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UPDATE Weather chaos: Severe weather warning for Preston Beach area
Updated 8:32pm Monday 23rd December 2013 in News
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- The Environment Agency has issued a severe weather warning for Preston Beach in Weymouth at high tide tonight, with people on foot warned to stay away.
- The Met Office has issued an 'amber' warning for heavy rain and gale to severe gale force winds for the South West. The warning is in place until 9am on Tuesday.
- South West Trains will be running an altered service from 1pm today. Trains will run at significantly reduced speeds across the network.
- Condor Ferries has cancelled its high speed sailings between the Channel Isles and Weymouth and warned that conventional ferries could also be delayed.
That's the end of the today's live weather coverage.
Reporters Emma Walker and Rachel Stretton will be back at 7am in the morning with further updates.
Remember to send us your weather photos here.
Stay safe and have a good evening.
Uddens Drive in Wimborne Minster closed in both directions at the A31 junction, because of flooding.
Road in Lower Ansty blocked in both directions between the Lower Ansty junction and the Mappowder junction, because of flooding.
A35 closed eastbound at Baker's Arms roundabout due to flooding.
Reports of a car stuck in flood water at the scene.
A diversion has been put in place nearby.
Reader Sheila Hunn sent us this great shot of Chesil Beach during high tide today.
A3030 in Bishop's Caundle blocked in both directions near the Caundle Lane junction, because of flooding.
Currently 1 severe flood warning, 29 flood warnings and 47 flood alerts in the South West. http://t.co/TAKacriIxL #floodaware #UKstorm— @EnvAgencySW 23 December 2013
Reports of a power line sparking between Kings ahead in Bradpole and Colfox. Thanks to Rhiannon Burton for the update.— @bridportn0tice 23 December 2013
A341 Magna Road Bearwood blocked in both directions between the King John Avenue junction and the Moortown Drive junction, because of flooding.
OK, so I got down the bay and it was like arghh! Drying camera and editing stuff now..#westbay #Dorset http://t.co/zf3Jpwuu4J— @LauraDron 23 December 2013
When I finished shooting these, there was absolutely no-one else there. My car was all alone. #WestBay #Dorset http://t.co/GesUwX72om— @LauraDron 23 December 2013
Last one from Storm Better/Worse Than St Judes #WestBay #Dorset http://t.co/AFww7Y4aDt— @LauraDron 23 December 2013
Flood warnings in place for River Char in Charmouth, Bridport and West Bay.
Flood Warning River Char at Dolphins River Caravan Park check for updates here http://t.co/tebw7jvyuY #floodaware #UKstorm— @EnvAgencySW 23 December 2013
Flood Warning at River Char at Charmouth check for updates here http://t.co/NGckAlu47c #floodaware #UKStorm— @EnvAgencySW 23 December 2013
#Yetminster - High Street, at Yetminster Railway Bridge - Road now clear.— @TravelDorset 23 December 2013
A350 Blandford Road closed in both directions between the Higher Street junction in Iwerne Minster and the A30 Christy's Lane junction in Shaftesbury, because of flooding.
The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Preston Beach Road later this evening.
Shingle and spray will be dangerous.
#A350 Iwerne Minster closed both ways due to flooding between Higher Street and A30— @TravelDorset 23 December 2013
SKATING IN THE SQUARE is closed today due to severe weather. Any tickets for today can be transferred to another... http://t.co/gzsvyEqF9P— @Brewery_Square 23 December 2013
#StormSWT - All routes experiencing major disruption. http://t.co/wVwXDoC0MY Advice is only travel if urgent. Please RT— @SW_Trains 23 December 2013
Our photographer has been out braving the weather. Here's stormy seas at West Bay earlier today.
Pic by John Gurd.
Flooding is also expected at Chiswell, Portland, West Bay and Lyme Regis harbours and the River Char at Charmouth, according to the Environment Agency.
Flooding at Ferrybridge getting quite bad http://t.co/IeoXIC3gWO— @WhatsonWeymouth 23 December 2013
The Environment Agency have issued this severe flood warning for parts of Weymouth:
The following SEVERE Flood Warning will remain in force for two hours following the time of the predicted high tide.
Flooding may already be affecting low lying areas and roads.
We anticipate that the Preston Road will be closed for period around high water between Overcvombe and The Sealife Centre.
There may be significant spray and shingle overtopping affecting the Preston Road.
The public are also advised to avoid the Preston Beach area on foot as conditions are extremely dangerous and will remain so overnight.
