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Weather warning for Hampshire ahead of Christmas getaway

Power cuts were reported in Farnborough and Aldershot after the Met Office issued a weather warning for strong winds and heavy rainfall on Monday

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Christmas preparations in Farnborough and Aldershot were affected on Monday (December 23) as stormy weather resulted in power cuts.

The disruption to power was reported in Farnborough at around 1.45pm and Scottish and Southern Energy said they were working to get the power back on as quickly as possible.

Heavy rainfall and strong winds battered north east Hampshire on Monday and power cuts were also reported in the Aldershot area.

The Met Office issued an amber weather warning for rain and a yellow wind warning for the South East as the Christmas getaway starts in earnest.

Residents and road users have been warned to expect poor weather conditions during the day with the weather likely to deteriorate later on.

Rushmoor Borough Council were forced to remove the Christmas tree from Aldershot after it was blown over twice in the gale force winds.

The Met Office warning said: "A spell of heavy rainfall is expected to affect parts of southern England and South Wales during Monday. This will fall onto saturated ground and lead to a risk of some flooding.

"The public should be prepared for the likelihood of some significant disruption due to the combined hazards of heavy rainfall and high winds."

The River Blackwater is one of 21 rivers in the South East to be put on flood alert status by the Environment Agency.

 

Simon Beavan, regional flood & coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “With more unsettled weather forecast for the South East, following recent heavy rainfall, there could be a lot of water in low-lying lands and on roads.

"Those who live in an area vulnerable to flooding should think about the precautions they can take to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property."

Train companies have also warned passengers they could reduce services if the expected wind and rain arrive and advised customers to travel earlier if possible.

A South West Trains statement said: "There is a very high possibility of severe disruption commencing at around 13:00 today. High winds can blow debris and trees from the trackside and from neighbouring land onto the track.

"On Tuesday December 24 first train services may be run as route proving trains to operate through the affected section of track to check no obstructions are on the track."

Meanwhile Southern Electric Power Distribution has put on extra call handlers to talk to people who lose their electric supply.

The company has also put up advice about what to do if people suffer power cuts, including boiling water for a thermos and having battery powered radios while people can also call 0800 294 3259.

A number of homes near Aldershot have lost power but a company spokesman said engineers were making "good progress, restoring supplies in several areas although more damage to the network is anticipated as the high winds and rain continue".

The severe weather warnings are valid until 9am on Tuesday (December 24).

South West Trains changes

  • Waterloo to Epsom/Dorking and Waterloo to Guildford via Effingham Junction: Eight services have been cancelled.
  • Waterloo to Guildford via Woking: The four services that usually run through to Guildford via Woking will be cancelled.
  • Waterloo to Reading: Seven peak services have been cancelled.
  • Waterloo to Shepperton via Richmond: Two evening peak services have been cancelled, although the 1843 Waterloo to Shepperton via Richmond is scheduled to run.

 

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