LiveStorms smash into Hampshire

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Summary

  • Heavy rain hit the county this afternoon
  • 96mph winds recorded off The Needles
  • Girl rescued after tree crashes on car
  • Military drafted in to help in flood hit areas
  • Floodwater 'could last for months' warns expert

8:19pm

We'll be closing down the live blog shortly, as the worst of the weather has long passed by Hampshire, but more flooding is expected, so do be aware and prepared.

8:17pm

More photos from Donna Green of the tree that came down in Sholing today.

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8:14pm

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8:04pm

Ian Foulkes sent in this image of flooding at Romsey World of Water.

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7:51pm

During the height of the storm, the Red Jet service from Southampton was suspended. This video shows the conditions which meant the service couldn't sail.

7:50pm

This video shows the scene in Greatbridge Road, Romsey, earlier this evening.

7:25pm

Donna Green sent us this photo of a tree belonding to her uncle, which fell into his neighbour's garden in Sholing today, smashing into their conservatory.

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7:10pm

There are a number of flights to and from Southampton Airport being cancelled this evening.

For more information, see our live traffic and travel service or the Southampton Airport website.

6:57pm

6:26pm

The Hampshire Fire & Rescue high volume pump has been deployed to Winchester to help with the situation on the River Itchen. Crews also continue to assist with the sandbag effort along Water Lane.

5:56pm

The tree that came down on Freemantle Common Road his afternoon actually trapped a two-year-old girl inside the car.

Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service managed to free the girl, who was uninjured in the incident.

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Photograph by Echo reader Kit Ship.

5:42pm

The Military help Winchester residents in their battle against the elements.

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Hampshire police are urging motorists to take plenty of time for their journeys this evening and lots of care when driving home with road conditions becoming treacherous in the high winds and rain.

Several trees have blown over causing significant road disruption this afternoon, most notably a 30ft tree onto the A27 Western Road in Porstmouth, which will remain closed for about the next five hours while13 more trees - precariously leaning into the carriageway - are removed by tree surgeons.

Officers from the constabulary's Roads Police Unit will be on patrol thoughout this evening, to assist in keeping the roads moving and drivers safe.

Superintendent Chris Brown, head of the RPU for Hampshire and the Thames Valley, said:

"There are some really difficult driving conditions this evening and I would ask all drivers to take extra care as they drive home from work, and keep other journeys to an absolute necessary minimum.  These conditions are going to continue for the next few days.

"When you are driving please heed the following advice:

  • Take extra time for your journey
  • Slow down - braking distances are longer in wet weather and road surfaces are more treacherous.
  • Leave more room between you and the vehicle in front of you
  • Use dipped headlights at all times in these conditions
  • Watch out for spray and standing water
  • Don't ignore road closures - the flooding on many of our roads is now very deep and it easy to become stranded.

"Unfortunately, we have are having to issue this advice fairly regularly at the moment but it’s a message that bears repeating as these extreme weather conditions continue. Please keep safe on our roads."

5:23pm

Police in Netley coordinate efforts during the extreme weather.

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4:51pm

The tree that came down on Freemantle Common Road, as photographed by Echo reader Kit Ship.

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4:30pm

Two children and a driver trapped in a car on Freemantle Common Road after being hit by a falling tree have been rescued and are reported to be ok.

4:24pm

Budds Lane Industrial Estate, in Romsey, has been shut and all businesses have been evacuated.

 

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A new tax helpline has been launched today for anyone affected by the flooding.

The helpline will enable anyone affected to get fast, practical help and advice on a wide range of tax problems they may be facing.

The helpline is 0800 904 7900.

3:41pm

Wind speeds are hitting 96mph around The Needles currently.

3:29pm

Drivers urged to take care as a tree is blocking the road at the jucntion of Branches Lane and the A27 Sherfield English. Hampshire County Council has been advised.

 

 

3:25pm

Romsey police have confirmed that there are currently no plans to evacuate those living in the Saddlers Walk and Causeway area of the town, which are flooded.

3:23pm

Pitt roundabout near Oliver's Battery is flooded but is currently passable. Motorists warned to drive through carefully.

 

 

3:21pm

3:17pm

Wind speeds have now reached up to 105mph in Wales.

3:17pm

Park Avenue in Winchester has been closed due to flooding.

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3:14pm

Peartree Avenue, at the junction with Spring Road is now closed due to a fallen tree. Highways teams are on their way and motorists are urged to drive carefully.

3:12pm

Motorists are warned to expect delays in Freemantle Common Road and Spring Road after a tree fell on a car.