Wareham household recycling centre is now closed for the rest of the day due to high winds. The nearest open centre is Swanage....— @dorsetforyou 23 December 2013
Dorset Police have just issued this warning for residents to take care in extreme weather:
Dorset Police are reminding residents to prepare for the adverse weather and take extreme care on the roads.
In severe high winds and heavy rain, motorists are advised:
• Not to travel unless you have to
• Keep your distance from other vehicles
• Keep your speed down – sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course
• Leave extra time to get to your destination
• Show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads
• When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights.
In the event of flooding, drivers are advised to:
• Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
• Give consideration to the depth of the water
• Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
• Drive through shallow water slowly and be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.
We advise members of the public to secure their property including items such as garden furniture, wheelie bins, and any other objects that may be susceptible to high winds.
Whiteway Hill in Witchampton, near Wimborne, is closed in both directions between the Mead Lane junction and the Horton Road junction, because of an overturned lorry.
The road in Lower Ansty near Piddlehinton is blocked in both directions between the Lower Ansty junction and the Mappowder junction, because of flooding.
Some flights to and from @SOU_Airport are being delayed by the storm.— @DorsetTransport 23 December 2013
Here's a picture of firefighters tackling the tree that fell near the Range, on the Great Western Industrial Estate in Dorchester earlier.
Luckily no one was hurt, but Dorset Fire and Rescue Service would like to remind people not to travel if not absolutely necessary.
A spokesperson added: "If you must travel, please allow extra time for your journey and never drive through standing flood water."
Pic credit: Dorset Fire and Rescue Service
Several weather related incidents attended so far inc trees down onto cars, no one injured please #staysafe #Dorset http://t.co/eKujdhMfzZ— @DorsetFire 23 December 2013
Fallen trees are blocking many rail lines and roads in the South and West. Main line to Dorset blocked near Brockenhurst.— @DorsetTransport 23 December 2013
We're getting reports of a tree down near the Range, Dorchester.
Burton Bradstock beach this morning, photographed by Barbara Hackworthy (staying at a very safe distance) http://t.co/qHzB6J6sYO— @bridportn0tice 23 December 2013
"Live flood warnings map updates evry 15mins. It shows locations at risk: http://t.co/2Y8wawZQZs #ukstorm http://t.co/M6ShM09SXp” @EnvAgency— @Hfgs 23 December 2013
216(Yeovil-Dorchester) running late due to bad weather, also service 44(Bridport-Botherhampton) running late due to bad weather.— @DAMORYCOACHES 23 December 2013
The A30 is blocked and traffic is building at Babylon Hill near Yeovil, because of a fallen tree.
The A35 East Road in Bridport is blocked both ways between A3066 Sea Road North and Lee Lane because of fallen power cables.
#StormSWT - Delays expected across our route as a 50 mph speed restriction is now in place.— @SW_Trains 23 December 2013
The First bus service X53 has resumed full service through Swyre and Abbotsbury after a fallen tree blocked the road earlier.
It's wet and wild out there. If you are on the roads please slow down and allow extra travel time. We don't want to see you this #Christmas— @swasFT 23 December 2013
The AA is advising home owners to take precautions if their home could be flooded during the extreme weather.
Director of AA Insurance Simon Douglas said: “If there is a real prospect of your home being flooded, move valuable items and furniture upstairs to place them on tables or worktops.
“Be especially careful to protect family heirlooms, pictures or documents that just can’t be replaced. Such things may have little monetary worth but considerable emotional value.”
He added: “It would also be good advice to move your car to higher ground and away from potential flood water too.
“Keep your phones fully charged, your important documents handy and warm, waterproof clothing ready in case the emergency services advise you to evacuate your home. As you leave, make sure your doors and windows are locked, too.”
Dislodged gutters, tiles, broken glass or other storm damage should be repaired as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
The B3157 Coast Road has now been fully reopened after a fallen tree earlier this morning.
Wind, rain and mini power-cuts are causing routers to reboot… #PurbeckBroadband— @PurbeckBB 23 December 2013
The AA’s specialist severe weather team has been deployed across the South West as high winds and heavy rain batter the region.
Darron Burness, head of the AA’s Flood rescue team, said: “We are working with the Environment Agency and the emergency services to provide support in the South West and elsewhere in southern counties.
“However, the situation is fast developing and we will change our plans to ensure we offer support where it is most needed. We expect the worst of the winds tomorrow (Christmas Eve) to be in Northern Ireland, south and central Scotland and northern England.”
