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Storms smash into Hampshire
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- Heavy rain hit the county this afternoon
- 96mph winds recorded off The Needles
- Girl rescued after tree crashes on car
- Military drafted in to help in flood hit areas
- Floodwater 'could last for months' warns expert
We'll be closing down the live blog shortly, as the worst of the weather has long passed by Hampshire, but more flooding is expected, so do be aware and prepared.
More photos from Donna Green of the tree that came down in Sholing today.
Increasing water levels across Hampshire. Be careful, take simple precautions especially when walking or driving through water #floodaware— @AndyBowersHFRS 12 February 2014
Hampshire and IOW crews working together in Winchester, HVP's in operation and working hard #nationalresilience— @AndyBowersHFRS 12 February 2014
Ian Foulkes sent in this image of flooding at Romsey World of Water.
During the height of the storm, the Red Jet service from Southampton was suspended. This video shows the conditions which meant the service couldn't sail.
This video shows the scene in Greatbridge Road, Romsey, earlier this evening.
Donna Green sent us this photo of a tree belonding to her uncle, which fell into his neighbour's garden in Sholing today, smashing into their conservatory.
There are a number of flights to and from Southampton Airport being cancelled this evening.
Flood Warning for Mansbridge and Woodmill on the River Itchen. High winds and heavy rain are forecast. DRIVE SAFELY & TAKE CARE— @scchighways 12 February 2014
The Hampshire Fire & Rescue high volume pump has been deployed to Winchester to help with the situation on the River Itchen. Crews also continue to assist with the sandbag effort along Water Lane.
The tree that came down on Freemantle Common Road his afternoon actually trapped a two-year-old girl inside the car.
Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service managed to free the girl, who was uninjured in the incident.
Photograph by Echo reader Kit Ship.
The Military help Winchester residents in their battle against the elements.
Please expect delays on Velvet A as flooding in Stoneham Lane has brought major traffic delays to the south side of Eastleigh— @velvetbus 12 February 2014
Stoneham Way; Very Heavy traffic outbound approaching Jct on the M27— @scchighways 12 February 2014
Hampshire police are urging motorists to take plenty of time for their journeys this evening and lots of care when driving home with road conditions becoming treacherous in the high winds and rain.
Several trees have blown over causing significant road disruption this afternoon, most notably a 30ft tree onto the A27 Western Road in Porstmouth, which will remain closed for about the next five hours while13 more trees - precariously leaning into the carriageway - are removed by tree surgeons.
Officers from the constabulary's Roads Police Unit will be on patrol thoughout this evening, to assist in keeping the roads moving and drivers safe.
Superintendent Chris Brown, head of the RPU for Hampshire and the Thames Valley, said:
"There are some really difficult driving conditions this evening and I would ask all drivers to take extra care as they drive home from work, and keep other journeys to an absolute necessary minimum. These conditions are going to continue for the next few days.
"When you are driving please heed the following advice:
- Take extra time for your journey
- Slow down - braking distances are longer in wet weather and road surfaces are more treacherous.
- Leave more room between you and the vehicle in front of you
- Use dipped headlights at all times in these conditions
- Watch out for spray and standing water
- Don't ignore road closures - the flooding on many of our roads is now very deep and it easy to become stranded.
"Unfortunately, we have are having to issue this advice fairly regularly at the moment but it’s a message that bears repeating as these extreme weather conditions continue. Please keep safe on our roads."
Police in Netley coordinate efforts during the extreme weather.
@dailyecho http://t.co/cdpvfgT4yI weather conditions at Milford earlier— @SCJournalism 12 February 2014
Oxford road through Sutton Scotney is closed due to flooding. #HantsFloods— @WinchesterCity 12 February 2014
#Hamble NEW - flooding on the line at Hamble, all lines running through this station are currently blocked http://t.co/sevYcUfzh3— @SW_Trains 12 February 2014
Trains between #Basingstoke and #Southampton may be delayed by up to 45 minutes - some services being diverted via #Salisbury— @SW_Trains 12 February 2014
The tree that came down on Freemantle Common Road, as photographed by Echo reader Kit Ship.
Two children and a driver trapped in a car on Freemantle Common Road after being hit by a falling tree have been rescued and are reported to be ok.
You may have seen this helicopter landing at Freeemantle Common... All persons trapped in car now ok :) http://t.co/By7hKLb5dv— @BitternePolice 12 February 2014
Budds Lane Industrial Estate, in Romsey, has been shut and all businesses have been evacuated.
All city routes still moving freely with no apparent problems to report at present.— @scchighways 12 February 2014
Garnier Road, Winchester flooded but passable. Please drive carefully. #HantsFloods— @CityCopsWinch 12 February 2014
A new tax helpline has been launched today for anyone affected by the flooding.
