High winds bring down tree on to railway line as 500 homes without power in New Forest

Runners prepare in heavy rain for Romsey 5 mile race this morning.

Runners prepare in heavy rain for Romsey 5 mile race this morning.

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TORRENTIAL rain and high winds are gripping Hampshire today.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the area as huge front bears down on the region.

Up to 15 millimetres of rainfall, more than half an inch, and gales of up to 60mph are set to hit the county while the Environment Agency has issues two flood warnings and a number of less severe alerts.

The worst of the heavy rain has passed but more blustery showers are forecast for this afternoon and evening, followed by a looming cold snap.

More than 500 homes have been without power in the New Forest for nearly 24 hours after overhead cables came crashing down in strong winds.

They fell at 8pm, plunging homes in the Sway area into darkness, although residents experienced disruptions to supply from as early as 4.30pm.

Engineers are working to fix the problem and anticipate reconnecting supplies tonight.

A Scottish and Southern Energy spokeswoman apologised for the delays and said: “We already planned to have extra resources on but the winds were much higher than forecast and have caused more damage than expected.

“We thank our customers for their patience.”

Police closed a busy Southampton city centre street at 11am today after guttering came loose from a building.

Dorset Street was sealed off at the Charlotte Place roundabout for nearly an hour while fire crews removed the broken structure.

A section of the railway line between Winchester and Micheldever was closed from 5.15pm night after a suspected mini tornado uprooted several trees.

It delayed the 3.35pm South West Trains service from London Waterloo, while trains between Eastleigh and Basingstoke were cancelled before the line reopened at 9pm.

A South West Trains spokeswoman apologised for the delays and said: “We cleared all tracks as quickly as possible and services are operating as normal today."

The Environment Agency is warning that the stretch of the River Meon between Titchfield and Wickham could pose a risk to riverside properties.

And there is also a warning about the levels of the River Avon near Ringwood.

There are also flood alerts - meaning be aware - for Hambledon, the section of the River Itchen from Twyford to Winchester, Hursley, Kings Somborne, Cheriton, Bishops Sutton and the River Meon from Wickham to East Meon.

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11:24am Sun 26 Jan 14

Glen Wiffen says...

Pressing ahead with my plans. Pyjama day...dvd's with an open fire it is!
Pressing ahead with my plans. Pyjama day...dvd's with an open fire it is! Glen Wiffen
  • Score: 13

4:45pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Silktrophy says...

Left my mum & dozens of frail & confused residents at a Home in woodlands for nearly 24 hrs in darkness and without heat. Even now their Home is in darkness with residents understandably worried & distressed. Well done Scottish & Southern, another contribution to your profits & dividends secured! Disgusting.
Left my mum & dozens of frail & confused residents at a Home in woodlands for nearly 24 hrs in darkness and without heat. Even now their Home is in darkness with residents understandably worried & distressed. Well done Scottish & Southern, another contribution to your profits & dividends secured! Disgusting. Silktrophy
  • Score: -9

5:00pm Sun 26 Jan 14

News Fanatic says...

Silktrophy wrote:
Left my mum & dozens of frail & confused residents at a Home in woodlands for nearly 24 hrs in darkness and without heat. Even now their Home is in darkness with residents understandably worried & distressed. Well done Scottish & Southern, another contribution to your profits & dividends secured! Disgusting.
Unfortunately power cuts happen. My elderly parents were without electricity for four days after the Great Storm of 1987.

Surely the home where your mum is should have some form of alternative heating for their residents.

Scottish and Southern only makes money and profits when they are selling electricity, therefore it is in their best interests to get everyone reconnected. Without knowledge of the problem, it is difficult to condemn S&S.
[quote][p][bold]Silktrophy[/bold] wrote: Left my mum & dozens of frail & confused residents at a Home in woodlands for nearly 24 hrs in darkness and without heat. Even now their Home is in darkness with residents understandably worried & distressed. Well done Scottish & Southern, another contribution to your profits & dividends secured! Disgusting.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately power cuts happen. My elderly parents were without electricity for four days after the Great Storm of 1987. Surely the home where your mum is should have some form of alternative heating for their residents. Scottish and Southern only makes money and profits when they are selling electricity, therefore it is in their best interests to get everyone reconnected. Without knowledge of the problem, it is difficult to condemn S&S. News Fanatic
  • Score: 14

5:13pm Sun 26 Jan 14

solomum says...

Silktrophy wrote:
Left my mum & dozens of frail & confused residents at a Home in woodlands for nearly 24 hrs in darkness and without heat. Even now their Home is in darkness with residents understandably worried & distressed. Well done Scottish & Southern, another contribution to your profits & dividends secured! Disgusting.
You speak as if the energy company orchestrated the bad weather. There are staff working in this disgusting weather, leaving their families at home to worry about them whilst they work their socks off to get power back on for everyone. It is not a good situation that elderly residents are left in darkness, without heat. but surely the home should have some contingency plan in place for events like this. There are many who are homeless and will have to be outside in this weather, with no heating whatsoever. Also considering the natural disasters that happen in other parts of the world, 24 hours without heat or light source is not the worst that can happen.
[quote][p][bold]Silktrophy[/bold] wrote: Left my mum & dozens of frail & confused residents at a Home in woodlands for nearly 24 hrs in darkness and without heat. Even now their Home is in darkness with residents understandably worried & distressed. Well done Scottish & Southern, another contribution to your profits & dividends secured! Disgusting.[/p][/quote]You speak as if the energy company orchestrated the bad weather. There are staff working in this disgusting weather, leaving their families at home to worry about them whilst they work their socks off to get power back on for everyone. It is not a good situation that elderly residents are left in darkness, without heat. but surely the home should have some contingency plan in place for events like this. There are many who are homeless and will have to be outside in this weather, with no heating whatsoever. Also considering the natural disasters that happen in other parts of the world, 24 hours without heat or light source is not the worst that can happen. solomum
  • Score: 15

5:23pm Sun 26 Jan 14

solomum says...

