High winds bring down trees as storm force winds batter the south coast

BLOCKAGE The fallen tree on the A32 at Wickham. Picture: Chris Hoare
BLOCKAGE The fallen tree on the A32 at Wickham. Picture: Chris Hoare
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Trees have fallen, roads have flooded, and hovercraft services have been suspended as a mixture of bad weather has hit the south coast today.

A huge tree came down on the A32 at Wickham, 200 yards north of St Nicholas Church, completely blocking the road and forcing it to be shut for more than an hour.

The fallen tree narrowly missed a memorial plaque put up to commemorate the British Reconnaissance Regiment which was stationed in Wickham in the run up to D-Day.

Meanwhile, emergency services including the police, fire service and councils are putting together a joint response as more flooding threatens areas around the rivers Test, Itchen, and Meon.

There is disruption on the M27 as the hard shoulder and inside lane of the westbound carriageway between junction 11 and junction nine are closed all weekend.

A reduced speed limit will be in place for the remaining carriageways. This is in order for work to be carried out on the motorway bridge.

Northern Road in Cosham was closed northbound for the emergency services to deal with an accident.

In Titchfield, Bridge Street is closed due to flooding at the B3334 Titchfield Road.

Meanwhile, cross Solent hovercraft crossings have been suspended ‘due to adverse weather conditions’, the company said.

A tree on the line at Hamble is causing delays of up to 30 minutes on train services between Fareham and Southampton. First Great Western, Southern and South West Trains services are all affected.

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