Trees fall as storms hit Hampshire

CLEAN-UP OPERATION One of the fallen trees in Tangier Road, Portsmouth
CLEAN-UP OPERATION One of the fallen trees in Tangier Road, Portsmouth
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FALLEN trees have caused roads to be closed in Portsmouth and Gosport as gales lash south Hampshire.

Workers were called to Gosport at around 8.30pm after a 70ft tree fell into a busy main road in the town.

The holm oak tree came down in Bury Road, at its junction with Ash Close, luckily without injury to drivers or passers-by.

Amey contractors working for Hampshire County Council were busy with a chainsaw cutting it into pieces to remove the tree.

Police were directing traffic at the junction of Gordon Road, Bury Road and Foster Road.

A contractor, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It was the wind. It has root-heaved.’

He added that the root of the tree had a fungal problem.

Elizabeth Sykes, of Bury Road, had brought coffee and cake to the two workers.

She said: ‘I’m surprised, the trees were fairly sturdy.

‘I had no idea the wind had been so strong.

‘My husband has a barograph which had shown a dip in pressure, indicating a storm, but we hadn’t been aware the wind was so strong.’

Earlier in Portsmouth workers were called to Tangier Road, after two trees had fallen.

The road was shut from its junction with Algiers Road and at its junction with Eastern Road.

Vehicles from adjoining roads were allowed to pass.

Contractors had been called at 8pm.

It came as 90mph force winds and heavy downpours battered the west of the UK, leaving thousands without power and disrupting football matches, roads and railways.