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- Flood warnings in force for Southampton and Hampshire
- Exceptionally high tide came between 11.15am and 12.15pm in Hampshire
- Wet few weeks mean the tide exacerbated problems
- Flood waters now causing problems for drivers with many roads under water
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This photos from Mike Vimpany show flooding in Wallington earlier today.
Meanwhile, here is the latest weather forecast:
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Reader Kellie Hiscock sent us this photo of flooding earlier today in Northam.
High Speed is now operating a 1 boat shuttle service due to weather conditions in the Solent #redfunnel— @RF_Travel_News 03 January 2014
High Speed is now operating a 1 boat shuttle service due to weather conditions in the Solent, departing XX:05 From SO and XX:35 from WC— @RF_Travel_News 03 January 2014
The Lymington ferry is facing delays this afternoon as a result of the earlier weather.
In a statement, WightLink said: "Services to and from Lymington were temporarily suspended this afternoon due to a combination of strong winds and unusually high tides.
"The service has now resumed and we are running with only a slight delay expecting the service to return to normal as conditions improve.
"We recommend that customers arrive as usual for their booked sailing arriving 30 minutes before departure.
"All other services are running to their advertised timetable.
"Wightlink would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. Passengers concerned about their sailing(s) should call Wightlink reservations on 0871 376 1000."
Victoria Road, in Netley Abbey is reported to be flooded.
Janet Dean, 73, of Netley Abbey, said the water is around 2ft deep and goes right across the road close to the entrance of the Royal Victoria Country Park.
She said that waves were crashing against the new sea defences and running along the 30ft walkway and hitting the glass of houses on the seafront.
It is the force of this seawater that is causing the flooding, she said.
Shore Lane in Warsash, as photographed by Echo reader Spencer Nicholson.
If you’ve been affected by flooding, you can call our Floodline 24/7 for advice on 0845 988 1188 #floodaware #UKStorm— @EnvAgency 03 January 2014
Flooding at McDonald's in Hedge End. Photo by Alicia Galvin.
A fallen tree in Fareham, near the viaduct.
A runner braves the weather at Weston.
Evans Street temporarily closed Northbound between Threefield Ln and Houndwell Pl while wind damaged site hoarding is made safe.— @scchighways 03 January 2014
A rainbow over Naomi House and Jacksplace. Photo by Keith Wilson.
Lepe Country Park will remain closed today due to large waves and a flooded car park.
Reporter Chris Yandell says flood waters are receding in Lymington, with fears of damage to homes and businesses proving unfounded.
But he says Environment Agency staff will remain at the scene, and are likely to return later this evening amid fears of fresh flooding.
The River Wallington has burst its banks.
Environment Agency are on the scene and are helping an elderly resident out of their home.
Wallington Shore Road in Wallington village has been closed to traffic between the Roundabout Hotel (base of J11 slip road off M27) to the Cob & Pen PH in centre of village. Around a quarter-mile stretch is shut because of flooding.
Weston Shore at high tide. Water levels should start to drop now. http://t.co/K1eEiyObCo— @scchighways 03 January 2014
Picture from City Depot as the weather in #Southampton changes from rain to sun and back again. http://t.co/wOtYEFDtKY— @scchighways 03 January 2014
Things are looking up - this rainbow was snapped by reporter Rory McKeown over Weston.
Strong gusts are now blowing in across the county, coming from a southerly direction.
Storm clouds move back towards Weston Shore.
Flood waters receeding in Lymington.
Another picture of Riverside Park, this time with the Mans Bridge in the background.
These pictures show how the River Itchen has burst its banks at the Mansbridge end of Riverside Park, near the old Mans bridge itself.
It looks like the water could be starting to recede at Weston Shore.
Police helicopter has been hovering over the river hamble for about 45 minutes now! #ukfloods @dailyecho— @ChrisTheZulu 03 January 2014
@theJeremyVine Hi Jeremy, this just happened in Hedge End, Southampton, nobody hurt! http://t.co/jJfrbyAXG3— @Andymcable 03 January 2014
Lee Cooper has sent us this photo from Lepe Beach.