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Council bosses in Hampshire have appealed today for the Government to stump up “significant” additional national investment in flood relief schemes.

Councillor Sean Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, added: “We also want assistance towards the cost of repairing infrastructure.

“The £2 million required for road repairs this winter alone is a huge amount of money when you consider that by the end of this Parliament, we have lost over half our Government funding.”

2:31pm

Chief Constable Andy Marsh has thanked the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for working together to look after the vulnerable and elderly during this exceptional circumstances.

He added: “Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will continue to work with the communities and other public service agencies to provide reassurance and offer any assistance whatsoever. We are all in this together, and by working together we will get through it.”

2:28pm

2:27pm

Across Hampshire more than 90 communities are currently affected by serious flooding.

More than 60 properties are flooded and around 30 roads have had to be closed for safety reasons, with another 100 that are “passable with care”.

2:26pm

Winds in Southampton have reached up to 51mph today.

Meanwhile, off the south coast of Ireland, speeds of 110mph have been recorded.

2:23pm

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If you have been hit by flooding and need help then the Flood Volunteers are here to help. To find those willing to offering their time and support in your area or to wsign up to become a volunteer visit floodvolunteers.co.uk.

1:57pm

Police prepare for the storms ahead at the control room in Netley.

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1:51pm

As we posted earlier, this is the rainfall that was expected to fall at 2pm this afternoon, according to the Met Office.

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In Winchester, Major Mario Pirozzolo, Royal Engineers, said in Water Lane today: “Sandbags are part of what every soldier will do in the British Army. The soldiers love it and are delighted to help in the community.”

1:28pm

South Central Ambulance Service are reminding those who are forced to evacuate their homes due to flooding not to forget their essential medicines and any vital health equipment.

1:01pm

Driving advice for floods and heavy rain from ROMANSE:

Basingstoke Gazette: Motorist rescued from ford near Plaiford

Dipped headlights must be used when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you must switch them off when visibility improves.

Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front. Stopping distances double in wet conditions.

If the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.

Do not attempt to drive through deep floods and fords.

Adhere to all signed road closures. Ignoring or removing the barriers/signs could you put yourself and others at risk.

If you consider a flooded area is safe to navigate:
*Never attempt to drive through a flood if you are unsure of the depth and risk*
• Select first or second gear.
• Position the vehicle in the middle of the road where the water is usually at it's shallowest.
• Drive through the flood at a steady rate keeping the engine revs high. Dipping the clutch whilst revving will help keep the exhaust clear.
• After successfully clearing the flood, test your brakes as soon as it's safe to do so.

 

12:47pm

This graphic shows how much rainfall there has been across the UK in recent weeks, compared to the average over the last 33 years.

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12:43pm

Steve Foye, area manager for Hampshire Fire and Rescue, is currently working from the Local Resilience Forum, a multi-agency control room that has been up and running at police headquarters in Netley since February 6.

He reassured flood-hit residents that firefighters would “go that extra mile for the public because these are extreme and unusual circumstances”.

12:42pm

Fordingbridge infant and Junior Schools will be closed until February 24.

Despite the tireless efforts of teachers and parents who battled against flood water to keep the schools open, they have taken advice from the council and the fire service and the decision has been made to not open again until after the half-term break.

Year 6 pupils from the junior school will however continue to be taught at The Burgate school for the remainder of the week.

12:40pm

12:30pm

Volunteers from Winchester City Council fill sand bags.

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12:29pm

Grants of up to £5,000 will be available to businesses and homeowners hit by flooding to better protect their properties in future.

David Cameron gave details of the grants and a promise of business rate relief as he repeated his pledge that ''money is no object'' in the relief effort.

At Prime Minister's Questions he said: ''We will be introducing a grant for all affected homeowners and businesses to build in better flood protection as they repair their properties. That will be up to £5,000 per house and per business.

''On top of that we are announcing a £10 million fund for farmers who have seen their land waterlogged day after day, week after week.

''And I can also announce today that we will be deferring the tax payments that businesses have to pay and all of the businesses that have been affected by floods will get 100% business rate relief.'

12:23pm

This is the latest satellite image of the UK, taken at 12pm.

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12:16pm

Chief Superintendent, Scott Chilton, who heads up the Joint Operations Unit, has warned that the extreme problems faced by Hampshire residents are not just going to stop when the rain does.

He said that this was “an enduring challenge for all the services and the public”.

12:10pm

THERE is a huge problem building, warns the leader of Winchester City Council this afternoon.

