Storm Ciarán: Live Portsmouth updates as several areas flooded and major incident updated

Flooding and road closures have hit the surrounding area as Storm Ciarán continues to pass over Portsmouth.
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Flooding has been seen around Southsea, the area around the A3023, Church Road and Manor Road in Hayling Island, and elsewhere.

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.

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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.

Flooding around Southsea on Thursday 2nd November 2023. Picture: Habibur Rahman.Flooding around Southsea on Thursday 2nd November 2023. Picture: Habibur Rahman.
Flooding around Southsea on Thursday 2nd November 2023. Picture: Habibur Rahman.

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.

A Hayling Island roundabout has been flooded following heavy rainfall. Picture: Habibur RahmanA Hayling Island roundabout has been flooded following heavy rainfall. Picture: Habibur Rahman
A Hayling Island roundabout has been flooded following heavy rainfall. Picture: Habibur Rahman
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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

Key Events

  • 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?

Storm Ciarán is set to hit Portsmouth this week. Pictured is Storm Francis over Southsea Common on August 26, 2020. Picture: Habibur Rahman.Storm Ciarán is set to hit Portsmouth this week. Pictured is Storm Francis over Southsea Common on August 26, 2020. Picture: Habibur Rahman.
Storm Ciarán is set to hit Portsmouth this week. Pictured is Storm Francis over Southsea Common on August 26, 2020. Picture: Habibur Rahman.

"Very strong winds” are set to hit Portsmouth harder than most areas as a weather warning has been upgraded. The latest:

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As Wednesday progresses, the eye of Storm Ciaran will move closer to the south-western coast of England. (Credit: Met Office)As Wednesday progresses, the eye of Storm Ciaran will move closer to the south-western coast of England. (Credit: Met Office)
As Wednesday progresses, the eye of Storm Ciaran will move closer to the south-western coast of England. (Credit: Met Office)

When will the wind and rain hit Portsmouth?

Multiple weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office today and tomorrow.

Pictured: Flooding at Canoe Lake, Southsea.Pictured: Flooding at Canoe Lake, Southsea.
Pictured: Flooding at Canoe Lake, Southsea.

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.

The fireworks at Alexandra Park have been cancelledThe fireworks at Alexandra Park have been cancelled
The fireworks at Alexandra Park have been cancelled

Schools across Hampshire have announced they will close due to Storm Ciaran.

This has effected institutions in Portsmouth, Gosport, Fareham, Portchester and elsewhere.

Pictured: Flooding at Canoe Lake, Southsea.

Picture: Habibur RahmanPictured: Flooding at Canoe Lake, Southsea.

Picture: Habibur Rahman
Pictured: Flooding at Canoe Lake, Southsea. Picture: Habibur Rahman

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.

Brittany Ferries have cancelled many of their sailings from Portsmouth. Picture: Brittany FerriesBrittany Ferries have cancelled many of their sailings from Portsmouth. Picture: Brittany Ferries
Brittany Ferries have cancelled many of their sailings from Portsmouth. Picture: Brittany Ferries

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.

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Southsea Fireworks