Stormy seas as wind reaches 99mph

The seafront at Stokes Bay
The seafront at Stokes Bay
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Huge waves hit the coast of Hampshire as winds of up to 99mph were recorded during the overnight storm.

The scene at Stokes Bay in Gosport, shown in our main picture, was typical of conditions along the area’s shoreline.

Branches down near Bay House School in Gosport

Branches down near Bay House School in Gosport

An inland, the winds brought trees crashing down.

They included a tree down at St Mary’s Church parish centre, Alverstoke, and branches brought crashing down near Bay House School.

Elsewhere in Gosport, a tree has fallen and damaged a garden wall in Vectis Road, while a tree fell on a car in Beauchamp Avenue this morning.

Gosport Borough Council is dealing with 36 reports of trees falling or being damaged due to the wind.

A fallen tree at St Mary's Church parish centre in Alverstoke

A fallen tree at St Mary's Church parish centre in Alverstoke

Graeme Jesty, from the council’s emergency planning team, said reports of damage started to come in at around 3pm yesterday.

He said: ‘It then quietened down by about 9pm last night and it all started again from 5am this morning.

‘We’re currently dealing with 36 trees that have been reported in the borough.

‘They’re all being made safe today and then the clean up operation will then take over from that.’

It comes after trees in parks across the borough were damaged by the wind yesterday.

And minor damage was caused to the fascia and roof at Fortune House, in Chilworth Grove, and a wall was damaged in Hardway.

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