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Emergency services stretched as Storm Jude hits the south
Updated 9:32pm Monday 28th October 2013 in News
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- Winds of almost 100 mile and hour recorded
- Scores of roads shut as trees blown down
- No trains ran before 12pm
- Emergency services stretched to the limit
- Commuters urged not to travel
Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) engineers continue to restore power with around 80,000 homes in the south back on supply and further work taking place to restore the remaining 30,000 homes.
The ulitity company say while it is expected that the majority of customers will have power restored later tonight, around 10,000 homes are expected to be without power overnight.
These homes are concentrated in areas where there have been multiple faults and every effort is being made to effect the necessary repairs. A number of rural areas are affected including areas around: Aldershot, Basingstoke, Petersfield, Reading, Salisbury, New Forest and Oxfordshire.
Vulnerable customers are being called to give reassurance and to offer help. If you have no electricity, please contact the team on 0800 072 7282 particularly if you are reporting network damage or know of a neighbour or friend who may need extra help.
You would have to look back more than a decade through the record books to find a weather system on par with the recent storm that has claimed four lives and cut power to hundreds of thousands of homes across the UK, the Met Office has said.
The storm, which hit in the early hours of this morning, had peak wind gusts of 99mph in the Isle of Wight and drenched Cardiff with a maximum rainfall of 53.6mm over 24 hours.
The Met Office said it had not been since the early hours of October 27, 2002 - almost 11 years to the day - that the UK has endured a storm of similar ferocity.
Parts of the South West, South, South East, the Midlands and the East of England endured winds of almost 100mph when the storm first began to hit land in the early hours.
The storm, dubbed St Jude after the patron of lost causes, caused traffic problems on road, rail, air and sea.
Tanners Lane near Romsey is closed due to fallen tree between A27 Salisbury Road and Embley Lane / Woodington Road.
Tree surgeons have been telling the Daily Echo to warn people about how trees are continuing to fall well after the storm.
Wind has left some trees badly weakened, meaning some are toppling over.
Reports are coming in about rail services on the Isle of Wight being suspended on the Island Line between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin due to fallen tree on the line.
The tree has brought down electricity power lines, so services are unable to run.
South West Trains is planning to run a normal service tomorrow after maintenance teams and engineers worked round-the-clock to clear clear fallen trees and debris following the worst of the storm which hit southern Britain.
Around 90% of routes on the South West Trains network re-opened by mid-afternoon today. Train services running were largely on time, although a significantly reduced level of service will remain in operation for the rest of the day.
Most of the roads across the region are now open normally, although the disruption to rail services continues.
Over in Woolston, some of the protective screens on the Centenary Quay development have been dislodged by the high winds from earlier.
From Hollymarie Floyd in Southampton.
She said: "My trampoline flew over my fence and went half way down the road before landing on top of a car. This is the picture what it looks like now."
Keith Simon sent us this photo of a car being caught underneath a fallen tree in Southampton.
Jeannette Brown sent us these photos via our Facebook page.
She said: "Luckily our ponies can swim , as they now live in a river!"
Southern Railways have issued the following statement about travel on their network today:
"Please note that all routes on the Southern network are now open following this morning’s storm which saw over 40 trees fall onto Southern railway lines.
"We are operating a temporary timetable for the rest of the day, details of which can be found at www.southernrailway.com.
"We plan to provide a normal weekday service tomorrow, Tuesday 29th October."
Here is the latest weather forecast for the rest of the day.
Things are certainly looking brighter in Fareham.
This was taken by Emma Downing at Taylor Made on Cams Hall Estate this afternoon.
RECKLESS Hampshire drivers risked their lives by driving under a tree resting on a power cable.
The tree fell onto but did not snap the cable in Monday morning's storm.
Scores of car drivers gambled that the cable would hold in Alresford, near Winchester.
Photographer Matt Irving took the photo in New Farm Road, this morning.
At Riverside Park in Bitterne Park, the River Itchen is currently 2.28m deep, putting it at 'flooding risk' according to the Environment Agency.
Normally, it is between 1.65m and 1.4m deep, the previous recent recorded high is 2.05m, in 2005.
We've put together a photo gallery of some of the images that have been sent into us today.
