Storm Ciarán: Live Portsmouth updates as several areas flooded and major incident updated
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The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for Storm Ciarán, upgraded from yellow, earlier this week. The forecaster has now updated the warning, with it now hitting the very South East of the country.
Over Portsmouth, there are two yellow weather warnings for wind and rain. The wind warning is in place until 5pm and the rain warning is live until midnight.
NOW READ: When will Storm Ciarán hit Portsmouth
The Environment Agency declared a major incident across Hampshire and the south coast, issuing 54 flood warnings in the area. The Hampshire Isle of Wight Local Resilience Forum have now downgraded the major incident response across the region.
Damage was caused to Southsea Promenade, with a number of concrete slabs coming out of place. Footage from the scene shows the material strewn across the seafront and beach.
Trees have also fallen due to high winds. Pictures of some of the damage caused by Storm Ciarán can be found here.
The Alexandra Park fireworks display was cancelled for safety reasons yesterday. The Southsea Common extravaganza went ahead. Schools in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Portchester and elsewhere have announced that they will close for the day.
South Western Railway are running an amended timetable. Wightlink and Brittany Ferries have both cancelled several sailings due to blustery conditions, with Hovertravel stating that cancellations tomorrow are likely.
The Met Office said “strong and potentially disruptive winds associated with Storm Ciarán are possible until late afternoon”. They added: “Storm Ciarán is likely to bring a spell of strong winds to southern parts of the UK.
"Winds are likely to gust to around 50mph in places inland, but perhaps 60 to 65 mph in a few exposed locations, mainly coasts and hills. Very large waves could bring additional impacts to coastal areas. Winds will gradually ease from the west later in the afternoon and through the evening.”
You can follow live updates regarding Storm Ciarán by scrolling to the bottom of this article.
Storm Ciarán hits Portsmouth
- Concrete slabs damaged on seafront.
- Blustery conditions still hitting Portsmouth and the surrounding area.
- Forum declares storm as no longer a major incident.
Storm Ciaran hits Portsmouth: When it is due to hit the city?
"Very strong winds” are set to hit Portsmouth harder than most areas as a weather warning has been upgraded. The latest:
Storm Ciaran is approaching
The latest picture
Motorists warned to take care on the roads
When will the wind and rain hit Portsmouth?
Multiple weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office today and tomorrow.
This evening's fireworks are still going ahead - but with a few changes:
Hour by Hour forecast - Today
Here is the Met Office breakdown of the wind speeds and the forecast in Portsmouth today (November 1):
2pm - light showers - 31mph winds
3pm - heavy showers - 30mph winds
4pm - sunny and clear - 26mph winds
5pm - light showers - 27mph winds
6pm - heavy showers - 25mph winds
7pm - heavy showers - 30mph winds
8pm - heavy rain - 39mph winds
9pm - heavy rain - 43mph winds
10pm - heavy rain - 49mph winds
11pm - heavy showers - 54mph winds
Alexandra Park fireworks cancelled
The fireworks display in Cosham has been cancelled due to the poor weather.
Portsmouth City Council leader Steve Pitt said he was disappointed to announce the cancellation.
The Southsea Common display is still set to go ahead.
Further details about Alexandra Park cancellation can be found here.
Schools across Hampshire have announced they will close due to Storm Ciaran.
This has effected institutions in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Portchester and elsewhere.
Storm Ciaran disruption to Public transport
Wightlink Ferries and Brittany Ferries confirmed they have cancelled several sailings tonight and tomorrow due to the severe weather.
South Western Railway said they have changed their timetable tomorrow, and Hovertravel added that cancellations are expected on their services.
Southsea Common fireworks
The News photographer Habibur Rahman has taken this picture ahead of the fireworks display at Southsea Common.
Many visitors have been put off by the weather.