He added: “Drivers should take considerable care while driving as the combination of high winds and heavy rain could be life threatening.
“Moving flood water is powerful, relentless and deceptively dangerous. A foot or 30cm of moving water can float your car possibly sweeping you into deeper water – so just stay out.”
Research shows that 54 per cent of drivers admitted they would drive through flood water, and 27 per cent said they would drive through moving flood water that is more than a foot deep.
- Drivers are being advised to:
- Check weather and traffic bulletins
- Keep their speed down
- Watch for branches or other debris on the road
- Be aware of sudden gusts of wind on exposed roads
Simon Douglas, director of AA Insurance, said: “If you break down on the motorway, get out of your car to a place of safety – high-sided vehicles may be affected by high winds and stray on to the hard shoulder.
“Drivers should make sure they have a fully-charged phone with them as well as warm, waterproof clothing."
High winds in West Dorset. Some trees blown over and a report of power cables down, A35 near Bridport. Take extra care on the roads.— @DorsetTraffic 23 December 2013
The Coast Road B3157 is closed between the Crown Roundabout in Burton Bradstock and Swyre due to the fallen tree.
The First bus service X53 from Bridport to Weymouth won't be going through Swyre and Abbotsbury as a fallen tree is blocking the road. The service is also running up to 40 minutes late.
Hearing reports of loose power cables on the A35 Mitsbubishi Garage roundabout. Traffic queuing up here.— @bridportn0tice 23 December 2013
Stay #weatheraware in #ukstorm - or weather+traffic website also points to latest for coach, ferries and airports— @highwaysagency 23 December 2013
The ranger team are reporting wild weather in West Lulworth:
Horrendous conditions in West Lulworth this morning. The sea is wild, waves crashing over Stair Hole and the... http://t.co/NdcOHIznyK— @LulworthRangers 23 December 2013
Reports of a tree down on the Coast Road (B3157) between Burton Bradstock and Swyre. Thanks to Nathan Goldstone for the update.— @bridportn0tice 23 December 2013
Broken down vehicle A35 Bridport area http://t.co/uisozmwW0g— @BridPoliceSNT 23 December 2013
Wind warnings are also in place:
Yellow Warning of Wind for South West England : Wiltshire, Dorset, Bournemouth, Poole, Somerset & Swindon vali... http://t.co/2D39eT524w— @metofficeSWEng 23 December 2013
Corfe Castle is closed due to the weather:
Also closed by weather are @AveburyNT and Stourhead in Wilts + Corfe Castle in Dorset. Keep safe and warm— @NTSouthWest 23 December 2013
South West Trains are warning people not to travel this afternoon unless absolutely necessary.
An amended timetable will be running from 1pm and tickets dated today will also be valid tomorrow.
Nice weather for ducks although you would have to be quackers to go outside! Stay safe and keep an eye on the forecasts. #Dorset— @DFRSFireControl 23 December 2013
Steve Trewhella posted this amazing picture of waves at Chesil Beach this morning:
Chesil beach, go on, remind yourselves that your still alive ....Ye Hah !! http://t.co/RFbtb6TXpW— @SteveTrewhella1 23 December 2013
RT @RNLI: Take extra care if you’re heading to the coast. Avoid exposed areas - big waves can sweep you off your feet. #UKstorm http://t.co…— @DorsetEchoRach 23 December 2013
#dorsetweather Flood warnings for West Bay, Chiswell & Lyme Regis Harbours. Flood alerts in other areas. http://t.co/LDiKgbe5kq— @TravelDorset 23 December 2013
Dorset Police have issued the following advice to travellers:
- In severe conditions don't travel unless you have to
- Keep your distance from other vehicles
- Keep your speed down - sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course
- Show consideration for other motorists especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads
- In severe weather consider whether your journey is necessary - don't travel unless you have to
- Don't take chances in wet weather, leave extra time to get to your destination
- When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights
- Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, as stopping distances increase in wet weather
- Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
- Consideration should be given to the depth of the water
- Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
- If motorists decide to drive through shallow water, they are asked to do so slowly and to be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.
RT @EnvAgency: If you’re driving home for Christmas steer clear of flooding. Check our live flood alerts map: http://t.co/jF3xrZqWEB #flood…— @Number10gov 23 December 2013
The Environment Agency has put flood warnings in place for Chiswell, Portland.
Warnings are also in place at West Bay Harbour and Lyme Regis Harbour.
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