A YOUNG Wigan woman will have to undergo surgery after violent storms left her with horrific injuries.
Christy Hurley of Orrell is getting ready to go under the knife having suffered a fractured nose when a road sign was blown into her face while the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo blew through the town last month.
The 21-year-old was left with cuts and bruises to her face, and has been unable to see properly through one eye.
She told the Wigan Evening Post she feared her injuries could have blinded her.
She said: “I’m really gutted to have been told I needed surgery as I thought I had been healing well.”
Christy was walking to the bus stop close to her Orrell Road home at around 11.30am on October 21 when the drama unfolded.
A strong wind picked up the metal sign, which is thought to have been placed there due to nearby slip-road closures, and blew it straight into her, knocking Christy off her feet and on to the pavement.
Luckily, passing drivers, Alan Woodward and Stuart Kenton, witnessed the incident and stopped immediately to help and phone an ambulance.
Christy added: “I’m so grateful that it was such a busy road and the drivers happened to witness it and stop to help.
“I dread to think what could have happened otherwise.”
Rain and high winds caused major disruption as the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo hit the UK in October.
Around the country, about 10,000 passengers were affected by flight cancellations at Heathrow, and several UK ferries did not sail.
A woman died in central London, with a man hurt in a nearby incident and three people were injured in West Sussex.