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Hampshire braced for more storms
HAMPSHIRE could be braced for more storms as officials predict a repeat of the destructive weather which hit parts of the region this week.
The Met Office has issued an amber alert for the south of England on Monday, warning the public to be prepared for the risk of falling trees, as well as damage to buildings and other structures.
Meteorologists warn the weather could bring disruption to transport and power supplies.
The latest warning comes as hundreds of people across Hampshire woke up on Wednesday to a trail of devastation after lightning strikes and strong wind caused havoc.
More than 50 firefighters battled a blaze after Allan Burgess’ home in Shirrell Heath was struck by a lightning bolt on Tuesday night.
He came home from the gym to find his house ablaze and the emergency services battling to save it.
A three-storey block in Benhams Road, Townhill Park, was also damaged during the storms.
A large section of tarmac sheeting was blown off and timber and polystyrene littered the ground below.
The Met Office says a “very intense low pressure system” will run northeastwards across the country on Monday morning, bringing potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather for the south of the country.
It could bring with it persistent, heavy rain, which could cause some surface water flooding.
A Met Office chief forecaster said: “A strong, high-level jet is expected to engage warm low level air to give rise to a rapidly moving low pressure system later on Sunday.
“This is expected to run northeastwards, probably across England and Wales, with very strong winds on its southern and western flanks.
“There is the potential for gusts of over 80mph.”
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