Councillor Keith Wood is warning residents that with a “great deal of water” still yet to come off the fields and more heavy rain, the situation in the city will be “exacerbated”.

He said that council officers have been working with the Environment Agency to find ways of managing the flow of water into Winchester town so that we can avoid the Itchen bursting its banks and flooding over 100 houses.

12:10pm

Meanwhile, an expert for the Environment Agency has warned that floodwaters could remain in place for months.

Read the full story here >>

12:09pm

12:04pm

Carbon monoxide detectors are being handed out by firefighters to flood-hit communities in Hampshire.

It comes as many residents and businesses have been using fuel-driven pumps and generators to remove floodwater from their properties.

The danger of these being used indoors is that they omit exhaust gases that contain potentially deadly carbon monoxide (CO).

A dedicated team of 11 officers are currently visiting Winchester and Romsey to deliver the detectors and offer advice on how best to pump water from their property.

12:02pm

12:00pm

This image from EU Met Sat shows the large storm that is currently hitting the Uk and Ireland.

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11:57am

Reader Lorna Chapman sent us these photos or her son and husband on a canoe in Lovedon Lane in Kings Worthy.

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11:54am

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has requested that Hampshire’s High Volume Pump (HVP), which was recently deployed to Somerset to help assist with the flooding there, is kept in Hampshire for the foreseeable future to help flood-hit residents here.

11:49am

This is the rainfall predicted by the Met Office for 2pm this afternoon.

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Communities across Hampshire are bracing themselves for more flooding today, with heavy rain forecast for this afternoon.

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3:32pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Brite Spark says...

It's ok most of us are protected by the Isle of Wight, that's what it's there for.
It's ok most of us are protected by the Isle of Wight, that's what it's there for. Brite Spark
  • Score: 5

4:19pm Wed 12 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

Tree just fallen on the line outside Southampton Central Station. Check your trains!
Tree just fallen on the line outside Southampton Central Station. Check your trains! camerajuan
  • Score: 4

5:11pm Wed 12 Feb 14

camerajuan says...

camerajuan wrote:
Tree just fallen on the line outside Southampton Central Station. Check your trains!
Strike that, its outside Eastleigh!
[quote][p][bold]camerajuan[/bold] wrote: Tree just fallen on the line outside Southampton Central Station. Check your trains![/p][/quote]Strike that, its outside Eastleigh! camerajuan
  • Score: 2

5:47pm Wed 12 Feb 14

issacchunt says...

"Storms smash into Hampshire"........wh
o writes this rubbish?
"Storms smash into Hampshire"........wh o writes this rubbish? issacchunt
  • Score: -5

5:59pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

Came back from the capital city today & just past Woking I felt a horrendous load of noise under the carriage & it turns out we went over a tree...put the fear of God into me I can tell you.
We then had to wait while the poor old driver got out checked the train for damage.
That said, I did see Prince William come through Trafalgar square if anyone is remotely interested & I was so sad that I actually filmed it :)
Came back from the capital city today & just past Woking I felt a horrendous load of noise under the carriage & it turns out we went over a tree...put the fear of God into me I can tell you. We then had to wait while the poor old driver got out checked the train for damage. That said, I did see Prince William come through Trafalgar square if anyone is remotely interested & I was so sad that I actually filmed it :) SOULJACKER
  • Score: 4

6:01pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Adrian Smith* says...

issacchunt wrote:
"Storms smash into Hampshire"........wh

o writes this rubbish?
What, are 96mph winds, trees being blown down and shtloads of flooding not enough for you?

Be thankful you're lucky enough not to be affected by all of this rather than spouting of rubbish about things outside your limited sphere of experience.
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: "Storms smash into Hampshire"........wh o writes this rubbish?[/p][/quote]What, are 96mph winds, trees being blown down and sh[i][/i]tloads of flooding not enough for you? Be thankful you're lucky enough not to be affected by all of this rather than spouting of rubbish about things outside your limited sphere of experience. Adrian Smith*
  • Score: 7

6:05pm Wed 12 Feb 14

SOULJACKER says...

The article above says "Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service managed to free the girl, who was uninured in the incident".
Was she "uninjured" or "uninsured"?
Come on 'DE' get that spellchecker going on, it's like Blankety Blank!
The article above says "Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service managed to free the girl, who was uninured in the incident". Was she "uninjured" or "uninsured"? Come on 'DE' get that spellchecker going on, it's like Blankety Blank! SOULJACKER
  • Score: 0

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