A27 near Havant closed due to flooding

High winds blew the frontage off McColls in West Street, Fareham
High winds blew the frontage off McColls in West Street, Fareham
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MORE roads have been closed as the weather continues to cause havoc.

In Portsmouth and the surrounding areas roads have been closed as the strong winds and heavy rain are set to continue throughout the night,

The A27 has been closed in both directions between Havant and the Fishbourne roundabout.

Sussex Police said it was closed due to flooding and no street lighting.

Elsewhere, a large billboard was torn down in Eastney, at the Henderson Road and Cromwell Road junction.

Also, in Saville Gardens, in Fareham, a large oak tree fell in a garden, smashing the upstairs window of Shelia and John Dockerill.

Services from Portchester Fire Station were called to the scene and made the tree safe.

Sheila, aged 71, said: ‘We are just thankful no-one was hurt.

‘I was in the kitchen when it happened and luckily not in my bedroom where a window was smashed.’

Earlier this evening, Portsmouth City Council made the decision to close the seafront.

Clarence Esplanade has been shut between the D-Day Museum and near Clarence Pier as have the roads on the Esplanade from Canoe Lake to St George’s Road.

The council said it had taken action because of safety concerns following severe weather warnings for wind and rain from the Met Office.

In addition to the road closures people are being advised to avoid walking on the seafront.

Contractors for the council, Colas, are prepared for the upcoming weather and ready to mobilise crews to deal with any surface-water flooding or fallen trees.

Residents are being advised to carefully consider any plans to travel in order to avoid putting themselves at unnecessary risk and ensure their property is secure, particularly any external Christmas decorations.

Anyone wishing to report highways problems caused by the severe weather, including surface-water flooding or fallen trees, should call Colas on (023) 9231 0900, or to report other issues to Portsmouth City Council call (023) 9282 2251.

Hampshire County Council have also started closing roads with Stokes Bay Road, in Gosport, now closed,

The Wightlink catamaran service, from Portsmouth to Ryde, has also been temporarily suspended due to high winds.

Passengers are being transported by shuttle buses running to and from the Portsmouth to Fishbourne car ferry service with passengers already booked getting priority.

Anyone not wishing to travel this evening can transfer their crossing to tomorrow at no extra charge.

Extra sailings have been put on by Wightlink to Fishbourne, which will be sailing at 1:30pm, 3:30pm and 5:30pm to help people get back to the Isle of Wight.

For more information, visit wightlink.co.uk/updates

Flights at Southampton Airport were suspended due to the wind but have now started again.

Fallen trees are causing issues along public transport with X9 Solent, First Hampshire bus service, from Gunwharf is terminating at Denmead instead of Hambledon.

A fallen tree in Park Gate is causing traffic disruption for any passengers wanting ti catch either the X4 or 28 service.

Delays are also expected on the Guildford to Portmsouth railway line with a fallen tree at Haslemere.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning as weather has been predicted to be rough until 6am tomorrow morning, disrupting many people’s Christmas travel plans.

Trains are on a reduced service, with Southern Trains warning people to travel this afternoon only if necessary.

A reduced service will be running from 1pm, as gusts of 60mph are expected to blow debris and trees on to the track, meaning trains will be travelling at reduced speeds.

The 10pm Brittany ferry to Caen tonight has been cancelled, as has the 11pm DFDS ferry to Le Havre.

Hovertravel from Southsea to Ryde has been suspended until further notice.

The Highways Agency has also advised road users to be cautious and for drivers of high-sided or other vehicles vulnerable to high winds to avoid M27 junction 8 to 9, Hedge End to Locks Heath.

John McTaggart, head of on-road services at the Highways Agency, said: ‘Road users are urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on the strategic road network.

‘Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space.’

In Fareham, the frontage of the McColl’s newsagent shop in West Street, Fareham was blown off by high winds this afternoon.

It comes as Hampshire County Council is preparing for the worst. Council staff are at Netley police control room.

Councillor Sean Woodward, executive member for transport, said wind speeds will increase to 60 to 70mph this afternoon and 80mph by 10pm.

He said: ‘We’re looking at widespread travel disruption, trees down and localised flooding.

‘The worst of the weather will be in the coastal areas.

‘We’ve got Amey, our contractors, on to spate conditions in all the depots.

‘So that means the entire Amey workforce is available to attend any incidents.

‘We’ve doubled the out-of-hours teams as well because that’s when we’re expecting the worst of the weather.

‘We’ve got eight tankers on standby and additional tree gangs as well.’

He added each of the depots has a minimum of 200 filled sandbags for use.