WALKERS braved the streets as torrential rain and winds of up to 40mph hit Portsmouth today.
Southsea seafront was closed as weather forecasters predicted the barrage of wet and windy weather would last for a week.
Joan Wallis, 81, of Regency Court, Portsmouth, said: ‘My son walked up the seafront and said that there were even trees on the road.’ Enduring the torrid conditions whilst walking her dog Yoto, she said she hoped that the weather would go away.
Walking for Health walkers were still determined to stay the course on the seafront, with one saying: ‘We walk in snow, rain and sun so we embrace it.’
Owner Amanda Marfelli said that business at the Spinnaker Cafe at Broad Street in Old Portsmouth was ‘slow with the weather, as it is at the moment.
‘Obviously, where it’s so cold as well, people don’t want to be walking around. Hopefully the sun will come out very soon,’ she added.
HoverTravel services were running despite the high winds. A spokesman said ; ‘The weather has been quite rough but we do our best to keep going and hopefully it shouldn’t be too much longer.
‘It’s affected business as we have to be more careful due to health and safety.
‘Fingers crossed the rain clears away - we keep checking weather reports but I think they were saying in a couple of weeks it should clear up.’