Householders in Eastleigh are counting the cost after a night of storms.
Wind and rain gusting up to gale force took town trees and fences although the storm was nowhere near predictions of a major weather event on the scale of the 1987 Hurricane.
An amateur weather station on Eastleigh’s Aviary estate recorded 41 mph gust but the strongest gust of the night was 99 mph recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight.
There was disruption to morning traffic although the volume traffic was lower than normal partly due to half-term holidays. Train services were also badly disrupted.
Trees were reported down in Passfield Avenue, Oakmount Road, Turnpike Way, Templars way and on the railway line at Swanwick and Botley but teams from Hampshire County Council and Network Rail have working throughout the morning to clear major transport routes of debris.
Gambado’s indoor play park at the Swan Centre was unable to open this morning as staff repaired storm damage but this appeared to be the only Town Centre business to be affected.
Hampshire Fire Rescue reported had no major issues to deal with overnight.
Elsewhere in the south 270,000 homes are reported to be without power – locally there were outages in Bishops Waltham and Romsey – and two people lost their lives as a result of falling trees. A 14 year-old boy is also reported missing after swimming in the sea off Newhaven earlier yesterday.
Winds are expected to pick up again around lunchtime but should not be too severe and will die down by the evening which looks set to be clear of rain.