The helpline will enable anyone affected to get fast, practical help and advice on a wide range of tax problems they may be facing.
The helpline is 0800 904 7900.
Wind speeds are hitting 96mph around The Needles currently.
Drivers urged to take care as a tree is blocking the road at the jucntion of Branches Lane and the A27 Sherfield English. Hampshire County Council has been advised.
Romsey police have confirmed that there are currently no plans to evacuate those living in the Saddlers Walk and Causeway area of the town, which are flooded.
Pitt roundabout near Oliver's Battery is flooded but is currently passable. Motorists warned to drive through carefully.
Flood Warning for Mansbridge and Woodmill on the River Itchen. High winds and heavy rain are forecast. DRIVE SAFELY & TAKE CARE— @scchighways 12 February 2014
Wind speeds have now reached up to 105mph in Wales.
Park Avenue in Winchester has been closed due to flooding.
Peartree Avenue, at the junction with Spring Road is now closed due to a fallen tree. Highways teams are on their way and motorists are urged to drive carefully.
Motorists are warned to expect delays in Freemantle Common Road and Spring Road after a tree fell on a car.
Due to the severe weather warnings, MLT Natural Coaching has been cancelled this evening.— @mattletiss7 12 February 2014
Stay safe with #adverseweather. Read the 'Q&A' on #flooding on the Public Health England website: http://t.co/XUagHR7Hyl— @Hants_fire 12 February 2014
Fallen tree currently blocking Botliegh Road #Curdridge ... Fortunately no injuries ... Highways on route http://t.co/2SIKc51pks— @BWalthamPolice 12 February 2014
Council bosses in Hampshire have appealed today for the Government to stump up “significant” additional national investment in flood relief schemes.
Councillor Sean Woodward, Hampshire County Council’s executive member for economy, transport and environment, added: “We also want assistance towards the cost of repairing infrastructure.
“The £2 million required for road repairs this winter alone is a huge amount of money when you consider that by the end of this Parliament, we have lost over half our Government funding.”
Chief Constable Andy Marsh has thanked the communities of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for working together to look after the vulnerable and elderly during this exceptional circumstances.
He added: “Safer Neighbourhoods Teams will continue to work with the communities and other public service agencies to provide reassurance and offer any assistance whatsoever. We are all in this together, and by working together we will get through it.”
Satellite image of the #ukstorm taken at 2pm today. Warnings information at http://t.co/PQe7z2ueZK http://t.co/IK8diXCNfm— @metoffice 12 February 2014
Across Hampshire more than 90 communities are currently affected by serious flooding.
More than 60 properties are flooded and around 30 roads have had to be closed for safety reasons, with another 100 that are “passable with care”.
Winds in Southampton have reached up to 51mph today.
Meanwhile, off the south coast of Ireland, speeds of 110mph have been recorded.
@wave105radio Chestnut Avenue closed due to car blown away on it's side. http://t.co/I5ZUNTPUUt— @bartekewarudnik 12 February 2014
Canute Road/Platform Road roadworks. please beware of traffic signs in carriageway. weather causing problems, approach with care— @scchighways 12 February 2014
If you have been hit by flooding and need help then the Flood Volunteers are here to help. To find those willing to offering their time and support in your area or to wsign up to become a volunteer visit floodvolunteers.co.uk.
Police prepare for the storms ahead at the control room in Netley.
As we posted earlier, this is the rainfall that was expected to fall at 2pm this afternoon, according to the Met Office.
Efford and Eastleigh Household Waste Recycling Centre's are currently closed due to high winds.— @hantsconnect 12 February 2014
#NewForest ponies sheltering from the rain http://t.co/Win2JHH4gO— @newforestdc 12 February 2014
Well that was a thoroughly unpleasant patrol!!!! Stay safe out there and keep up to date with weather warnings @HantsPolice #HantsFloods— @HantspolMarine 12 February 2014
In Winchester, Major Mario Pirozzolo, Royal Engineers, said in Water Lane today: “Sandbags are part of what every soldier will do in the British Army. The soldiers love it and are delighted to help in the community.”
South Central Ambulance Service are reminding those who are forced to evacuate their homes due to flooding not to forget their essential medicines and any vital health equipment.
Driving advice for floods and heavy rain from ROMANSE:
Dipped headlights must be used when visibility is seriously reduced, generally when you cannot see for more than 100 metres (328 feet). You may also use front or rear fog lights but you must switch them off when visibility improves.
Increase the distance between you and the vehicle in front. Stopping distances double in wet conditions.
If the steering becomes unresponsive, it probably means that water is preventing the tyres from gripping the road. Ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
Do not attempt to drive through deep floods and fords.
Adhere to all signed road closures. Ignoring or removing the barriers/signs could you put yourself and others at risk.
