A MOTORIST had a lucky escape when his parked car was crushed by a giant tree which toppled in heavy rain.
Alex Irwin, manager at the Balmoral Hotel, in Meadfoot Road was told about the fallen tree (pictured) by guests and when he went to have a look, said: "My car's under there."
The 27-year-old said: "I won't be doing the lottery with luck like that."
Alex had parked his Vauxhall Astra estate near to the entrance of Hesketh Crescent while he went into work on Saturday.
The eucalyptus toppled across the road, crushing the car and the Osborne gatehouse, used as a timeshare by the Osborne Hotel.
Alex said: "Thankfully, no-one was hurt and I wasn't in the car. It could have been a lot worse and cars can be replaced."
Alex said his car had only just been serviced and MOTd and was covered by third party insurance. He said: "I should have a whip round. Perhaps I'll cut a hole in the roof and ask people to put money in it."
Firefighters were called to the scene just after 4.30pm on Saturday. Police helped direct traffic while tree surgeons cleared the tree from the road.
Ian Davies, Osborne managing director, said guests were due to check into the cottage but are staying elsewhere in the hotel complex.
"They had it all cleared away by 9.45pm which was very good. We are just looking at the extent of the damage to the roof. We have lost about 20 roof tiles and we just need to see whether it has punctured the membrane."
September was dark, dull and miserable official weather figures confirm.
After a record-breaking three solid months of sunshine, the summer ended in a deluge and 11 days of dark weather with no sun at all.
Torbay weatherman Ernie Freed has confirmed two inches of rain fell in a 'very, very rare' downpour on Saturday, September 28.
Mr Freed said: "September has been very unusual. Although there was a high amount of rain, there were also 20 days without any precipitation at all, and then we had close to two inches of rainfall on September 28.
"That amount of rain is very, very rare for us in Torbay.
"Although we suffered 11 completely dark days, the Bay also enjoyed being the sunniest place in the UK on four days of those recorded.
"We have also had a lot of foggy days in a row, making it dark and dull and pretty miserable."
In a year of total contrasts, Torbay also saw the coldest winter and wettest spring for decades. Then June, July and August were all scorchers, with high temperatures and low rainfall rivalling the Mediterranean resorts.