Train services resume following St Jude's storm but power cuts remain in some rural areas around Aldershot
Homes were still without power this morning (October 29) as Southern Electric engineers continued to deal with multiple faults following St Jude's storm.
High winds cut power and felled trees in Hampshire after a huge storm hit the UK in the early hours of Monday morning.
Around 600,000 homes were without power in England, including areas of Hartley Wintney, Hook, Church Crookham and Fleet.
While Southern Electric engineers restored power to around 80,000 homes by 8pm on Monday, further work was taking place to restore the remaining 30,000 homes.
While the majority of customers had power restored later that night, around 10,000 homes were expected to be without power overnight and into today.
These homes were concentrated in areas where there have been multiple faults including those around Aldershot, Petersfield and Reading.
South West Trains cancelled trains for all of Monday morning as maintenance teams dealt with around 50 fallen trees and other debris across the network.
SWT planned to run a normal service today (October 29) after maintenance teams and engineers worked round-the-clock to clear the debris.
A spokesman for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: "The decision we took yesterday to wait until the worst of the storm had passed before running trains was absolutely right for our customers.
"The blockages all across our network from falling trees and other debris was the equivalent of having dozens of temporary roadworks all round the M25. We avoided trains being stuck for hours with passengers onboard, crews being displaced and other issues that would have prolonged disruption for customers."
He thanked customers for their patience and for following advice not to travel unless absolutely necessary, adding: "Our priority was to put the safety of customers and our staff first and only run trains when the conditions were right.
"The sad news that a number of people have been killed by falling trees elsewhere in the country shows just how dangerous and unpredictable severe weather can be."