Moment Storm Arwen nearly kills pub manager when tree misses her by inches

A pub manager could have lost her life to Storm Arwen had she finished her cigarette break a second earlier – as seen in terrifying CCTV.

Cheryl Pound was smoking at 1.32 am on Saturday (November 27) at The Star in Bridgend, a town in between Cardiff and Swansea, during the dangerous weather.

As seen in the clip, she picks up a drink from a table and moves to head indoors, when a huge pine tree crashes down inches from where she is standing.

She backs away in shock, automatically huddling over, then straightens up and goes to survey the carnage.

The 55-year-old told Wales Online: "The pub had shut and I went out for a cigarette before finishing cleaning up. The next thing I get attacked by a tree."

Cheryl explained she had experienced a "slight" adrenaline rush and felt "shock more than anything".

She had to crawl back into the pub through the fallen tree, where she told her amazed colleagues what had happened.

Cheryl said: "Tanner the doorman and Lorraine the karaoke lady were in there. I said, 'Did you hear that big bang?' They said they hadn't.

"I told them, 'We have a tree in our garden.' They came out and were absolutely shocked.

"When we went upstairs and took the footage off the camera I couldn't believe how close I was.

"There's quite a bit of damage. They're still getting rid of the tree and there are four tables broken, with umbrellas. It damaged the smoking shelter too."

Cheryl, who has worked at The Star for 10 years, says it is the best job she has had and everyone is relieved she is ok.

"It's one big happy family working here," she said. "Not many people can say they love their job but I love my job.

"Everyone's chuffed that I'm still here, shall we say."

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