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Flood alerts and severe weather warnings for Dorset residents
5:12pm Monday 28th January 2013 in News
DORSET is braced for stormy weather with gale force winds, heavy rain and flooding forecast for the area.
The Met Office has issued a severe warning for the region with torrential rain predicted that is likely to cause localised flooding.
Strong gusts of gale force winds are also forecast to batter the county overnight and into Tuesday.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “Further rain will spread northeastwards across Wales and South West England early on Tuesday, becoming heavy and persistent in places before clearing again overnight.
“Given saturated ground, the public should be aware that further localised flooding and disruption to travel is likely.”
The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for areas in West Dorset, including Bridport, Martinstown and Weymouth.
It also covers the River Wey and Radipole Lake.
A spokesman for the agency said: “Further rain is expected from Monday afternoon, continuing overnight with heavier throughout Tuesday with totals of 19 mm to 32 mm possible over this period.
“The catchments are saturated following the recent rainfall and snowmelt.
“As a consequence, the rivers will respond rapidly to the further rainfall forecast.
“Surface water issues are expected across the area.”
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