PARTS of North Hampshire were without power overnight as Storm Bella hit North Hampshire.

Heavy rain and strong winds hit the country last night, with trees pulled up in Wales and flooding in places.

And parts of North Hampshire were without power last night amid the bad weather.

Power cuts have been reported in Andover, Odiham, Wherwell and Enham.

The SP10, SP11, SO20 and RG29 postcode areas are all affected, with Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, who look after the power network in the area, saying they expect the power to be reconnected at some point this morning.

In Andover, an engineer was expected on site at 8.30am with power expected back on by midday.

In the SO20 and SP11 areas, power is expected to be reconnected by 4pm today.

And in Odiham, reports suggest the power has already been reconnected.

A spokesperson for SSEN said: "Since 9pm last night (Saturday 26 December), SSEN has successfully restored power to around 48,500 properties.

"As of 9.30am on Sunday, with Storm Bella now passed, SSEN's focus is now on restoring power to the remaining 4,500 properties affected.

“Of those remaining customers, approximately 2,000 are in our South East region which covers Hampshire. Please find full details on our website”

It comes after an amber warning for wind was issued as Storm Bella hits the county with force.

The Met Office predicted the storm will bring disruption to travel and utilities over parts of south and southeast England today.

The alert was issued from 10pm last night through until 9am this morning.

Overnight, a gust of 106 miles per hour was recorded at The Needles on the Isle of Wight.