A33 #MICHELDEVER - Road closed in both directions between Duke Street and Winchester Road (near Crowdown Farm) due to a fallen tree.— @ROMANSE 28 October 2013
Just 1 of many tree's down, thankfully no one injured in this incident. 9596 http://t.co/qmUQB7dD8H— @BasingstokeCops 28 October 2013
More storm damage, this time in Chartwell Green. This is perhaps more to do with poorly secured garden furnishings rather than the 77mph winds dancing around.
#StormSWT - Customers with single or return tickets dated Monday 28 October are free to use these on Tuesday 29 October.— @SW_Trains 28 October 2013
According to Southern Electric, there are currently 10,000 homes across Hampshire without power.
Of that 10,000, 9,000 are in the New Forest, with a further 1,000 around the Portsmouth area.
Flights have nearly returned to normal following this morning’s storm but we are still experiencing some minor delays— @SOU_Airport 28 October 2013
1:59pm Mon 28 Oct 13
Not a lot of damage in this neck of the woods, apart from a few fence panels down and a few broken branches, flood in Kendle Ave water reaching the gardens at 1am due to drains block by leaves and litter
Yay! Power restored in north baddesley, hope everyone else is as lucky 😃👍— @mattletiss7 28 October 2013
@Eastleigh_news @dailyecho 2 trees in my mums garden! http://t.co/ds5aU2bYOy— @Keensybaby 28 October 2013
The fastest gusts in Southampton were recorded at 77mph. The peak was the 99mph at The Needles.
Michaler sent us of the tree we earlier reported that had blown over in St James Park in Shirley.
Another photo by Mollie Knight, this time showing trees and debris blocking the pathway in Chestnut Drive, Ashurst.
Jeremy Cangialosi has sent in this dramatic photo of The Needles on the Isle of Wight.
Mollie Knight sent in this photo of trees and debris blocking the road in Wharton's Lane, Ashurst.
Another photo from a nameless Echo reader. This one shows a fallen tree blocking residential car park in Millbrook.
An unknown Echo reader sent in this photo from Thornhill.
A scots pine which went down in the wind, at Exbury.
James Newell has sent in some more pictures, this time in Howards Close, Swaythling.
All routes are flowing freely.— @scchighways 28 October 2013
A fallen tree completely blocks Cheriton Road in Winchester. Here are the pictures from Daily Echo photographer Matt Watson.
Photographer James Newell sent in these pictures of a tree blocking Moorgreen Road in West End.
#StormSWT - We are still advising customer not to attempt travelling today. Most routes are not served. http://t.co/2H7Hw3APIK— @SW_Trains 28 October 2013
Manor Farm Country Park will reopen at 1pm, after remaining shut due to the weather.
@wave105radio @dailyecho a neighbours wall after last night http://t.co/1vBpskUpxr— @queenadds 28 October 2013
The Met Office have released this video clip of satellite imagery showing the storm as it blew across the UK.
11:56am Mon 28 Oct 13
11:30 am. A tree or large branch was seen laying across the rail line between Totton and Fawley, located between Trotts Lane, Matchwood and Jacobs Gutter Lane, Totton
Southern Railways have updated their temporary timetable and it's not good for passengers in the Southampton area.
They say there will be no Southampton service for the remained of the day.
There will be limited services from places such as Portsmouth Harbour and Brighton.
Strong winds toppled a tree onto a conservatory in New Milton in the early hours of this morning.
Police were called to a house in Herbert Road at 5.19am to reports of a 15ft tree falling into the building.
There was no damage to the conservatory and the tree has since been cleared.
SWT have also said that trees weakened by storm continuing to fall on tracks throughout the morning and that there will be significantly reduced services when routes declared safe to re-open.
Customers advised to check the latest travel information and allow extra time for journeys
South West Trains are doing a "phased re-introduction of small number of services on some routes"
However, most services still not expected to run until at least 12noon, possibly considerably later in some areas
Maintenance teams and engineers dealing with around 50 fallen trees and other debris across network
Flights are slowly returning to normal but we’re still experiencing some delays. More information can be found here http://t.co/7Apw4fxTSV— @SOU_Airport 28 October 2013
Christine and Jack Wyatt from Romsey enjoy a cup of tea in bracing winds at Calshot.
They went down to see if there was any damage to their hut, but were 'thrilled' to discover everything was perfectly fine.
@dailyecho our building in chandlers ford http://t.co/U5SZFDXCvO— @Nattyn00 28 October 2013
Villages near Alresford including Cheriton lost electricity at around 3am this morning.
