UPDATE Weather chaos: Severe weather warning for Preston Beach area

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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.

8:31pm

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.

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Stay safe and have a good evening.

 

8:28pm

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.

8:21pm

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.

8:17pm

 

Reader Sheila Hunn sent us this great shot of Chesil Beach during high tide today.

Dorset Echo:

8:07pm

A3030 in Bishop's Caundle blocked in both directions near the Caundle Lane junction, because of flooding.

7:52pm

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7:48pm

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7:00pm

A341 Magna Road Bearwood blocked in both directions between the King John Avenue junction and the Moortown Drive junction, because of flooding.

6:57pm

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6:43pm

Flood warnings in place for River Char in Charmouth, Bridport and West Bay.

 

6:41pm

 

6:41pm

6:25pm

6:06pm

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.

6:04pm

The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Preston Beach Road later this evening.

Shingle and spray will be dangerous.

5:50pm

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5:02pm

Our photographer has been out braving the weather. Here's stormy seas at West Bay earlier today.

Pic by John Gurd.

Dorset Echo:

4:57pm

Flooding is also expected at Chiswell, Portland, West Bay and Lyme Regis harbours and the River Char at Charmouth, according to the Environment Agency.

4:45pm

4:17pm

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.

4:04pm

3:58pm

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.
 

3:51pm

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.

3:49pm

The road in Lower Ansty near Piddlehinton is blocked in both directions between the Lower Ansty junction and the Mappowder junction, because of flooding.

3:34pm

Flights are also being affected by the weather:
 

3:25pm

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

Dorset Echo:

3:17pm

2:52pm

2:36pm

We're getting reports of a tree down near the Range, Dorchester.

2:34pm

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2:00pm

The A30 is blocked and traffic is building at Babylon Hill near Yeovil, because of a fallen tree.

1:54pm

The A35 East Road in Bridport is blocked both ways between A3066 Sea Road North and Lee Lane because of fallen power cables.

 

1:24pm

1:15pm

The First bus service X53 has resumed full service through Swyre and Abbotsbury after a fallen tree blocked the road earlier.

1:12pm

1:01pm

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.
 

12:46pm

The B3157 Coast Road has now been fully reopened after a fallen tree earlier this morning.

12:38pm

12:37pm

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."

12:28pm

12:24pm

The Coast Road B3157 is closed between the Crown Roundabout in Burton Bradstock and Swyre due to the fallen tree.

12:21pm

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.

12:13pm

12:12pm

11:55am

The ranger team are reporting wild weather in West Lulworth:

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There are also reports of heavy traffic both ways on the A351 Wareham bypass at the junction with the A352.

11:41am

Wind warnings are also in place:

11:20am

Corfe Castle is closed due to the weather:

10:59am

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.

10:54am

10:54am

Steve Trewhella posted this amazing picture of waves at Chesil Beach this morning:

10:45am

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10:34am

 Dorset Police have issued the following advice to travellers:

High Winds

  •     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

Wet Weather

  •     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

Heavy Rain

  •     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

Flooding

  •     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.

10:31am

10:28am

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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3:30pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Weston7 says...

Did any water or shingle come onto Preston Beach Road or Chiswell?
Did any water or shingle come onto Preston Beach Road or Chiswell? Weston7

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