Published: April 29, 2012
Pictured: Petrol station's roof peels away in 65mph gales near Burnham

Gales force winds caused the closure of this petrol station near Burnham-On-Sea on Sunday (April 29th) after part of its metal roof started to peel away in the storm.

Fire crews from Burnham-On-Sea were called to the BP garage on the A370 in Lympsham mid-morning amid increasing concern about the structure.

"We were called to help make the structure safe," a fire spokesman confirmed to

Part of the underside of canopy, pictured here, had already blown away with other sections unsafe in the gusts. Wooden stakes were also used to help prop up the roof.

Earlier, fire crews also investigated wind damage at Burnham's Esso station in Love Lane. The station was temporarily closed for safety reasons.

Scores of trees have been blown down in today's gales across the Burnham area, as has reported here.


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