There were delays on the A272 near Cheriton after a tree fell across the road near Hockley House. It was cleared by 8am but caused tailbacks.
In Winchester, Sgt John Stribley, of North Walls Police Station said today: “There have been no injuries and no serious damage just the inconvenience of trees closing major arteries.
“Crawley at one point was almost cut off. We have had officers out clearing trees working with the Highways Agency.”
On New Farm Road, Alresford, a tree fell onto but did not snap a power cable.
In Winchester part of a trunk fell onto the road on Magdalen Hill and a large tree crashed down on to Cheriton Road, Fulflood.
One resident said: “The good thing is that the kids are not at Westgate School as it's half term, but the nursery moved into the new build last week. Luckily this happened at night.”
Pictures of storm damage to skating rink at Royal Victoria country park. It will still be open today though, says Martin Curtis.
Edgar d'Bell has sent in this photo from his back garden in Lordshill, Southampton.
The tree came down last night and has destroyed a shed, a fence and a trampoline.
There are currently no First Great Western services running between Southampton and Salisbury.
Latest flight information can be found here - http://t.co/F0ALiVBOnc— @SOU_Airport 28 October 2013
@dailyecho Saw this on Forest Road whilst driving through Waltham Chase this morning.. http://t.co/0AQVbc3Q5h— @mattsallsopp 28 October 2013
South West Trains say no rail services are expected to run before 12pm today.
#UKstorm2013 at @unisouthampton in the context of the last 30 days -winds recorded by the @SotonASTRA weather station http://t.co/GfRTR5p8lB— @ASobester 28 October 2013
Unfortunately, the severe weather last night and this morning means the Monday market in West St, Fareham has been cancelled.— @FarehamBC 28 October 2013
A footpath was blocked after part of a giant oak tree came crashing down in the height of the storms in Grafton Gardens, Lordswood, Southampton.
Fencing was smashed and tree surgeons were called in to clear the debris from the area which is close to the giant sports centre. No one was hurt.
A local resident said: “This path is used by a lot of residents and luckily it happened when nobody was around. They are usually lot of cars in the area but the road was clear when the tree came down.”
Winds of 99mph were recorded off The Needles last night yet Calshot, which is just over the water on the mainland, is completely unscathed, according to Echo photographer, Stuart Martin.
In Sopley, the roof was blown off the Farm Shop.
And this is how it looked from the outside.
Firefighters were called to Main Road, Boldre, this morning after a branch landed on power cables.
A Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said no action was required as the branch had been removed by the owner of the property.
A fallen tree has also blocked Old Romsey Road behind the White Hart pub in Cadnam.
The main north-south route through the New Forest is partially blocked by a fallen tree.
The A337 through Brockenhurst is down to a single carriageway while workmen remove the debris, which is blocking the northbound lane between Brockenhurst College and Balmer Lawn Road
This workmen earlier this morning trying to clear the tree which blocked the Inner Avenue in Southampton.
The road has since been cleared and fully reopened.
The award-winning Exbury Gardens, near Beaulieu, is closed today as a precaution.
The decision to shut the 200-acre site was taken yesterday afternoon amid fears that the storm would leave the attraction either damaged or in a potentially dangerous state.
But an Exbury spokesman said the impact of the appalling weather turned out to be “very superficial”.
He added: “We lost one Scots pine. It was more than 100 years old and snapped at the base, but apart from that it’s mainly a question of benches blown over and other minor damage.
“Considering that we’re only eight miles from The Needles, where a gust of 99mph was recorded, I think we got off very lightly.”
Exbury, which lost 400 trees in the Great Storm of 1987, is due to re-open tomorrow.
10:34am Mon 28 Oct 13
Me and another Thornhill resident moved a pair of substantially sized tree branches off of the footpath in Linacre Road this morning and we didn't just leave them in the car park, we pulled them across and onto the grass out of the way, will upload the video of it later.
Footage showing the scene in Oakwood Drive, Southampton, where a tree fell into a house.
#StormSWT - We are looking to gradually reintroduce services on SOME routes that have now been checked as clear of obstructions.— @SW_Trains 28 October 2013
Nationally, there have been a number of deaths following the storm.
• A 14-year-old boy is feared dead after being swept into the sea in rough weather at Newhaven, East Sussex, at about 4.15pm yesterday.
