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Early morning woe as storm strikes Richmond
Commuters faced travel chaos this morning after London and the south-east was hit by the biggest storm to hit the UK in 25 years.
South West Trains is running a limited timetable today, with the Staines to London Waterloo via Twickenham line recently declared safe to run, with a limited number of services now under way.
Live departure boards are still displaying all trains from Twickenham as cancelled until after 12.30pm.
They have reported more than 30 trees blocking lines across the network.
Bushy Park and Richmond Park were also closed until further notice due to storm damage.
Firefighters were called at 6.30am after a tree collapsed on to a house in the Meadway, Twickenham, damaging the roof.
The family were at home but nobody sustained any injuries.
Twickenham and Richmond firefighters were called to a gas explosion in Bath Road, Hounslow, causing houses to collapse after a tree fell in high winds.
Fiona Bengtsson got in touch to tell us about a tree which collapsed between two cars outside her house in East Sheen.
She said: “By some miracle the tree outside our house fell between our two cars but I don't think it touched either.
“Extraordinarily the tree had been leaning towards our house before the storm - how lucky that it fell where it did at not through our bedroom window.”
Kew Gardens is closed for the day, as is standard practice during high winds, and is carrying out assessments on the grounds.
London Ambulance Service has been responding to a number of incidents since 6am, including fallen trees and damaged buildings.
Deputy director of operations Peter McKenna said: “It is proving to be a busy morning for us for storm-related injuries.
“We would encourage anyone to consider if their journey is entirely necessary.”
People have been discussing the effects of the storm in the borough on social networking website Twitter.
Jack Hughes tweeted: “Twickenham is looking rough. Bare trees and branches fallen everywhere.”
Joseph Watts tweeted: “Just driven along the A316 in Twickenham and it’s like the Nile, will be fun and games along there later.”
Ben Ayers said: “Hampton Court station’s knackered roof has taken a bashing this morning. Pretty nasty shards hanging down.”
Police have reminded people to call 101 during non-emergencies rather than 999.
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