Silktrophy wrote:
Left my mum & dozens of frail & confused residents at a Home in woodlands for nearly 24 hrs in darkness and without heat. Even now their Home is in darkness with residents understandably worried & distressed. Well done Scottish & Southern, another contribution to your profits & dividends secured! Disgusting.
You speak as if the energy company orchestrated the bad weather. There are staff working in this disgusting weather, leaving their families at home to worry about them whilst they work their socks off to get power back on for everyone. It is not a good situation that elderly residents are left in darkness, without heat. but surely the home should have some contingency plan in place for events like this. There are many who are homeless and will have to be outside in this weather, with no heating whatsoever. Also considering the natural disasters that happen in other parts of the world, 24 hours without heat or light source is not the worst that can happen.
[quote][p][bold]Silktrophy[/bold] wrote: Left my mum & dozens of frail & confused residents at a Home in woodlands for nearly 24 hrs in darkness and without heat. Even now their Home is in darkness with residents understandably worried & distressed. Well done Scottish & Southern, another contribution to your profits & dividends secured! Disgusting.[/p][/quote]You speak as if the energy company orchestrated the bad weather. There are staff working in this disgusting weather, leaving their families at home to worry about them whilst they work their socks off to get power back on for everyone. It is not a good situation that elderly residents are left in darkness, without heat. but surely the home should have some contingency plan in place for events like this. There are many who are homeless and will have to be outside in this weather, with no heating whatsoever. Also considering the natural disasters that happen in other parts of the world, 24 hours without heat or light source is not the worst that can happen. solomum
  • Score: 0

6:00pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

SSE, if you'd known that the wind speed was going to be higher than forecast, would you have been able to do something to prevent your cables from breaking?
SSE, if you'd known that the wind speed was going to be higher than forecast, would you have been able to do something to prevent your cables from breaking? Turtlebay
  • Score: -6

7:30pm Sun 26 Jan 14

fraggled says...

Proof reading should me mandatory!


“A section of the railway line between Winchester and Micheldever was closed from 5.15pm night after a suspected mini tornado uprooted several trees.”

Why is the word “night” in this sentence?

And….

“It delayed the 3.35pm South West Trains service from London Waterloo, while trains between Eastleigh and Basingstoke were cancelled before the line reopened at 9pm.”

So the train line reopened in the future?
Proof reading should me mandatory! “A section of the railway line between Winchester and Micheldever was closed from 5.15pm night after a suspected mini tornado uprooted several trees.” Why is the word “night” in this sentence? And…. “It delayed the 3.35pm South West Trains service from London Waterloo, while trains between Eastleigh and Basingstoke were cancelled before the line reopened at 9pm.” So the train line reopened in the future? fraggled
  • Score: -5

10:27pm Sun 26 Jan 14

localnews says...

fraggled wrote:
Proof reading should me mandatory!


“A section of the railway line between Winchester and Micheldever was closed from 5.15pm night after a suspected mini tornado uprooted several trees.”

Why is the word “night” in this sentence?

And….

“It delayed the 3.35pm South West Trains service from London Waterloo, while trains between Eastleigh and Basingstoke were cancelled before the line reopened at 9pm.”

So the train line reopened in the future?
Maybe it should BE mandatory that YOU proof read before posting about the Echo flaw's
[quote][p][bold]fraggled[/bold] wrote: Proof reading should me mandatory! “A section of the railway line between Winchester and Micheldever was closed from 5.15pm night after a suspected mini tornado uprooted several trees.” Why is the word “night” in this sentence? And…. “It delayed the 3.35pm South West Trains service from London Waterloo, while trains between Eastleigh and Basingstoke were cancelled before the line reopened at 9pm.” So the train line reopened in the future?[/p][/quote]Maybe it should BE mandatory that YOU proof read before posting about the Echo flaw's localnews
  • Score: 2

11:39pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Donald2000 says...

fraggled wrote:
Proof reading should me mandatory!


“A section of the railway line between Winchester and Micheldever was closed from 5.15pm night after a suspected mini tornado uprooted several trees.”

Why is the word “night” in this sentence?

And….

“It delayed the 3.35pm South West Trains service from London Waterloo, while trains between Eastleigh and Basingstoke were cancelled before the line reopened at 9pm.”

So the train line reopened in the future?
None of this is true; I was at Waterloo at 21.00 approx and they were still cancelling trains to this area and the other leg of the line down to Portsmouth. In fact I have no evidence of a resumption of service before end of service. I myself had to get a coach back here from Victoria Coach station which did not arrive before 02.00 on Sunday morning.

Another masterpiece of reporting from the Evening Echo
[quote][p][bold]fraggled[/bold] wrote: Proof reading should me mandatory! “A section of the railway line between Winchester and Micheldever was closed from 5.15pm night after a suspected mini tornado uprooted several trees.” Why is the word “night” in this sentence? And…. “It delayed the 3.35pm South West Trains service from London Waterloo, while trains between Eastleigh and Basingstoke were cancelled before the line reopened at 9pm.” So the train line reopened in the future?[/p][/quote]None of this is true; I was at Waterloo at 21.00 approx and they were still cancelling trains to this area and the other leg of the line down to Portsmouth. In fact I have no evidence of a resumption of service before end of service. I myself had to get a coach back here from Victoria Coach station which did not arrive before 02.00 on Sunday morning. Another masterpiece of reporting from the Evening Echo Donald2000
  • Score: 0

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