This is the High Street in Hamble.
Poor driving conditions throughout #Hampshire. Please drive with dipped headlights on and increase braking distance. High risk of flooding.— @ROMANSE 03 January 2014
This is the rather bleak scene from Town Quay in Southampton, looking out towards the Royal Pier.
#GOSPORT - Stokes Bay Road closed in both directions between Browndown Rd & Jellicoe Ave due to high waves crashing over the road.— @ROMANSE 03 January 2014
Cross House Road & Car Park closed due to flooding— @scchighways 03 January 2014
Albert Rd North jct Anglsea Terrace road flooded.Passable with care— @scchighways 03 January 2014
Tugs currently pumping out Southampton water trying to get level down We can't see it working but good effort http://t.co/HwzJsTykuZ— @HantspolMarine 03 January 2014
The heavy rain and strong wind has now passed over the Redbridge area in the west of Southampton, as it moves eastward.
Priory Road resident Nigel Cook said he hadn't seen storm surge creating tidal waves on the quayside for several years.
This photo shows how rough the River Itchen is between Bitterne Park and St Denys.
The flood gates in Lymington.
In Hamble the water has breached the quay walls off Rope Walk with the road closed and police standing on guard.
Residents watching the water rising said they had not seen the levels so high in years.
That was before they were all forced to sprint for shelter as a ferocious downpour of skin-lashing hail and torrential rain soaked them to the bone at around noon.
Water is licking up around the waterfront-based Royal Southern Yacht Club and a house near the quay.
A car park is completely closed off while benches that normally sit well above the high tide mark are partly submerged in water.
High tide today was scheduled for 11.53am.
Many took time out of their mornings to look at the rising water.
A police officer and a police community safety officer were at the scene in an advisory capacity and they erected road closure signs as the tide swept in.
River Itchen burst banks. Riverside park under water #southampton #stdenys #flood http://t.co/en7mHdbpAY— @nath_brown 03 January 2014
This is the situation in Lymington, as people try to avoid the water - but still want to get a look.
The River Itchen has burst its banks into Priory Road resident Anne Shorey's back garden.
The tide has started to recede at Lymington and experts say the danger has passed for the time being.
But a tidal surge is expected after lunch and everyone is remaining on their guard.
Lymington is being battered by wind and rain, raising fears of flooding later on.
Due to flooding Beaulieu River (B3054) is currently impassable. @hantshighways are in attendance.— @hantsconnect 03 January 2014
Weather warnings for the next 3 days in the South. Check here to see if your area will be affected by wind & rain http://t.co/LuZd5S2srK— @AlexisGreenTV 03 January 2014
The scene in Eling, as photographed by Martin Prince.
11:59am Fri 3 Jan 14
Just hope it will not get pass the rail tracks if it do then the lower part of Redbridge will be flooded
Wind and rain is now hitting the county, with hail coming down in some places.
This is adding to the problem of the high tide, whioch hit most places in the last 15 minutes.
We've just taken a phone call from journalist Ryan Sutton who is down at Weston Shore. He says the water that has breached Weston Parade is as much as a foot deep in places.
He adds that although the road has been closed, there are no signs to say so, meaning drivers are still trying to negotiate the road.
Weston Parade has now been closed due to the flooding of Weston Shore.
This is the scene at the rear of Priory Road, showing the water from the Itchen creeping up on to the rear of the homes in the St Denys street.
If you need advice on how best to prevent or deal with flooding, you can find it here:
Anyone travelling to or from Southampton Airport today has been advised to leave extra time for their journey.
Due to heavy rain and high winds please allow extra time when travelling to the airport today.— @SOU_Airport 03 January 2014
As expected Hamble Quay is flooded and closed to all traffic. Please park in village square. http://t.co/uLou94uKvs— @HedgeEndPolice 03 January 2014
Weston Shore has now been swamped, as Southampton Water breaches the beach and floods Weston Parade.
