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Met Office issues Dorset with weather warning
12:44pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in News
DORSET is on flood alert – just as the county clears up from the worst storm in recent years.
The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for heavy rain for the south west tomorrow, including Dorset.
The warning to the public to ‘be aware’ of the risks comes just days after the St Jude storm battered the county.
Workmen worked hard to clear up the damage left by the storm that moved across the UK, early on Monday.
The Met Office said there was the possibility of localised flooding, particularly along the Dorset coast and potential disruption to transport.
The yellow weather warning runs from noon tomorrow to 6am on Saturday, with the worst of the rain expected to hit overnight into Saturday.
A spokesman for the Met Office said: “A spell of heavy rain is expected to affect southern parts of England during Friday and early Saturday. The public should be aware of the possibility of localised flooding and disruption to transport.”
Forecasters say that 15-30mm of rain could fall across the southern UK. Coastal areas could also experience gales and gusts up to 60mph.
A Met Office spokesman said: “Large waves generated by this depression, and a subsequent depression crossing the UK this weekend, combined with increasing tidal heights lead to an increased risk of coastal flooding along the English Channel coast this weekend, especially in Dorset.”
Weymouth and Portland Borough Council spokesman for community safety Geoff Petherick said that monitoring goes on 24/7 and that currently they were keeping an eye on the situation.
NFU county chairman for Dorset Paul Gould, pictured, said that at the moment the ground was still fairly good and firm as the last couple of months had been quite dry.
He said that a lot of farmers still had livestock in the fields as the grass was good but they would look at bringing them in if the weather was going to be bad.
He said if the ground became waterlogged with the heavy downpours they wouldn’t be able to use the grass to feed the animals.
He said: “There’s lots of grass out there we’d like to use but if it gets too wet we can’t.”
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