Heavy rain and 80mph winds cause power cuts and blockages on roads

A tree fell over in Curdridge, blocking the road in both directions, while work to salvage the Hoegh Osaka in the Solent, below, was hampered by the weather for another day. Pictures: Jason Kay & Steve Parsons

A tree fell over in Curdridge, blocking the road in both directions, while work to salvage the Hoegh Osaka in the Solent, below, was hampered by the weather for another day. Pictures: Jason Kay & Steve Parsons

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POWER cuts and blocked roads were just some of the disruptions caused by the current spell of bad weather.

Strong winds and heavy rain led to garden fences being blown out of their fixings and trees up-ended, blocking roads yesterday.

A helicopter airlifts equipment onto the car carrier Hoegh Osaka, which was beached deliberately on Bramble Bank sandbank, near Southampton and is now anchored at a spot two miles east, called Alpha Anchorage near Lee-on-the-Solent as heavy winds have caused delays to the salvage operation to pump water from the ship and re-right it. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 14, 2015. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire SEA_Carrier_124846.JPG

A helicopter airlifts equipment onto the car carrier Hoegh Osaka, which was beached deliberately on Bramble Bank sandbank, near Southampton and is now anchored at a spot two miles east, called Alpha Anchorage near Lee-on-the-Solent as heavy winds have caused delays to the salvage operation to pump water from the ship and re-right it. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday January 14, 2015. Photo credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire SEA_Carrier_124846.JPG

Hovercraft commuters were also delayed after the Hovertravel had to suspend all services.

Across the Portsmouth area, 42 houses lost power after 80mph winds battered the electricity network.

And in Curdridge, a pine tree fell across the road to block the way in both directions.

Police were called at around 8am to close the road while SSE looked to get the network back on and clear the route. The road was closed for most of the morning.

Hampshire County Council has had extra highway teams on standby since Wednesday to help clear busy routes of debris.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for economy, transport and environment at the council, said: ‘We are ready to send out highways crews around the clock to keep Hampshire’s roads clear.

‘We will do all we can to make sure people can go about their day-to-day business as far as possible whatever the weather.

‘I would, however, urge people to drive according to the conditions, and if the weather gets particularly severe to consider if their journeys are essential.’

The high winds caused further problems for the stricken car carrier Hoegh Osaka.

The ship is being prepared to be brought into Southampton dock after it ran aground on a sandbank in the Solent when it developed a list on January 3.

But bad weather has delayed the salvors’ work and the ship remains anchored off the coast at Lee-on-the-Solent.

Yesterday, salvors went on board the vessel via helicopter and boat. They carried out some pump testing and began internal ballasting operations.

A spokesman from the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said work could start again today as the weather looks favourable.

The yellow weather warning administered by the Met Office on Tuesday has since ended for Portsmouth and the surrounding area.

Light rain is forecast for today with a maximum temperature of around six degrees Celsius.

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