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Met Office issue amber rain alert for Hampshire
WHEN will it end?
Hampshire is in for more weather misery today after the Met Office issued another Amber Alert for rain.
Winds of up to 80mph are expected to batter the South coast until tomorrow morning.
Residents are warned of possible road closures and disrupted train services as trees are likely to be uprooted while buildings could also suffer damage.
Large waves are also likely along the south coast which could lead to flooding where it coincides with high tides.
The news will come as a blow to the communities already dealing with flooding, such as Winchester, where the military have been drafted in to help residents and businesses.
Meanwhile the Environment Agency has put in place 14 Severe Flood Warnings, 65 Flood Warnings and 116 Flood Alerts across the South East.
Nearly 700 properties have been confirmed as flooded across the South East and the Agency expects those numbers to rise with dismal conditions on the way.
Simon Hughes, Environment Agency Regional Manager, said: “Our hearts and sincere sympathy go out to those who have already experienced flooding.
“Our teams remain out in all conditions working around the clock, day and night, to protect lives, homes, businesses, communities and farmland across the region. This vital work will carry on nonstop 24/7 for as long as it is needed.
“This is already the wettest January England has experienced since records began in 1766, and we are moving towards December, January and February being the wettest winter in 250 years. Further heavy rain is forecast for the remainder of this week and the weekend, bringing with it the risk of further flooding across the South East. The situation is likely to get worse before it gets better.
“We urge people to heed warnings and stay safe. Do not walk or drive through flood water which can be dangerous and take care near coastal paths and promenades as large waves are breaking.”
People can sign up to receive free flood warnings and keep up to date with the latest situation on the Environment Agency website and on social media using #floodaware.
Advice and guidance about flooding is available on the Environment Agency website and from Floodline on 0345 988 1188. For the latest info follow the Environment Agency on Twitter @EnvAgencySE.