A NUMBER of roads around Basingstoke and Deane have been blocked due to fallen trees.

As a result of storm Eleanor battering the county overnight, the strong winds have brought down trees and left some homes in Hampshire without power.

With winds reaching up to speeds of 80mph in some parts of the county, forecasters warned lives could be at risk from flying debris as the fifth-named storm of the season arrived on Tuesday evening.

Morgaston Road, in Sherborne St John and Bramshill Road heading towards Reading are both currently blocked with diversions in place until the road is cleared.

Vince Crane, of the AA, advised drivers to take extra care in the worsening conditions.

He said: "Road conditions can quickly deteriorate during very heavy rainfall, with drains becoming swamped or blocked and standing water causing surface spray, reduced visibility and potentially leading to flooding.

"Drivers will need to take extra care and expect delays, even on motorways.

"Strong or sudden gusts of wind are more likely on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or gaps in hedges, or when overtaking high-sided vehicles."

A yellow weather warning has been issued by the Met Office covering Wales, England, most of Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland is in place until Wednesday evening.