Eastleigh recovers from ‘Stormageddon’


Fences blown down in Eastleigh

Fences blown down in Eastleigh

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.

Monday morning rush hour. Romsey Rd at 9am

Monday morning rush hour. Romsey Rd at 9am

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.

  5 comments for “Eastleigh recovers from ‘Stormageddon’

  1. Hello
    October 28, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Poundland was also closed due to flooding

  2. Hello
    October 29, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    As are frankie and bennies, harvester and bowling…..

  3. mm
    Eastleigh Xpress
    October 30, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Thanks ..I was too ‘stormed’ out to pursue it further. BTW the post of ‘Eastleigh Storm Correspondent’ is vacant if you are interested!

  4. CharlieK
    October 31, 2013 at 1:11 am

    When I left home at 7 on Tuesday morning for my cycle to work, I felt a mixture of relief and disappointment. On the one hand I had looked forward to the battle. On the other I was pleased that there was comparitively little damage along my route. I was also pleased that the drivers that did venture out were patient when there was debris in the road.

  5. Pete Stewart
    October 31, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I was staggered by the hype, especially the Met Office website, where you get bombarded by “climate change” nonsense.

    Remember not so long ago, they always talked about “global warming” (before the weather inconveniently started cooling again).

    Someone said they’d heard there’s a hurricane on the way. Well if you’re reading this, don’t worry, there isn’t, but having said that actually the weather will become very windy, but most of the strong winds incidentally will be down over Spain and across into France.

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