• A 17-year-old girl has died after a tree crashed on to her static caravan home in Kent,
• A man has died in Watford after a tree fell on his car.
Over 82,000 homes have been left without power in the south as a result of the storm last night - and some coule be left waiting until tomorrow before it is turned back on.
Over 1,000 Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) engineers are restoring power to homes across central southern England.
Currently, around 82,000 homes are without power in the Southern Electric area which stretches from Somerset to West London and from Oxfordshire to the Isle of Wight.
As the weather moved through the area, it has had the greatest impact on Dorset, Wiltshire and parts of rural Hampshire.
SEPD anticipates that the majority of customers will have their electricity restored tonight although a number may remain without power overnight.
Where possible, some customers will have their power restored through mobile generators.
The wind and heavy rain overnight has meant a lot of work for the council this morning.
Here are the latest updates from Southampton City Council's highways team:
Millbrook Rd West; Outbound, Under footbrigde, collapsed manhole cover, approach with caution. Engineers are on there way.— @scchighways 28 October 2013
Itchen Bridge, traffic flowing freely.— @scchighways 28 October 2013
@dailyecho Working hard to try & clear up. We are on site,clearing up debris,making safe,arranging repairs & talking to residents— @EastLHO 28 October 2013
More from Oakwood Drive in Lordshill where a tree has crashed onto a house.
@HantsPolice If you see power cables down in Hampshire from #ukstorm stay clear & report asap to @UKPowerNetworks on 08007838838. Pls RT— @UKPowerNetworks 28 October 2013
The worst of the strong winds are now behind us and the Highways Agency is working to return the roads to normal and clear debris.— @HantsPolice 28 October 2013
The tree which had blocked The Avenue in Southampton has now been cleared.
A tree has come down in St. James' park in Shirley. Echo photographer Matt Watson has sent these images over:
This is Upper Toothill Road in Rownhams, which is completely blocked. Phot by Martin Prince.
Rubbish thing to wake up to http://t.co/9LB9kuIzz0— @jaspertandy 28 October 2013
This was in Warren Avenue in Southampton.
@dailyecho Passfield Ave Eastleigh. By petrol station http://t.co/femFiOd0T4”— @JennyMakin1 28 October 2013
Lower Brownhill Road in Southampton, there has been some flooding.
In Oakwood Drive reporter Rory McKeown says the oak tree has fallen direcgtly into the front of the house, damaging the roof and blocking the path at the front.
There is a slight bit of damage to a neighbouring property, too.
Neighbour Cindy Foad, said: It's a suprise to see it. It could happen to anybody. "The trees have always been our worry, and I imagine the occupants are devastated."
This is the scene in Oakwood Drive, Lordshill, where a tree has crashed into a house.
Laurence Poultney, 47, chartered surveyor with kids James, 8, and Issy, 11, at home in Cheriton Road where tree photographed at 9.33am narrowly missed his house.
The tree has blocked access to Westgate School, which is luckily closed for half term.
As reported earlier, The Avenue in Southampton is still closed after a tree fell across it.
There are also reports of other trees in the Common having come down.
Reporter Joe Curtis has filed this image of a tree which has crashed down on Cheriton Road in Winchester.
More from Bill Browne in Hedge End. This time a photo of the bus that lost control and skidded off the road in Tollbar Way.
It's not THAT bad? #storm #southampton @dailyecho @PEER1 http://t.co/cVvEJuTUlu— @jackwhiteuk 28 October 2013
A huge tree has crashed on to a house in Southampton.
It happened in the Lordshill area of the city.
Reader Chris Addoo has tweeted this image to us, showing someone having a dip in the sea at Lee-on-the-Solent.
@dailyecho Bournemouth Road between Chilworth and Chandlers Ford http://t.co/qcebtqqPSz— @stjohnswell 28 October 2013
This is the scene on Tollbar Way in Hedge End this morning. A tree lying across the road and a bus skidded on leaves.
Photo from Bill Browne.
Bakers Drove in Rownhams has been blocked after a large branch crashed onto the road below.
RT @mattletiss7: What storm? Do have a power cut tho! http://t.co/kNCLL664ux— @theleong6 28 October 2013
South West Trains have now revealed there will be no trains running until at least 11am this morning.
The company say they have now cleared 21 of 33 trees on lines.
