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STORM CIARA HITS FLEET

TREES DOWN AND FLOODED ROADS AS STORM HITS

FITZROY GETS FIESTY

Hailed as the worst storm to hit the area in seven years, Storm Ciara hit the UK today as trees came down and the roads of Fleet flooded. The wide ranging damage started earlier in the day, before fading slowly out as darkness fell. Thankfully though, no serious injuries have been reported although there are still reduced warnings of heavy winds as we head into next week.

Fitzroy Road was one such victim of the weather today as an unlucky car owner found out when a tree came down onto their vehicle. Thankfully no one was inside it at the time, although one can only wonder at the chances of the tree landing on the one car that was parked in the road at the time.

Below: A tree falls on an empty car in Fitzroy Road, ironically the only car that was parked there. Photo credits: Zoe Peach and Caron Holmes.

Below: Local Councillor Steve Forster reports on the impact of Storm Ciara from Fitzroy Road. Video credit: Steve Forster.

DINORBEN DISASTER

Dinorben Avenue was another area to feel the force of the winds today, as a large tree came down, skimming the front of a nearby house and causing some damage. It also appears to have pulled up some cables on its short journey.

Below: Tree down and heavy flooding in Dinorben Avenue. Photo credits: Zoe Peach.

MORE DAMAGE IN FLEET AND CROOKHAM

The damage and flooding were widespread in the area, as we take a look here at just some of the scenes that faced local residents today. It will clearly be a busy start to the new week as the clean up continues into Monday and beyond.

Below: Zebon Copse needs a new ID! Photo credit: Zoe Peach.

Below: Fencing down and heavy surface water in Hitches Lane, bathed in an ominous red glow from the temporary traffic lights. Photo credit: Zoe Peach.

Below: Large tree down in Crookham Village, damaging cables as it fell. Photo credit: Zoe Peach.

Below: Floodwaters in Fleet Road outside the Shell petrol station, just be thankful you weren’t standing on that pavement…! Photo credits: Zoe Peach.

Below: Trees and fences in Fleet feel the force of Ciara. Photo credits: Zoe Peach, Jade Luelle Cope, Andree Cook, Rob Blackburn, Stuart Gale.

Below: Spot the fearless tree surgeon!

NARROW ESCAPE AT BEACON HILL

Although many people were hidden safely away indoors today, there were a few brave souls who ventured out. At Beacon Hill, just outside of Fleet, the road was pounded by heavy winds, bringing down trees throughout the day.

Below: Just outside of Fleet, trees down on Beacon Hill as Police attend the scene. Photo credits: Zoe Peach.

Fleet Fire Station were also called to attend a house where a large tree had fallen…and one local lady had a narrow escape as a tree hit her car but very thankfully no one was seriously hurt.

Below: Fleet Fire Station attend a house with a fallen tree at Beacon Hill. Photo credits: Fleet Fire Station.

Below: A narrow escape earlier in the day at Beacon Hill as a tree lands on top of an occupied car. Photo credit: Mandi Coxall.

Below: UPDATE Monday 10th February – Beacon Hill now closed as more trees have fallen. Photo credit: Fleet Police.

So, did you escape the wrath of the storm today? If you have any photos you’d like to add, just click on the contact link at the bottom of the page or pop over and post on our Facebook group.

Thankfully apart from a few repairs and some clean up work, everyone seems safe and sound. So as the winds finally slow down and as the first super moon of the year begins to wane, here’s wishing you all a peaceful and quieter week!

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