MORE than ten flood warnings have been issued across Hampshire today.

The areas near to Southampton which are at risk include Ringwood, New Forest, and Hursley, as well as many warnings of groundwater flooding near Portsmouth and Salisbury.

The floods are expected to affect 14 parts of the region, and it is predicted that the majority of them will hit the areas surrounding Andover and Winchester - as they have been issued with seven warnings.

Residents in Hursley, near Romsey and Winchester, have been warned by The Environment Agency to ensure that any pumps used to protect property can operate if required, and to consider activating village flood plans.

From Friday onwards, levels could be high enough to cause cellar flooding in the lower part of the village.

While there are no warnings about danger to life, residents are still being warned to prepare for flooding across the region.

The Environment Agency has said that blustery showers are forecast in the coming days and that they expect river levels to remain high.

It comes as a result of recent rainfall - but they have said they are closely monitoring the situation.

People are being warned to "prepare a bag that includes medicines and insurance documents" and to "check flood warnings".

One of the closest flood warnings to Southampton includes the area between Ringwood and Christchurch.

The Environment Agency said: "River levels remain high at the Ringwood Old Cottage river gauge as a result of the previous rainfall events and saturated ground conditions. Consequently, the risk of flooding remains."

The yellow warnings have been issued to Finchdean, Dean Lane End, Rowlands Castle, Hambledon, Hursely, Kings Somborne and Little Somborne, Pitton, West Tytherley, Nether Wallop, Broughton, Cranborne Chase, Salisbury Plain, Vernham Dean, Upton, Bourne Valley, Andover, West Dean, Singleton, Charlton, East Dean, Chilgrove, Lower Avon, Lower River Loddon, River Bourne, River Kennet, and Berwick Bassett.