Part of the roof in Behman Road in Townhill Park was first blown off during the storm on Tuesday night.
Resident Karen Swain said: "I'm surprised it has happened again.
"It doesn't bear thinking about if it had hit someone.
"It just goes to show the power of nature."
The winds have blown down this wall in Chandler's Ford.
And Echo reporter Michael Carr has sent in this picture of the same tree - from a different angle.
Harvey Dobson has sent in this picture of the tree blocking the Avenue in Southampton.
Southamptn Airport has revealed that the flight to Amsterdam dur to take of at 6.50 this morning has now been cancelled.
Julia May, who lives on the top floor in the block of the flats in Benham Road described how the roof blew off their flats, said: "The kids were screaming from the back bedroom.
"I rang 101 but there was no answer. It shows how busy it was.
"I knew it was going to come down again the way that wind was going."
Council workers are at the scene clearing the debris.
South West Trains now say there are 29 fallen trees on tracks across the network.
Ashley Forbes, 24, pictured, with his car that was damaged by the roof falling from the flats in Benham Road.
He said: "it's very lucky no one was hurt."
One car has been damaged in the Regents Park Road tree fall.
Resident Tim Ellery, 28, said: "I heard a loud crash in the middle of the night.
"The important thing is no one was hurt."
A tree is blocking the road in Regents Park Road, in Southampton.
Here's the picture:
South West Trains will now not start running until 10am - that is two hours later than first thought last night.
The company said that 26 trees are blocking the lines.
Bakers Drove in Rownhams is blocked by a large fallen tree while Romsey Road through Rownhams is passable with care as a tree is partially blocking the road.
The worst of the strom may now have passed.
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RT @scchighways: A335 Thomas Lewis Way; Standing water in both directions near to Bevois Valley Road.— @PortswoodPolice 28 October 2013
How have you been affected by the storm last night? Many fence panels or roof tiles lost? Hopefully the worst of the storm has come & gone!— @PortswoodPolice 28 October 2013
Mountbatten Way and the A33 out of Southampton are now back open and traffic flowing freely.
was the storm even that bad at home? in Southampton we had a bit of rain last night and it's a lovely day today?— @aisybutler 28 October 2013
The accident on the A36 has now been cleared.
So this is what its like 5 minutes away from me. NOT MY PIC #southampton #riversidepark #storm #flooded. http://t.co/a2QUwOiFue— @CatLovesCheryl 28 October 2013
Here's the video from Benham Road.
Here's another picture of the damage in Benham Road.
Our reporter has sent a video which we will upload shortly.
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She said: "Trees in West Drive, Bishoptoke due to be culled years ago still not happened.
"And I wake up to this damage!
"£170 to fix plus taxi fare to & from work as no trains.
"Trees are unsafe this branch could have landed on someone's head."
Reader Krystina Snow woke up to find her car damaged this morning.
The Avenue in Southamptn is blocked outbound due to a fallen tree.
A tree has blown over in Carlton Crescent in Southampton.
Echo reporter Rory Mckeown at Benham Road said:
THIS is the devastating scene at a block of flats after its roof was blown off.
Debris is strewn over the green outside the block in Benhams Road, Bitterne.
Vehicles have been damaged as the roof fell onto the car park area.
Mangled scaffolding is also on the ground below.
The block was also hit by the storm last Tuesday night.
The roof has come off at Benham Road in Townhill Park.
The roof has come off a block of flats in Southampton.
Red Funnel ferry and Red Jet service due to resume at 7.45am this morning.
A3090 at Ampfield blocked both ways due to fallen tree between Pound Lane and Jermyns Lane.
Red Funnel start to run car ferry services.
The 7.15am service from Southampton to Cowes running.
South West Trains will now not be run trains until 9am this morning.
RT @Hants_fire: No major structural damage yet reported in Hampshire, though one of our crews currently assisting with fallen cable in Swan…— @EastHantsDC 28 October 2013
A spokesman at Heathrow Airport said around 130 flights had been cancelled as a result of the weather.
Original projections stated only half that number would be affected, but this accounted for arrivals and not departures, the spokesman said.
@HantsPolice A3090 tree fallen on the straight mile.— @SimonPick84 28 October 2013
The energy firm SSE have reported that it has 15,500 customers in the south without power.
