High winds cause damage across southern England

Report from Damon Green

Gale force winds which have battered parts of the country look set to ease this weekend, forecasters said, although the unsettled weather is expected to continue.

Severe weather warnings were issued for Wales, the South West, the Midlands, London, the South East and eastern parts of the country with winds of up to 65mph.

But Victoria Kettley, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said the area of low pressure over the UK which has brought the blustery conditions should begin to clear tomorrow.

She said: "As this pressure moves into the North Sea, the winds should ease down.

"The gusts will feel strong this evening across the Midlands and East Anglia, with winds of 40-45mph in Lincolnshire and the Norfolk area.

"By tomorrow, the low pressure should start moving away, with gusts of 30-35mph across the country by midday on Saturday."

Beach huts in Torquay were lifted from their foundations and swept away by the sea. Credit: Julian Johnson

Ms Kettley said outbreaks of rain would continue tomorrow in Scotland and northern England but the rest of the country could see some sunny spells.

An 18-year-old motorcyclist seriously injured in a crash in Brighton Road, Lancing, during heavy rain and high winds has died, Sussex Police said.

The rider was taken to Hurstwood Park Neurological Centre for treatment following the accident at in the early hours of this morning.

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Up until 5th June, England & Wales as a whole has had 43% of average June rainfall. That doesn't even include the deluge of last 3 days!

Across the country, a number of trees were brought down, including one which crashed onto a car in West Sussex.

The female passenger in Crawley escaped injury.

Tree surgeons clearing the road in Crawley. Credit: Rachel Farrow
This van was the a casualty of the storms at Ferndown in Dorset. Credit: Janet Knight

A section of the country's busiest shopping street, Oxford Street in London, was closed for more than two hours today after winds caused a steel cable to bring down jubilee bunting on to the road.

The windy conditions also led to delays to some ferry services at the Port of Dover in Kent.

The Wightlink Lymington to Yarmouth service is running a delayed service after being temporarily suspended, while the Red Funnel red jet service from Southampton to East Cowes remained suspended tonight.

A 28-metre Sunseeker cruiser yacht was damaged by falling scaffolding during storms in Poole, Dorset.

Damage at the Sunseeker base in Poole. Credit: ITV Meridian

Meanwhile, the second day of the annual Suffolk Show, an agricultural fair, was cancelled due to concerns over high winds.

Heavy rain fell at Trinity Park in Ipswich yesterday. Credit: ITV Anglia

The show opened for about 15 minutes today before a decision was taken to stop the event due to "health and safety concerns".

The stormy conditions also led to Tinside Lido on Plymouth's waterfront becoming submerged with seawater after rough seas breached its walls and flooded it.