Wiltshire battered by high winds and rain
Updated 4:21pm Monday 28th October 2013 in Latest News
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NEWS: The roof of St Barnabus Church in Easterton near #Devizes has been damaged by a falling tree #Storm2013 http://t.co/8SGyqytQx8— @BBCWiltshire 28 October 2013
RT @RobMurphyitv: The Sunday School hall damaged at #easterton near #devizes. http://t.co/dG4qJgyhNW— @gazzaloz 28 October 2013
RT @HAtraffic_swest #M4 eastbound J16-J15, lane 1 remains closed to clear spillage after HGV has been recovered. Long delays in the area.— @highwaysagency 28 October 2013
"We were kept awake for some time last night wondering if the roof was going to come off but discovered this morning that it was just the gazebo that had been destroyed," said Mark Randall, landlord of the Canal Tavern in Frome Road, Bradford on Avon.
8 miles in an hour 😠 #m4 #nightmare— @jfarmer69 28 October 2013
RT @HAtraffic_swest: #M4 eastbound J16-J15, lane 1 remains closed for recovery of an HGV. Recovery is proving protracted as the HGV load ha…— @gazzaloz 28 October 2013
#UKstorm Bedwyn - London Paddington. Services from Bedwyn to London Paddington will only operate between Bedwyn and Reading.— @FGW 28 October 2013
#UKStorm update - Bristol services to return to normal from 1200 Paddington to Bristol and 1230 Bristol to Paddington.— @FGW 28 October 2013
RT @FairtoNature: RT @metoffice: Latest graphic showing the track of the storm for Monday #weatheraware http://t.co/AQKB596mon— @PedroYevad 28 October 2013
Met Office are advising that gales have calmed down, but wind speeds of 40 mph are still expected. Please take extra care. #weatheraware— @Highways_Agency 28 October 2013
Southern Electric engineers have been working from the early hours of the morning to restore power to Wiltshire customers affected by last night’s severe storm.
Around 3,000 Southern Electric customers in the Wiltshire area have been left without electricity, including customers living in Melksham, Corsham, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Atworth.
Across the Southern Electric power distribution area around 82,000 homes are without power, from Yeovil in Somerset to West London and from Oxfordshire to the Isle of Wight.
Over 1,000 Southern Electric engineers are working to restore electricity supplies as soon as possible to areas affected by the strong winds, some of which reached over 80mph.
This includes 800 operational staff and contractors, 200 engineers drafted in from the company’s sister network in Scotland and over 100 supporting staff in offices throughout the area.
The electricity company anticipates that the majority of customers will have their electricity restored tonight, although a number may remain without power overnight.
Where possible, some customers will have their power restored through mobile generators.
Calls are being made to vulnerable customers to give reassurance and help. Anyone who experiences a loss of electricity supply is urged to contact the team on 0800 072 7282.
From Scottish and Southern Energy: "In the Wiltshire area, we have around 3,000 customers affected and those are mainly in Melksham, Corsham, Chippenham, Trowbridge and Atworth.
"Our engineers are working to restore supplies as quickly as possible."
There is a fallen tree on the canal towpath at Barton Farm Country Park in Bradford on Avon.
Met Office weather warning: "With high winds in the south, expect objects to come off the line, such as clothing or Joe Hart."— @KopiteMay 28 October 2013
RT @MichaelFishBBC: MET OFFICE WARNING: Beaches littered with Sky News reporters. #UKstorm— @SimonO19 28 October 2013
In the Marlborough area several roads were blocked by trees this morning, including the A345 at Netheravon, the A345 Upavon to Pewsey and the road from Burbage to Shalbourne.
Trees were also down by the golf club at Ogbourne St Andrew, on the road from Little Bedwyn to Bagshot, and at Coltsfoot Close in Amesbury.
RT @WiltshireWinter: We're staying updated by @metoffice and no further stormy weather is expected today. #Wiltshire— @umsalisbury 28 October 2013
TWO lorries were in collision on the M4 near Swindon at 5.50am.
A 45-year-old man was taken by ambulance to Great Western Hospital.
Diesel and a milk based food were spilled onto the motorway between junctions 15 and 16.
Fire crews from Swindon, Chippenham and Westbury attended to clear up the spillage, and the Environment Agency went to avoid milk getting into the water course.
M4 delays and traffic cameras here.
Is this a good time to mention that firefighters in Wiltshire plan to strike over pay and pensions on Friday?
Southern Electric have said that Wiltshire, Dorset and rural parts of Hampshire have been the worst affected by the storm with around 82,000 homes currently without power.
The energy supplier aim to have the majority of properties back with electricity by this evening but homes that don’t have power will be given mobile generators – where possible.
The company have around 1,100 working to restore power.
Anyone affected by the storm and wishes to report an electricity fault can call Southern Electric on 0800 300 999.
