A Merseyside woman living in Italy has packed an emergency bag for her children as debris from a Chinese rocket could hit her region this weekend.
Daniele Visone, whose mum and brother still live in Whiston, said she was alerted last night to the threat and told to stay in doors and away from windows.
The Long March 5B rocket blasted off from China on April 29 and Aerospace Corp has said it expects the debris from the rocket to hit near the equator.
At 18 tonnes, the rocket is one of the largest items in decades to have an undirected dive back into the atmosphere.
On Thursday, the United States military said it was watching the path of the debris but currently had no plans to shoot it down.
Most recently, US defence secretary Lloyd Austin said he hopes the rocket debris would land in the ocean and that it will mostly burn up on re-entry to the atmosphere.
Daniele, 36, says local media expect the debris to hit from 9pm tonight until 8.30am tomorrow, but it could happen six hours earlier or later.
The mum-of-two, who studied at John Moores University before moving to Italy, told the ECHO that nothing like this has ever happened to her before and she ‘doesn’t know what to expect’.
She said: “It feels very stressful, especially with the kids. If I was on my own that’s fine but we will see how it goes.”
Daniela added: “Around 23.30pm my sister from Rome sent me and my family the alert that she saw on the TGCOM24 - it's the equivalent of the BBC News.
“Something went wrong with the missile from China and now the midsouth of Italy is under alert because pieces of the missile will drop like bombs from the sky.”
Daniele, who lives in Abruzzo to the east of Rome, said she’s been advised to stay indoors and away from windows and doors.
To be one the safe side, she has decided to pack an emergency bag to take down to the basement if debris starts to hit the area she lives in.
In the emergency bag, Daniela has packed toilet paper, nappies, disinfectant, wet wipes, towels, spare clothes and toys to keep the children entertained.
She has also packed snacks and drinks including bread, water, biscuits, brioche and juice.
She said: “To be honest this is like stuff we see on TV and I can't believe I am actually living this nightmare.
“First Covid now this what else is coming up? The walking dead is the only thing we are missing out.
“I will be preparing an emergency bag in case something goes wrong also with two kids it definitely won't be a fun time. Fingers crossed we won't be affected.”