Whitchurch would seem to have come off quite lightly compared to some other areas which suffered much more damage. Most issues related to disruption to travel with trees down on many local roads and on the railway.
Winds were recorded as being 41mph at 5.48am this morning in Whitchurch, which was lower than had been expected, but was still the strongest of the year so far.
Early morning Stagecoach buses to Basingstoke were being diverted along the A304 to due to fallen trees along the B3400. Overton was being missed out. It is understood this route is now clear.
South West Trains had introduced an emergency hourly service and report over 30 trees across the tracks which are being cleared. However as we write at 12.30, no trains had yet served Whitchurch, so please check with SWT or Live Departures before travelling. (at 12.45 SWT announced a phased reintrodyuction of services).
Meanwhile those who cycled to work were unaffected by the delays and reported very quiet roads on their routes to work in Andover and Overton, making for unexpectedly pleasant journeys, so there was some good news!
Many local residents also chose to work from home or to take leave as the ongoing delays, particularly to train journeys became forever extended.
Being half term it is fortunate that schools were closed or access for students would have been difficult.
Not all is bad…
Meanwhile apples fell from trees with many out collecting their windfalls and there were calls for the cider presses to be brought out early.
Other people used local social media pages to post pictures of the aftermath, including chairs being blown over and playhouses being overturned. Perhaps they were rather tongue in cheek, but Whitchurch seems to have come through it relatively unscathed.
Just as this article is published, news of a power cut just along the road in Freefolk has been received.
At 7.30pm it is understood that the power has not yet been restored to Wells-in-the-Field.