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Two injured in Hinton Admiral falling tree car crash

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Image caption Police said the car was struck by a fallen tree on the A35 by the Cat and Fiddle pub

A falling tree injured two men when it crashed through the roof of a car in Hampshire during Storm Eleanor.

The driver and passenger were travelling on the A35 through Hinton Admiral when the tree fell on to the Ford Focus shortly after 03:00 GMT on Wednesday.

Police said both men were taken to hospital.

The road was closed by the Cat and Fiddle pub for more than three hours while the tree was cleared.

Police initially reported the driver had been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.

Hampshire Constabulary later said: "We are investigating the full circumstances, but no arrests have been made.

"Apologies for any confusion after what was tweeted in the early hours of this morning."

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Image caption The two men in the car were taken to hospital for treatment

The Environment Agency had issued flood warnings and alerts across Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight, with coastal areas under threat from a combination of a high tide and large waves.

There were numerous reports of fallen trees blocking roads across Dorset in the wake of the high winds.

Dorset Police said there was "a morning of chaos" across the county on Wednesday.

The Met Office said gusts of up to 89mph (143km) were recorded on the Isle of Wight at about midnight.

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Image caption Dozens of trees were brought down across Dorset during the storm

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