@dailyecho Rd along Weston Shore now engulfed by Soton Water http://t.co/D4cJ4yxP2I— @RyanJWSutton 03 January 2014
River water is flowing under the floodgates outside the Ship Inn at Lymington Town Quay.
Sandbags lining the bottom of the gates have failed to halt the surge and staff from the Environment Agency are using a pump to try to keep the water at bay.
Water has also breached the floodgates at the top of a slipway opposite the Boat House Cafe but no buildings have been affected.
A police helicopter is monitoring the scene from above.
@dailyecho Car park at Weston Shore closed as flooded in under 10 mins sea now across road http://t.co/cnmKLFAzLr— @RyanJWSutton 03 January 2014
The water is beginning to reach the remains of Royal Pier in Southampton. Waves are beginning to lap over the top of the pier.
At Lepe Country Park in the New Forest, the park's cafe will remain closed today due to the risk of flooding.
The High Street in Hamble is expected to flood shortly due to a high tide. Therefore the road has been closed. Use car park in square.— @HedgeEndPolice 03 January 2014
If you come across any flooding or any other problems related to the weather today, be sure to send us a photo or video.
Sandbags at the HCC Totton highways depot are for strategic use on the highway. Residents can get sandbags (cont) http://t.co/cYYwDBmOWW— @hantsconnect 03 January 2014
Really high tides at lunchtime today - please be careful near the coast and report any flooding to @HantspolMarine straight away on #101— @HantspolMarine 03 January 2014
This is the scene at the Ship Inn in Lymington right now.
A little road flooding in Mansbridge outside The White Swan pub. http://t.co/E7L2Gfg2bT— @RyanJWSutton 03 January 2014
Meanwhile, the EA has issued an alert for the coast around Southampton Water including Calshot and Lepe.
Flood alerts are one step below flood warnings.
Reporter Chris Yandell is in Lymington. He said: "The Lymington River is only inches from the top of the Town Quay wall and all the flood gates have been closed to protect the Ship Inn and other businesses lining the quay.
"Staff from the environment agency are at the scene together with coast guards and staff from New Forest District Council."
Here's the latest flood map for Southampton from http://t.co/O5vl2aWOK4 - be prepared if your area is marked http://t.co/cjKgMKQQ1u— @CllrPope 02 January 2014
Meanwhile, there is also a warning in place for the River Blackwater, between Landford and Wade Bridge. The warnings for the river are not tide related.
In the New Forest, high is expected at 11.30am at Lymington and Keyhaven, at Town Slip and Ship Inn. Staff have closed flood gates but properties are being told to expect flooding.
In Beaulieu high tide will be 11.50am, with warnings for Palace Lane and the B3056.
Hamble Estuary will also see its highest tide at 11.50am, with warnings for boat yards at Bursledon and Rope Walk, Hamble; Rising Sun, Warsash.
11.50am is also the keytime for residents of Calshot, Hythe, Marchwood, Eling and Redbridge, Downs Park Crescent, Eling; Calshot Activity Centre; Magazine Lane, Marchwood.
Residents in part of the Itchen Estuary in Southampton have been warned to expect the river to be at its highest at 11.50am.
The Environment Agency has warned residents in - in Priory Road in St Denys, Woodmill at the edge of Bitterne Park and Swaythling and the White Swan at Mansbridge.
Of course, the weather and any subsequent flooding will of course have an impact of the roads and pub transport networks.
You can get live traffic and travel information on our live service, which will keep you updated throughout the day.
This is the current weather forecast for the Southampton area.
Although there is currently no rain falling, rain overnight and over the last few weeks mean the ground is saturated.
With high tide due between 11.15am and 12.15am today, there is a high risk of flooding in a number of areas.
The maps are from the Environment Agency who have issued a number of warnings for the county.
The purple areas show the parts of central Southampton most at risk from flooding.
Hampshire and Southampton have today been put on a major flood alert.
The city council has warned residents of the risks, and the Environment Agency has updated its flood warning map to show which areas have the highest chance of flooding.