80mph winds to batter Hampshire again

BREEZY Winds hit the Rowner Lane cricket pitch in Gosport.  Picture: Paul Jacobs
BREEZY Winds hit the Rowner Lane cricket pitch in Gosport. Picture: Paul Jacobs
Amanda Morby, Portsmouth

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Weathermen today warned that 80mph winds would batter Hampshire again this afternoon after a night of drama.

Police said they had 206 calls yesterday about flooding on roads and fallen trees as gales ripped across the south east.

In the most dramatic incident, a tree crashed into the bedroom of an elderly man’s home in Winchester as he slept last night.

At sea, the weather caused widespread disruption. Hovercraft services between Portsmouth and Ryde were curtailed today, as were Wightlink fast cat runs.

And the Brittany Ferries service from Portsmouth Bilbao this afternoon was cancelled because of the predicted high winds and rough seas.

Driving conditions were described as dangerous, with reports of cars spinning on the M27 last night as drivers struggled to cope with side winds.

Nationally, south west England, south Wales and Scotland were all hit by strong winds last night.

The Met Office issued yellow warnings for strong winds and heavy rain tonight and said conditions could worsen towards Thursday and Friday as winds strengthen.

Dan Williams of the Met Office said: ‘The weather in the south east region of the country is set to remain unsettled and quite windy throughout the day with gusts reaching up to 40mph along exposed parts of the coast.

‘The showers should ease off going into the night but it will remain breezy with occasional strong gusts. It should be dry and bright tomorrow morning but some heavy rain showers are possible in the afternoon.

‘The unsettled, breezy picture continues through the week.’