Storm Christoph chaos as car crushed by tree and Morrisons van driver rescued

A Fiat 500 car crushed by a tree in Thurston, Suffolk (Image: SWNS.com)

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Storm Christoph has been causing chaos with a Morrisons delivery driver having to be rescued and a car crushed by a falling tree.

The driver of the Fiat 500 car had a lucky escape after a huge oak tree fell on him as he was driving.

The front half of the small blue car was almost buried beneath the hefty tree when it fell across a road in Thurston, Suffolk.

Amazingly, the driver was not injured.

Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team (NSRAPT) attended the scene, and shared shocking photos on their Twitter just after 6.30am this morning.

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The huge oak tree fell on the car
(Image: SWNS.com)

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A spokesperson for NSRAPT wrote: "First casualty of the bad weather… this convertible Fiat 500 had an oak tree fall on top of him as he was driving along.

"Amazingly no injuries. Ixworth Road, Thurston is currently closed in both directions.

"Be careful out on the roads! Drive to the conditions."

In a separate incident last night, fire crews had to rescue a Morrisons delivery van driver when his vehicle got into difficulties.

The scene at Westgate ford, in Weardale, County Durham
(Image: North News & Pictures northnews.co.uk)

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Photographs of the scene at Westgate ford, in Weardale, County Durham, show emergency workers trying to help the vehicle out of dramatic waters.

Fire rescue teams were pictured getting the driver out.

It comes as the environment agency has issued 48 flood warnings and 174 flood alerts this morning in England

Parts of the UK could see two months' worth of average rainfall in just two-and-a-half days as Storm Christoph moves in.

Emergency services last night came to the rescue
(Image: North News & Pictures northnews.co.uk)

Weather warnings for heavy rain are in force across the country, and the unsettled conditions could also bring significant flooding, high winds and snowfall as the storm engulfs the country through the middle of the week.

The Met Office's most serious weather warning – amber for rain – has been in place across parts of the Midlands and northern England since Tuesday morning, while a less serious yellow warning is in place across the rest of England, parts of Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Simon Partridge, a Met Office forecaster, explained: "It's not a traditional sort of storm, it's going to be windy but it's not based on the wind strength at all, it's really down to the disruption that's being caused by rain.

"There are already parts of Cumbria that have already seen over 80mm of rain since midnight on Tuesday and there's a large number of places that have seen 50mm, and we are going to see further rain over the next 24 to 36 hours."