RT @Hants_fire: Advice from @HantsPolice only to travel if journey absolutely necessary this morning. Pls use 101 to report fallen trees ra…— @PeterGyor 28 October 2013
The junction of Templars Way and Lulworth Close in Chandler's Ford has been blocked by a fallen tree.
RT @BitternePolice: BASSETT ROAD AREA - danger of trees falling, very dangerous. Looking to resolve matter #SaferRoads— @robertthomas493 28 October 2013
The A32 and the A272 at West Meon Hut is also closed.
Among those closed at the moment at the moment are the A3057 at Romsey and the A338 at Ringwood.
Also shut is the A334 a Wickham
A number of roads are now shut across Hamsphrie due to falen trees.
RT @BitternePolice: PCS Gem & Aaron have attended a block of flats with the roof blown off! Be careful of falling objects if out & about ht…— @wave105radio 28 October 2013
@EamonnHolmes how is the storm near your home ? It is scary here in Southampton I though my windows were going to come in— @tubb32 28 October 2013
PHOTO: Storm image, location Southampton, UK (Christiane Huseklepp) - http://t.co/XBTtSr6rZn http://t.co/XEnVDqZ15O— @MatthewKeysLive 28 October 2013
About 60 flights are cancelled at London's Heathrow Airport today, while ferry journeys have also been disrupted, with P&O Condor, DFDS Seaways and Hovertravel all reporting cancellations.
A tree has fallen and blocked Test Lane outside the Daily Echo office.
Hampshire Poilce have just revealed that the A35 at Holmsley is now passable.
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A number of lorries have got stuck behind the fallen tree at Meerut Road and now cannot turn round.
The A337 between Lyndhurst and Lymington has been shut due to a fallen tree.
Disruption continues across the New Forest this morning.
Disruption continues across the New Forest this morning.
The crash happened between A27 Brickworth Road (Newton) and A3090 / A3090 (West Wellow Services Roundabout, Ower).
The A36 both ways closed due to accident.
The press release adds: "Drivers should slow their speed as the faster the vehicle is travelling the more likely it is to drift off course in a sudden gust.
"Drivers of high-sided vehicles, motor homes or cars towing caravans should be especially vigilant.
"Motorists should maintain a safe distance from other vehicles and take particular care around motorcyclists, cyclists - and in more rural areas, horse-riders.
"If your vehicle breaks down on the motorway, be mindful that larger vehicles travelling along the inside lane could be blown onto the hard shoulder. Drivers and passengers should stand in a safe location away from the vehicle rather than wait in their car for recovery.
"High winds may leave trees and branches across some roads so drivers should exercise caution, especially in rural areas. Hitting large debris at speed could cause fatalities so drivers should take care when approaching bends as they do not know what could be beyond the corner.
"If you have to drive in high winds, plan your journey carefully, allow extra time for travel and check weather and traffic bulletins regularly."
A police statement issued at 5.43am says:
"With high winds reported across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight drivers are reminded to exercise caution when out on the roads.
"High winds can cause you to be blown off course, other cars to be blown into your path or blow debris into the road such as trees or branches.
"When driving in high winds keep both hands firmly on the wheel.
"Drivers should also anticipate buffeting by the wind and the slip stream from passing vehicles, especially high-sided vehicles such as vans or lorries."
Hampshire Police has issued a warnign to drivers this morning.
Wightlink are also not running any ferries from Lymington to Yarmouth.
Red Funnel is not running any ferries or Red jets between Southampton and Cowes this morning.
Ferry travel has also been hit by the winds this morning.
A fallen tree has forced the closure of the A35 at Holmsley between Christchurch and Lyndhurst.
Also drivers coming across the New Forest are also going to be affected.
The main A33 Mountbatten Way in and out of the city has been shut due to flooding.
Drivers coming in and out of Southampton will face major disruption this morning.
7,000 homes in the South West without power were among 15,500 customers of utility company SSE left without power, Downing Street said.
Homes were also left without power on the south coast, in Poole, New Forest, Yeovil, Aldershot, Petersfield and Basingstoke, while in West Sussex a further 200 homes are without power.
An amended timetable is in place for train services and travellers are told to consult it before leaving.
South West Trains say there are not trains running until at least 8am abd they urge commuters not to travel.
Power lines are also out in many areas including Romsey and Bishop's Waltham.
Scores or roads are blocked by fallen trees across the region.
Winds of 99 mile and hour are recroded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight at 5am this morning.
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