Weathermen say yet more rain to come

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TRAVEL woe is easing across the area but more heavy rain is due tonight and tomorrow.

The Met Office is warning of further rain, heavy at times, with strong winds tonight and tomorrow.

A  ferocious hailstone shower caught out walkers at Southsea.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14373-3)

A ferocious hailstone shower caught out walkers at Southsea.'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14373-3)

There are no Environment Agency flood alerts in the area.

And South west Trains said the only route affected in the area is the Eastleigh to Fareham service, which will not call at Botley or Hedge End due to a landslide at Botley.

A spokesman for South West Trains said: ‘The vast majority of our services are planned to run as normal today, however we’d advise passengers to check the latest information before they travel and be prepared that some journeys may take a little longer than normal.’

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Trees came down, roads flooded and hovercraft services were suspended as torrential weather lashed the south over the weekend.

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.

It 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 was disruption on the M27 as the hard shoulder and inside lane of the westbound carriageway between junction 11 and junction nine were closed.

Northern Road, in Cosham, Portsmouth, was shut northbound while the emergency services dealt with an accident.

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

Meanwhile, cross-Solent hovercraft crossings were suspended due to adverse weather conditions.

A tree on the line at Hamble caused delays of up to 30 minutes on train services between Fareham and Southampton.

More than 40 volunteers for the Hambledon Flood Action Group were on standby in case conditions took a turn for the worse in the village, but fortunately it wasn’t as bad as anticipated.

Volunteer Neil Mason said: ‘We survived the weekend remarkably well.

‘The amount of rain we were told to expect did not materialise in Hambledon.’