If you consider a flooded area is safe to navigate:
*Never attempt to drive through a flood if you are unsure of the depth and risk*
• Select first or second gear.
• Position the vehicle in the middle of the road where the water is usually at it's shallowest.
• Drive through the flood at a steady rate keeping the engine revs high. Dipping the clutch whilst revving will help keep the exhaust clear.
• After successfully clearing the flood, test your brakes as soon as it's safe to do so.
Strong winds and heavy rain throughout #Hampshire. For safe driving tips in adverse weather, please read http://t.co/y2RjflSFsp— @ROMANSE 12 February 2014
This graphic shows how much rainfall there has been across the UK in recent weeks, compared to the average over the last 33 years.
Steve Foye, area manager for Hampshire Fire and Rescue, is currently working from the Local Resilience Forum, a multi-agency control room that has been up and running at police headquarters in Netley since February 6.
He reassured flood-hit residents that firefighters would “go that extra mile for the public because these are extreme and unusual circumstances”.
Fordingbridge infant and Junior Schools will be closed until February 24.
Despite the tireless efforts of teachers and parents who battled against flood water to keep the schools open, they have taken advice from the council and the fire service and the decision has been made to not open again until after the half-term break.
Year 6 pupils from the junior school will however continue to be taught at The Burgate school for the remainder of the week.
Travel Alert – Unfortunately we have had to cancel our Red Jet service due to the weather - updates will follow when more details are known.— @RF_Travel_News 12 February 2014
Volunteers from Winchester City Council fill sand bags.
Grants of up to £5,000 will be available to businesses and homeowners hit by flooding to better protect their properties in future.
David Cameron gave details of the grants and a promise of business rate relief as he repeated his pledge that ''money is no object'' in the relief effort.
At Prime Minister's Questions he said: ''We will be introducing a grant for all affected homeowners and businesses to build in better flood protection as they repair their properties. That will be up to £5,000 per house and per business.
''On top of that we are announcing a £10 million fund for farmers who have seen their land waterlogged day after day, week after week.
''And I can also announce today that we will be deferring the tax payments that businesses have to pay and all of the businesses that have been affected by floods will get 100% business rate relief.'
This is the latest satellite image of the UK, taken at 12pm.
Chief Superintendent, Scott Chilton, who heads up the Joint Operations Unit, has warned that the extreme problems faced by Hampshire residents are not just going to stop when the rain does.
He said that this was “an enduring challenge for all the services and the public”.
THERE is a huge problem building, warns the leader of Winchester City Council this afternoon.
Councillor Keith Wood is warning residents that with a “great deal of water” still yet to come off the fields and more heavy rain, the situation in the city will be “exacerbated”.
He said that council officers have been working with the Environment Agency to find ways of managing the flow of water into Winchester town so that we can avoid the Itchen bursting its banks and flooding over 100 houses.
Meanwhile, an expert for the Environment Agency has warned that floodwaters could remain in place for months.
Saturday's #StationQuarter #FarmersMarket has been cancelled due to forecast strong wind/rain. Next one is 15 March http://t.co/XZ1ArXZo8l— @SouthamptonCC 12 February 2014
Carbon monoxide detectors are being handed out by firefighters to flood-hit communities in Hampshire.
It comes as many residents and businesses have been using fuel-driven pumps and generators to remove floodwater from their properties.
The danger of these being used indoors is that they omit exhaust gases that contain potentially deadly carbon monoxide (CO).
A dedicated team of 11 officers are currently visiting Winchester and Romsey to deliver the detectors and offer advice on how best to pump water from their property.
@HantsFireSafety @EnvAgencySE putting up barriers to try & save the houses from the wash caused by passing vehicles http://t.co/lKYXsVpKNn— @RomseyPolice 12 February 2014
This image from EU Met Sat shows the large storm that is currently hitting the Uk and Ireland.
Reader Lorna Chapman sent us these photos or her son and husband on a canoe in Lovedon Lane in Kings Worthy.
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has requested that Hampshire’s High Volume Pump (HVP), which was recently deployed to Somerset to help assist with the flooding there, is kept in Hampshire for the foreseeable future to help flood-hit residents here.
Here are just some of the stories we've published over the last 24 hours about the flooding blighting communities across Hampshire.
- Floods in pictures
- Floodwater could 'last for months'
- Hampshire braced for more flooding
- Navy joins fights against floods
- Six months of rain falls in just two months
- Schools shut as pupils are forced to have lessons in their wellies
- Hampshire deals with the floods once again
- Driver rescued from flooded ford
- Residents fear river is close to bursting
This is the rainfall predicted by the Met Office for 2pm this afternoon.
Communities across Hampshire are bracing themselves for more flooding today, with heavy rain forecast for this afternoon.