Trees uprooted in Hampshire and Isle of Wight by storms
- 28 October 2013
- From the section Hampshire & Isle of Wight
Roads have been blocked by fallen trees and homes left without power after storm-force winds swept across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
The Met Office said a gust of 99mph (159km/h) was recorded at Needles Old Battery, Isle of Wight.
Hampshire County Council said about 145 roads were shut at some point overnight due to the weather.
In other developments:
- Several roads were closed because of fallen trees or flooding
- South West Trains started a phased reintroduction of routes after no services ran before 11:00 GMT
- First Great Western trains have been disrupted by fallen trees
- A landslip in the New Forest affected Network Rail services
- Southern Railway routes have been disrupted after about 40 trees fell on the line
- Hovertravel between Ryde and Southsea was suspended until about 13:00 GMT
- Southampton Airport advised travellers to check with their airlines before setting off
- Scottish and Southern Energy reported power cuts across the region
- Portsmouth University was closed to students until midday
- Milton Park was closed by Portsmouth City Council due to damaged trees but was expected to reopen by Tuesday morning
Martyn Biddiscombe, who sent in a picture of a fallen tree in Chandler's Ford, said: "It's pretty bad, there are bins everywhere, it's quite an obstacle course."
Steve Burrell was up for most of the night nervously watching an oak tree outside his home in Bursledon.
He said: "I was terrified it was going to blow into my house.
"Just after 5.30 I heard an almighty gust and the whole house shook.
"I looked out the window and all I saw was the stump of the tree.
"All the kids in the area are playing on it like an adventure playground."
Alex Fogarty, who works for Wightlink Ferries, said: "We had probably the hairiest night since I've worked for Wightlink.
"At about five o'clock this morning we had the full force 11 gusting hurricane-force winds.
"The passengers held up rather well, fortunately the direction was from the west to south-west which meant that the crossing was not too lumpy."