Storm Katie rips roofs off buildings in south of England

Flat roof off on Aylward Street, Portsea Image copyright Southsea Fire Station
Image caption Southsea Fire Station posted a picture on Twitter of the destruction Storm Katie had caused in Aylward Street, Portsea

Buildings have been damaged, transport disrupted and homes left without power after Storm Katie hit the south of England overnight.

BBC weather forecaster Simon King said gusts of 105mph had been recorded at the Needles off the Isle of Wight.

Nearly 4,000 homes in Hampshire, Dorset and Berkshire were left without power, Southern Electric said.

Condor Ferries has cancelled high-speed services on Monday and Tuesday between Poole, Guernsey and Jersey.

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There is also widespread disruption to rail services, with replacement buses operating.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service attended more than 30 incidents involving dangerous structures overnight, 10 of which were in Portsmouth.

It said a tree fell in to a property in Blakemere Crescent, Paulsgrove, although the residents managed to escape.

Firefighters also removed a shed from a tree in Cliffe Road, Barton-on-Sea.

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Image caption Chris Morley took this picture of a large tree brought down by the storm at Beaulieu Palace House in Hampshire
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Image caption South West Trains is unable to run services between Salisbury and Yeovil due to a landslip near Sherborne

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning for the south of England which said there was "potential for 50-60mph gusts inland and 70mph gusts around coasts exposed to the south".

Flood warnings are also in place for parts of Dorset, the most severe for the River Stour near Blandford Forum and Upper Frome near Dorchester.

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Image caption Southsea Common was flooded after rain and high winds overnight
Image caption Cars were damaged when a section of roofing fell from buildings in Royal Clarence Yard in Gosport

Highways England said road users should check weather conditions before travelling.

PC Chris Smith said on Twitter that since late on Sunday police have had calls to 57 trees down across Dorset.

He urged people to take extra care when travelling, warning that roads were likely to be blocked and trees weakened.

Disruption includes:

  • Portsmouth Roads posted on Twitter: "Clarence Esplanade now open, Southsea Esplanade still closed."
  • The match between AFC Wimbledon and Portsmouth has been called off
  • A number of shops are closed in Woodley High Street, Berkshire, due to scaffolding collapsing at Waitrose
  • South West Trains said trains were unable to run between Salisbury and Yeovil all day
  • There are no trains between Gillingham in Dorset and Exeter St Davids due to a landslip
  • The second day of Thame Country Fair in Oxfordshire has been cancelled
  • People are advised not to visit the Cotswold Wildlife Park near Burford
  • Delays on the Wightlink service from Portsmouth to Fishbourne and the Red Funnel service from Southampton to East Cowes
  • Highways England said a fallen tree had been blocking the A35 between the B3150 near Dorchester and the A352, but this has since been cleared

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