Storm Dennis: Recap as more heavy rain falls in Portsmouth

Storm Dennis arrived on the south coast with wind speeds of more than 60mph this weekend.

By Kieran Davey
Sunday, 16th February 2020, 5:48 pm

The Met Office issued weather warnings for wind and rain this weekend and widespread travel disruption was reported across the UK. It comes after Storm Ciara caused flooding, fallen trees and road closures in the Portsmouth area last weekend.

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Storm Dennis in Southsea yesterday. Picture: Vernon Nash (150220-009)
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Updates as Storm Dennis set to bring 60mph winds to Portsmouth

Last updated: Saturday, 15 February, 2020, 13:54

  • Met Office has issued a weather warning for the south coast with strong winds forecast.
  • Storm Dennis causes widespread travel disruption across the UK.
  • Train and bus services have been disrupted - with a fallen tree blocking the railway line at Hamble.
  • The Sikh temple in Southsea has closed after damage caused by the storm.

Welcome to our live blog!

Morning everyone! As you can see outside it's already pretty blustery out there this morning...

Storm Dennis is forecast to bring winds of up to 50mph to the south coast today - including Portsmouth - and this could cause widespread travel disruption across the area.

We'll have the latest updates for you throughout the day!

Here's the latest weather forecast

It's certainly blowy out there at the moment but luckily we have not heard of any significant travel disruption yet. 

But we could wind gusts of up to 50mph in the next  few hoursso that could change - here's the latest hour-by-hour forecast.  

10am – Cloudy – wind gusts of 44mph – 11C

11am – Cloudy – wind gusts of 46mph – 11C

Noon – Heavy rain – wind gusts of 49mph – 11C

1pm – Heavy rain – wind gusts of 51mph – 11C

Picture: Chris Moorhouse

Good news for ferry passengers

Pompey game not under threat today

Gale-force winds and heavy rain are set to hit Pompey’s clash with Shrewsbury today with the arrival of Storm Dennis.

But The News understands there are currently no concerns about the weather placing the League One clash under threat.

Fratton Park when Pompey's clash with Notts County was called off in 2013. Picture: Sarah Standing (1393-1805)

Don't take any risks on the roads!

Hovertravel services cancelled

Hovertravel has cancelled their services due to 'adverse weather conditions'.

The company say there were will be no services until at least 2pm - we'll bring you the latest updates when they're available.

Disruption to South Western Railway services

South Western Railway services are most likely to be impacted from 12pm today until 12pm on Sunday.

Due to high winds expected as part of Storm Dennis a 50mph speed restriction will apply on the following routes:

  • Petersfield to Portsmouth Harbour
  • Portsmouth Harbour to Eastleigh / Southampton Central
  • Eastleigh to Weymouth
  • Salisbury to Exeter Central
  • Salisbury to Southampton Central
Storm Dennis is set to batter Portsmouth this weekend. Picture: Tony Hicks

We'll be updating this blog all day with the latest updates - but we need your help!

Help us keep people updated by messaging us on Facebook or emailing us at [email protected] if you see or hear of anything.

Train advice from Southern Rail

Here's what the operator has said about today's stormy weather:

"For everybody's safety, trains on coastal routes will be running at reduced speeds from 10pm on Saturday 15 until 2pm on Sunday 16 February. There will be delays. so you will need to allow more time for your journey, especially if you are travelling to an airport or plan to connect with long distance rail services. 

"If your journey is not necessary then it's safest not to travel at all.

"You may use your ticket to complete your journey, between the south coast and London, on Southern, Thameslink, South Western and Southeastern services."

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