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Weather, travel and traffic for Dorset - Saturday February 1
Updated 10:40am Sunday 2nd February 2014 in News
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- The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain, together with strong winds for the county.
- This coincides with high tides, full rivers and saturated ground.
- On the coast, waves are expected to be 5-6 metres high.
- Weymouth and Dorchester games on but Bridport called off
Following flood warnings for Weymouth and Portland last night, the area seems to have escaped from more flooding and heavy rain.
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Stormy seas at West Bay today taken by Echo reader Phil Horlock
Elaine Wells sent us this picture of the huge waves at Burton Bradstock this afternoon. Send your weather pictures to email@example.com or tweet @dorsetecho
The Environment Agency is warning that the Causeway between Portland and Wyke Regis may become impassable. Dangerous wave overtopping including shingle is possible. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this Flood Warning is in force is 8:15 pm today. The forecast wind direction is South Westerly The forecast wind strength is Force 8
All weekend, trains will not run between Southampton Central and Bournemouth. Rail replacement road transport will operate between Southampton Airport Parkway and Bournemouth.From 1st to 2nd February.
A new set of flood warnings has been issued for Weymouth and Portland tonight.
Weymouth Esplanade and Park District including: Albert Street, Brownlow Street, Stuarts Ct, Brunswick Terrace, Chelmsford Street, Crescent Street, Derby Street, Hardwick Street, King Street, Lennox Street, Park Street, Penny Street, Queen Street, Ranelagh Rd, Stanley St and Walpole St in Weymouth
Portland beach Road including: Chesil Bank and The Fleet Nature Reserve and Ferry Bridge Marine Services.
The Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmoor
Brandy Row, Pebble Lane, Victoria Road up to the junction with Queens Road, the car park and the Depot in Chiswell
The following Flood Warning will remain in force for two hours following the time of high tide. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this Flood Warning is in force is: 21:45 pm (Local time) tonight The forecast wind direction is South Westerly The forecast wind strength is Force 8
• Never drive through water unless you know for a fact that it’s not too deep.
• Take it steady and adjust your speed to the conditions.
• Use a low gear so the engine’s revs are higher, otherwise water in the exhaust could damage the catalytic converter.
• Waves can be incredibly destructive so drive slowly and steadily to avoid creating them.
• If steering does become unresponsive, ease off the accelerator and slow down gradually.
• Test your brakes as soon as you can after leaving the water.
• Don't ever attempt driving through fast-moving water, as your car could very easily be swept away.
• If you experience aquaplaning, hold the steering wheel lightly and ease off the accelerator until your tyres regain their grip with the road.
• Should you break down in heavy rain, keep the bonnet shut until help arrives as rain-soaked electrics can make it even more difficult to start your car.
A Few Facts From The AA…
A mere 60cm (two feet) of standing water can float a car, just 30cm (a foot) of flowing water is enough to move the average family car, it only takes 15cm (six inches) of fast flowing water to knock you off your feet and an eggcup full of water sucked into the engine can be enough to ruin it.
Still flooding on A35 Dorchester bypass eastbound in Dorchester before Football Ground Roundabout. Take care on he roads as there is a lot of standing water around.
Winds are picking up and more rain is on the way.
TODAY’S games involving Weymouth and Dorchester Town are set to go ahead, but Bridport’s trip to Slimbridge is off because of a waterlogged pitch.
The Terras’ home match against Stourbridge and the Magpies’ fixture away at Farnborough are on, despite the heavy rain over the last few days.
However, Bridport will have to wait until Tuesday, when they are due to host Brislington, for their next game after the pitch at Slimbridge failed a morning pitch inspection.
If you are heading further afield today:
Uddens Drive in Holt is closed at the A31 junction, because of flooding.
B3081 in Tollard Royal closed in both directions between the Donhead Hollow junction and the Oakley Lane junction, because of an unsafe building caused by the flooding.
B3065 Pinecliff Road in Poole closed in both directions between the Beach Road junction and the Westminster Road junction, because of flooding.
On the coast, waves are expected to be five to six metres high. This means that there is a possibility of waves crashing onto promenades and coastal paths at high tide that could put lives at risk.
The rainfall will add to the already full rivers and flooding is expected in areas that have already been flooded over the last couple of months.
Dorset County Council’s emergency planning and highways teams are working with a number of agencies to keep residents informed, roads open and facilities available if needed.
People are also being advised to take extra care along cliffs and beaches. Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay in the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground. With the continuing wet weather more landslides are expected.
The agencies working together include the Environment Agency, town, parish, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency, utility companies and the emergency services.
Simon Parker, the county council’s emergency planning officer, said:
“We’re gearing up to make sure we are ready for this weekend’s weather. It’s also a reminder to residents to prepare, either by protecting their homes or checking travel advice before they start a journey.
“Earlier in the month we had drivers ignoring road closed signs and creating waves that flooded properties. If road users cannot avoid driving through water then take care and drive slowly.”
Flood alerts are in place for:
East Coast of Dorset- including Swanage, Preston Beach and Weymouth
West Dorset Rivers and Streams
Upper Frome and Tributaries
West Coast of Dorset
Weymouth Rivers and Streams
River Piddle and Tributaries
Groundwater flooding in the West Dorset area
Lower Frome and Tributaries
Flood warnings in place this morning for:
Upper Frome from maiden Newton to Dorchester.
River Brit at Newtown, and Southgate Old Mill, Beaminster
Lyme Regis Harbour
West Bay Harbour
Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke
River Yeo from Yeovil to Langport
Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham
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We will be here all day, keeping you updates on the latest weather, traffic and travel as Dorset prepares for more rain and high winds.
This morning there is flooding on the A35 Dorchester bypass just before Football Ground Roundabout.
West Stafford Bypass is closed due to flooding.
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