RT @FGW: #UKstorm Bristol - Paddington, Trains will depart Bristol Temple Meads on the hour and depart London Paddington at 30 minutes past…— @LadyEleanorA 28 October 2013
Some cracking upturned tree/damaged corrugated roofing porn in Roundway Park, if you're into that kind of thing. http://t.co/sxM681UVIV— @AdverSportCraig 28 October 2013
RT @GregHands: Good to see the @cabinetofficeuk still tweeting #UKstorm advice, despite having a crane falling through its own roof. #forha…— @samhale123 28 October 2013
This is Wiltshire Council's list of trees down:
A420, Ford- roads closed/diversion
Havering Lane, Milton Cilbourne- SSE
A3102 at Mile Elm
Cholderton to Grately
A338 Colderton- SSE. Road closed
Victoria Road, Warminster- Road closed
Saxton Road, Harnham
Copheap Lane, Warminster- Road closed
B3089 Chilmark to Hindon
A365 Atworth to Melksham
Essex Square, Salisbury
Ogbourna St Andrew o/s golf club
Nursteed Road, Devizes
Southampton Road, Landford
Kings Road, Easterton
A345 Upavon to Pewsey
Burbage to Shalbourne
High Street, Rowde
Courts Lane, Westbury
Pans Lane, Devizes
Erlestoke to Little Cheverell B3098
The Mootings, Pitton
Westbury Road, Edington
Erlestoke- Marston- Manor Farm, Lower Road
Erlestoke- Great Cheverell
Zeals, Bell Inn
B4192 Aldbourne- Liddington
A360 Salisbury- Devizes Road
Little Bedwyn to Bagshot
Broad Town, Broad Hinton
Longbridge Deverill- North Bound- shrub in carriageway
Although last night’s St Jude’s Storm was less severe in Wiltshire than was expected, Wiltshire Police still had 86 reports connected with the weather.
Some 75 of those involved fallen trees and Devizes is currently badly affected as Nursteed Road had to be closed after a tree in the grounds of Devizes School fell across it.
Police received the report at 5.30am and council workers were soon at the scene, cutting up the trunk so that traffic could be past. But as the tree had brought down power lines Scottish and Southern Electric closed the road again at 8.15am so they could undertake repairs.
Diversions are in force.
An outbuilding at St Barnabas Church in Easterton was damaged by a fallen tree and the road through the village was closed, although officers reported that motorists were not observing the closure.
Trees were also reported blocking Pans Lane, the A360 Potterne Road near The Breach and near Savernake Hospital in Wiltshire
Although flooding was expected to be a problem, only one incident of flooding was reported across the entire county.
Fire crews have reported a relatively quiet night in West Wiltshire, with only one crew called to assist in a storm-related incident.
Firefighters from Bradford on Avon are currently at Conkwell, near Limpley Stoke, where a fallen free has taken down an overhead electricity cable, sparking fears of a possible fire.
The crew arrived at the scene at 8.50am and set up a safety cordon around the site, while they wait for Wiltshire Council operatives to come and remove it.
Chippenham Police received no reports of flooding but several calls about fallen trees blocking roads. Rowden Hill at Chippenham was closed for a couple of hours from 5.30am. Highways were also tasked to remove trees at Lower Westbury Road at Heddington near Calne, Hungerford Road in Calne, Bowden Hill at Lacock, Ford, Upper Seagry and the B4042 near Brinkworth.
A spokesman for Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire said they were open as usual and the Inspired by Autumn half term activity was going ahead as planned. The wild weather had not caused any damage to the tree collection.
Police in Calne said three roads were blocked by fallen trees this morning. At 5.30am a caller reported a tree blocking Hungerford Road in Calne, and at 8am a caller reported a tree blocking Lower Westbury Road in Heddington. A large split branch also fell across the road at Snowhill on road leading to Swindon at 7am.
RT @WiltshireRoads: A350 - Approx 1 mile south of Longbridge Deverill on the north bound carriageway- tree in road— @WarminsterWeb 28 October 2013
@WiltshireRoads Castle Combe - Ford road blocked by tree near to Ford junction of A420.— @jamesinyk 28 October 2013
RT @WiltshireRoads: Devizes to Roundway branches in road— @WiltsLibraries 28 October 2013
Update from reporter Craig Jones in Trowbridge here
First Great Western's reason for still not leaving paddington: 'The train driver needs a break.' They haven't done anything all morning!— @JPage_03 28 October 2013
The A4 London Road in Marlborough partially blocked eastbound near the Savernake Hospital junction, because of a fallen tree.
RT @WiltshireRoads: A345 Upavon to Pewsey - Passable with care— @Westy1709 28 October 2013
RT @WiltshireRoads: The A350 dual carriageway heading towards Junction 17 of the M4 has now been cleared.— @EAMackley 28 October 2013
RT @WiltshireRoads: A350 - Approx 1 mile south of Longbridge Deverill on the north bound carriageway- tree in road— @Traffic_SouthE 28 October 2013
RT @WiltshireRoads: Between Broadtown and Broadhinton - Trees in road— @gazzaloz 28 October 2013
RT @WiltshireRoads: Our Highway crews are working hard to clear trees across the county this morning. #Storm2013— @SDavyO 28 October 2013
@BritWeatherSvs Destruction on an epic scale here in Wiltshire as predicted by most sources. My brush blew over! http://t.co/5URFzJRDYa— @mackie75l 28 October 2013
Good morning. High winds eased in Wiltshire in the early hours. Reports of some fallen trees & branches on country's minor roads. Take care.— @FootTrailsUK 28 October 2013
A fallen tree on the B3105 at Fourwoods Common, near Trowbridge, which fell on a grey Peugeot.
Dozens of homes in Pewsey are without power this morning. Electricity board workers are battling to restore it but can't say when by.
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