saturday, 12 June. 

A number of individuals, including pupils, are currently isolating and close contacts of the positive cases continue to be traced.

From Monday 21 June to Sunday 4 July, a mobile testing unit will be available for local residents in and around Tenby to access if they have symptoms.

This is based at Salterns Car Park, Marsh Road, Tenby, SA70 8DU.  To book a test visit the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ring 119.

Residents can protect themselves and others from Coronavirus by remaining at least two metres away from everyone else, washing their hands regularly, and by wearing a face covering where required. 

The virus disperses in a well ventilated environment, so opening windows and allowing fresh air to circulate is another way to keep ourselves safe.

Residents should take up the vaccine when offered, and self-isolate and get a test if they or anyone in their household develop symptoms.

As well as the three most common symptoms of Coronavirus – a fever, a new continuous cough, or a loss/change of taste and smell – people with any of the following, wider symptoms that are persistent and/or unusual for them are also strongly encouraged to get a PCR test:

  • Mild summer cold symptoms – including sore throat, runny nose, headache
  • Flu-like symptoms, including myalgia (muscle ache or pain); excessive tiredness; persistent headache; runny nose or blocked nose; persistent sneezing; sore throat and/or hoarseness, shortness of breath or wheezing
  • Generally feeling unwell and a history of being in contact with a known COVID-19 case
  • Any new or change in symptoms following a previous negative test

If you have any of the above symptoms, even if you have been vaccinated, please stay home and book a PCR test through the UK portal https://www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or ringing 119.

When booking your PCR test, you will also be asked about your symptoms: if you have wider summer cold or flu-like symptoms as described above, rather than the classic three symptoms, choose ‘None of these symptoms’ and then choose one of the following options to enable you to complete the booking:

• My local council or health protection team has asked me to get a test, even though I do not have symptoms or

• A GP or other healthcare professional has asked me to get a test.

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Paul Davies submits views to Health Board Consultation

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Senedd Member Paul Davies has fed his views into Hywel Dda University Health Board’s consultation, “Building a Healthier Future after Covid-19.”

In response to the Health Board’s proposals, Mr Davies has made it clear that he opposes any movements to centralise or downgrade services at Withybush hospital.

Mr Davies said, “I cannot emphasise how important this consultation is and so I’d urge everyone across Pembrokeshire to read through the Health Board’s proposals and make their views known. In my submission, I’ve made it crystal clear that the people of Pembrokeshire should not have to travel further for vital health services.

“I want to see Hywel Dda start prioritising Pembrokeshire by investing in services at Withybush hospital so that it can support people living and working across the county.

“There’s still time to feed into the consultation and have your say on the Health Board’s plans. The deadline is Monday, June 21 and you can find more information here – https://www.haveyoursay.hduhb.wales.nhs.uk/building-a-healthier-future-after-covid-19.” 

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