UPDATE: Dorset picks up the pieces after violent storm - many residents still without power (From Bournemouth Echo)
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UPDATE: Dorset picks up the pieces after violent storm - many residents still without power
DORSET residents woke up to chaos after the most violent storm in a decade swept through the county.
Huge trees were ripped from the ground, roads were flooded and public transport disrupted by heavy rain and gusts of wind touching 100mph.
Many residents are still without power this morning despite desperate attempts by SSE to restore supplies to more than 10,200 people across Bournemouth and Poole.
SSE say they went out at first light, restoring a further 4,000 customers across the network.
They are now focusing on a number of areas with significant damage in Poole and the New Forest as well as other areas.
Additional resources, including generators and helicopter assistance have been mobilised and some customers may experience a degree of disruption as we continue to work on repairs in their area.
Support vehicles are also being deployed to the largest areas without electricity.
A spokesperson said: "We continue to aim to restore electricity to all remaining households by the end of today however it is possible that there may be some small areas where, due to the extensive damage, this may not be possible and an update will be provided later this evening.
"Extra attention is being paid to vulnerable customers who are being offered help and support."
The south of England saw ferries, flights and trains cancelled until the weather calmed down and the clean-up operation was complete.
The storm reached its peak in Dorset at around 4am yesterday.
And for many residents the loss of a night’s sleep was the least of their concerns when they discovered damage to buildings, cars, gardens and fences.
Council staff had a busy day as they attempted to clear up the mess left by the so-called St Jude storm, aptly-named after the Patron Saint of Lost Causes.
Queens Park playground was closed for the day due to flooding and a fallen tree, and the Undercliff car park between Bournemouth and Boscombe piers was closed to vehicles due to sand on the road.
Dorset Fire and Rescue said they were notified of disruption across the county but were not needed to attend many incidents.
But it was a different story for police and council staff who were inundated with requests to deal with flood water, fallen trees and stranded motorists.
See all our pictures from the storm in our gallery
Electricity engineers were working into the night to try to restore electricity to thousands.
Southern Electric Power Distribution warned yesterday evening that some would be “likely”
to remain without power until today.
At their peak reports of power cuts reached 110,000
BUSINESS AS USUAL
Sopley Farm Shop remained open for business despite half the roof blowing off and landing in a field of sweetcorn.
Owner Dan Tanner and colleagues got to work quickly to ensure customers could still use the shop during one of its busiest periods of the year.
The shop is renowned for its Hallowe’en pumpkins and a pumpkin carving competition planned for 2pm today will still go ahead.
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