Two people were taken to hospital after their car was struck by a fallen tree this morning.

It happened as Storm Eleanor battered the county, bringing down trees and closing roads

Emergency services were called to the A35 in the early hours of this morning when a car was struck by a tree.

Police, fire and ambulance staff were alerted at about 3am to the incident near the Cat and Fiddle pub near Highcliffe.

Two people were taken to hospital.

It was initially reported by police that a man had been arrested on suspicion of drug driving. This afternoon, officers said no arrests have been made, although the full circumstances of the incident are under investigation.

Forecasters warned lives could be at risk from flying debris as the fifth-named storm of the season arrived on Tuesday evening.

An amber weather warning was issued for southern parts of Northern Ireland and northern England as well as southern fringes of Scotland overnight.