Jessica O'Reilly joined FOX Weather on Sunday morning to talk about the terrifying moment when powerful winds from Storm Ciarán shattered a window and sent glass flying. She said she knew she had to get her baby out of the room to keep her safe.
ST. CLEMENT, England – Parents know to trust their instincts and that served a U.K. mother well when she knew the wind outside her window from Storm Ciarán began to sound serious.
Last week, Jessica O'Reilly was in bed and her baby in a bassinet beside her when she awoke to the howling wind from Storm Ciarán outside her home in St. Clement on Jersey's Channel Islands.
"I could just hear something coming closer. This really loud wind and, It just didn't sound right. And it kind of came closer and closer and closer," O'Reilly told FOX Weather. "I just knew I had to get my baby out of there. And that's when all the glass just came smashing in. And it was pretty scary."
Jessica O'Reilly moves to quickly get her baby out of harms way when a window broke. (Image:Jessica O'Reilly/WEATHER TRAKER /TMX)
Video from her baby monitor shows the moment O'Reilly quickly scooped up her little one out of harm's way just moments before the window shattered.
She said they hid in the hallway until the police came and helped them out of the house.
"I just cradled her in my arms and the police took us to safety," O'Reilly said.
Both mother and baby were uninjured.
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Waves crashing in Dover Kent, as Storm Ciaran brings high winds and heavy rain along the south coast of England. The Environment Agency has issued 54 warnings where flooding is expected, and an amber weather warning is in place with winds expected to reach 70mph to 80mph. Picture date: Thursday November 2, 2023. (Photo by Gareth Fuller/PA Images via Getty Images)
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Fire and rescue officers search for people in need of rescue from their holiday chalets at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, on November 02, 2023 in Burton Bradstock, Dorset.
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A woman tries to clean the mud in Montemurlo near Prato after heavy rain last night, on November 3, 2023. Storm Ciaran hit Tuscany late on November 2, 2023 causing the death of five people according to authorities.
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A man walks past overturned boats at the port Moulin Blanc in Brest, western France, on November 2, 2023, after the storm Ciaran hit the region. Storm Ciaran battered northern France with record winds of nearly 200 km per hour, killing a lorry driver, while southern England and other parts of western Europe remained on high alert on November 2 amid warnings of flooding, blackouts and major travel disruptions.
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This photograph shows damaged on the warehouse of a wintering company in Belval, near Coutance, northwestern France, on November 2, 2023, as the storm Ciaran hits the region. Storm Ciaran battered northern France with record winds of nearly 200 km per hour killing a lorry driver as southern England remained on high alert Thursday and rail operators in several countries warned of traffic disruptions. Some 1.2 million homes lost electricity overnight as the storm lashed France's northwest coast, ripping trees out of the ground. (Photo by Lou Benoist / AFP) (Photo by LOU BENOIST/AFP via Getty Images)
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WEST BAY, DORSET - NOVEMBER 02: A person and their dog watch the waves, on November 02, 2023 in West Bay, Dorset. Storm Ciaran swept across the southwest and south of England overnight posing a formidable threat in certain areas such as Jersey, where winds exceeded 100 mph overnight. This, along with the already-soaked ground from Storm Babet, increases the risk of flooding in already vulnerable areas. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
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BURTON BRADSTOCK, DORSET - NOVEMBER 02: People are rescued from their holiday chalets by fire and rescue at Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, on November 02, 2023 in Burton Bradstock, Dorset. Storm Ciaran swept across the southwest and south of England overnight posing a formidable threat in certain areas such as Jersey, where winds exceeded 100 mph overnight. This, along with the already-soaked ground from Storm Babet, increases the risk of flooding in already vulnerable areas. (Photo by Finnbarr Webster/Getty Images)
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This photograph shows waves crashing on rocks in Porspoder, western France, on November 2, 2023, as the storm Ciaran hits the region. Much of northwestern Europe went on high alert on November 1, 2023 as a storm dubbed Ciaran threatened to bring gale-force winds and extreme rainfall to the region. (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER / AFP) (Photo by DAMIEN MEYER/AFP via Getty Images)
The island community suffered damages from Ciarán they are still cleaning up. O'Reilly said the St. Clement community has come together to help their neighbors.
"Every house has their windows smashed and all the roof tiles have come off," she said. "It's going to take a good long time to get everything back to normal. But they are able to come together and help each other out. And it's been great."