Strong Winds And Rain Batter South Coast

Winds of up to 70 mph and heavy rain are causing big problems on the south coast.

A nasty start - weather wise - for the first day back at work with winds of up to 70 miles-per-hour and heavy rain battering the south coast.

Trees are down, some homes have been without power and ferries to and from the Isle of Wight are suspended.

Hovertravel and Red Funnel say they're not running services at the moment and Wightlink tell us the service between Lymington and Yarmouth is currently suspended.

A power cut just before 6am affected about 1,000 homes in Southampton. Engineers have now sorted out the problem, but pylons are down across both Hampshire and Dorset.

There's also problems on the trains around Brockenhurst, as a trees down blocking all the lines. 

Delays reported on the roads - including this pic of a shed about to blow on to the road in Sway in the New Forest.

Forecasters say the wind and rain is going to die down later this afternoon.