THIS WEEK IN 1983: Homes in the south battered by January storms

A 40ft tree which was felled by a raging gust of wind stopped all traffic in Duisberg Way, Southsea (5526-1)

A 40ft tree which was felled by a raging gust of wind stopped all traffic in Duisberg Way, Southsea (5526-1)

A Pompey forward heads the ball towards the Milton goal.  (Barry Cox collection)

From the heat of Egypt to blackberrying at Leigh Park

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Storms ripped through the south, blacking out homes and bringing chaos at sea.

The first blast of winter weather made it a busy weekend for rescue services and brought a stern warning from Solent coastguards.

A spokesman said: ‘It is foolish for people to even attempt to go out in weather like this. They do not value their own lives.’

Portsmouth’s lifeboat was launched on Sunday afternoon to go to the aid of the 25ft sloop Svea, reported to be in difficulties off South Parade Pier.

Four people onboard were rescued and the yacht taken in tow. One man who was burned letting off a distress rocket was given first aid by lifeboatmen.

Svea’s mainsail had blown out and the vessel bobbed helplessly after its engine failed. Seas were described as rough with near gale force winds.

Portsmouth inshore rescue boat was recalled after going to the aid of two men in difficulties in a dinghy in Langstone Harbour. The dinghy was driven ashore and the men taken off by Hayling Coastguard Mobile Unit.

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