Power cuts have affected Fleet and Hartley Wintney as strong winds battered powerlines and trees
High winds have left homes without power and battered trees in Hampshire after a huge storm hit the UK.
Around 220,000 homes are without power in England, including areas of Hartley Wintney, Hook and Fleet where traffic lights were also out of action.
Many trees have been knocked down across the South East, with one crushing a car in Alexandra Road, North Camp. Meanwhile in Aldershot a section of Eastern Road was again turned into a lake following the heavy rain.
While Yateley seemed to have missed the worst of the storm, residents in Fleet had to pick up the pieces from the strong winds.
Power was off in Church Crookham from around 6am to 9am. Many homeowners in Fleet experienced flooding, delays and damage to property during the early hours. A fallen tree blocked part of Minley Road near Fleet Railway Station and Beacon Hill Road. A tree also partially blocking Fleet Road heading towards Fleet from Farnborough, just before the Harvester roundabout.
Fallen trees were also reported in Rounton Road and Beacon Hill Road in Church Crookham, Farnham Road in Odiham, The Hurst in Winchfield and in Crondall.
At around 11pm last night, the section of road between Hitches Lane at the leisure centre to Church Crookham was almost impassable due to flooding
RAF Odiham recorded wind speeds of 78mph some of the strongest in the country, and had 35mm of rainfall.
Rail services across much of southern Britain have been cancelled for the morning rush hour. South West Trains is running a reduced service after trees were found blocking the lines across the network. Maintenance teams have dealt with around 50 fallen trees and other debris so far.
Most services are not running until at least noon to allow Network Rail to check lines. Having initially advised passengers not to travel before 9am, the operator announced this morning (October 28)that an amended hourly service would be operating between Aldershot and Guildford, with no services operating between Ascot to Ash Vale and stations at Camberley, Bagshot and Frimley not being served.
Customers are advised to check their route before travelling. Trains will also run at a maximum of 50mph due to the strong winds and potential obstructions, meaning some journeys are likely to take twice as long.
The force received 490 reports to its response team between midnight and 9.30am, mostly about trees being down.
Hampshire County Council has advised motorists to be cautious and slow down due to high winds that can blow vehicles off course or send debris flying into the road. Motorists are advised to keep both hands on the steering wheel and anticipate buffeting by the wind and the slip stream from passing vehicles, especially high-sided vehicles such as vans or lorries.
Readers have been sending in their images of the destruction caused.
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