Picture slideshow: Portsmouth seafront battered by wind

HMS Illustrious leaves Portsmouth for the last time
Picture: Shaun Roster

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GALE force winds battered the coast and triggered a number of flood warnings.

Yesterday’s unusual weather saw strong gusts and large waves along Southsea’s seafront, which was captured by photographer Marcin Jedrysiak.

Although the dramatic scenes were not enough to deter people parking too close to the shore in Titchfield and at Hill Head, prompting Fareham police to tweet a warning.

Cross-Solent hovercraft services were also postponed.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning of high winds. A spokesman said: ‘Southwesterly winds will gust to over 50mph at times in parts of southern England and south Wales, and to 60mph in some exposed coastal sites.

‘The public should be aware that these gusts may cause minor damage to trees, and make travel tricky for the likes of towing vehicles.’

Strong winds and waves closed Southsea seafront yesterday

Strong winds and waves closed Southsea seafront yesterday

The spokesman said the conditions were expected to continue today, possibly into Thursday and Friday.

More of Marcin’s images can be seen in the picture slideshow above, along with shots taken by Maureen Coles, Pete Bodle, and a picture or Stokes Bay in Gosport by Leon Clayton.

Strong winds and waves closed Southsea seafront yesterday

Strong winds and waves closed Southsea seafront yesterday