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Yellow weather alert issued for Hampshire by Met Office
Updated 10:23am Tuesday 7th January 2014 in News
GET your brollies and your wellies – the storms are not over yet.
Hampshire is set to be battered by more heavy rain and high winds over the next two days with 30mm of rainfall expected across the county, adding to the 20mm that has fallen in the past 24 hours.
The Met Office last night issued a yellow warning for rain, and the downpours are expected to continue until around noon today.
As the ground is so saturated more trees were expected to fall overnight in winds gusting up to 50mph inland and 60mph on the coast.
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Rain and hail battered the county yesterday while high tides caused more widespread flooding.
The A338 at Fordingbridge is still closed this morning due to flooding between Downtown and Salisbury.
Hampshire County Council says it is ready for the worst and has increased the number of highways emergency crews available with tankers and jetters on standby to deal with waterlogged roads and gullies.
Cllr Seán Woodward, executive member for the environment, said: “Highways teams and our contractors have been working round the clock to help residents during the difficult weather conditions. Their work is invaluable and I offer my thanks to them.
“It is anticipated that our maintenance teams will be very stretched and it will be necessary to prioritise locations.
“I would ask people to bear with us while we do all we can to clear roads and incidents of flooding and fallen trees as quickly as we can.
“I would also ask residents to keep their gullies and drains cleared of fallen leaves and debris in an effort to reduce surface water flooding and the risk of flooding.”
Cllr Woodward also urged people to be cautious on the roads.
The Met Office said there is some light at the end of the tunnel at the end of the week, when we will see that bright ball in the sky we have missed so much.
A spokesman said: “There will still be some showers around and some periods of prolonged rain but by Thursday it should start to clear up with some sunny spells. It looks like more usual wintery weather than the severe storms we have been dealing with.
“We do stress, though, that this is not the end and we are still looking at a more changeable picture but it may not be as bad as it has been.”
Anyone with concerns about the weather, particularly elderly and vulnerable people, can call the county council on 0845 603 5630 or 0845 600 4555 out of hours.
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