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Traffic chaos as storm hits county
LAST night’s storm has caused transport chaos with roads and railways closed, as well as flooding and power cuts affecting people across the county.
A number of roads around the area were blocked this morning by fallen trees – the A338 at Britford was completely blocked in both directions at 6am and the A27 near Whiteparish, heading towards Romsey, was also completely blocked.
The B3089 in the centre of Fonthill Bishop is blocked due to fallen trees. A number of minor roads across Wiltshire are impeded or blocked by trees that have fallen overnight. Wiltshire Council is doing its best to deal with all these incidents but motorists should drive carefully and be prepared for delays.
At Allington the A338 has flood water across it and drivers are warned to approach with caution.
The A303 was closed westbound at Wylye with the A36 junction in the early hours to allow for the recovery of an overturned lorry and the A36 at West Wellow was closed at about 6.30am due to an accident.
Road users are being advised to check the weather forecast and road conditions before travelling today as strong winds are forecast. The Highways Agency has issued a severe weather alert for high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and other vehicles vulnerable to being blown over.
South West Trains has advised passengers not to travel today. It is running a reduced timetable with some trains limited to travelling at 50mph and most services were not running before 8am while Network Rail checked lines. The company reported there were 29 trees blocking tracks across its network. One reader sent us a picture of a trampoline which had blown onto the railway line near London Road in Salisbury.
The First Great Western service between Salisbury and Southampton is currently suspended. The line is closed through Salisbury and replacement buses can’t be provided due to local road closures but the company doesn’t know yet when normal service may resume.
Just under 9,000 homes across the Salisbury, Winchester and Southampton area have suffered problems with their power due to the weather.
More than 1,000 engineers from Southern Electric Power Distribution are working to restore electricity to about 82,000 homes across the south. The company said the weather had the "greatest impact" on Wiltshire, Dorset and parts of rural Hampshire.
It said the majority of customers will have their electricity restored by tonight although mobile generators may be needed and some may have to remain without power overnight.
Houses in Mere suffered a power cut during the night although the electricity has come back on this morning.
The storm started battering the south west about midnight and winds are thought to have reached 90mph.
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