Weather and travel updates

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  • Gale Force winds are expected later today- Gale Force 8 by midday and Gale Force 9 by 4pm.
  • Flood warnings are still in place for Chiswell, Portland Harbour and the River Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke.
  • The Environment Agency says high sea levels, strong winds and large waves will increase the risk of flooding.
  • The Met Office has issued an AMBER weather warning for rain from 3pm today until 11pm on Saturday.

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That's all for this evening. We'll pick up again in the morning.

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The ploughing match due to be held on Saturday, February 8 on Kingston Maurward College land has been cancelled due to adverse weather conditions. 

The match has been re-scheduled for the following Saturday, February 15,  same instruction and location.

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Flood water is causing problems across the county.

A35 Dorset - Flooding on A35 in Dorchester at Monkeys Jump Roundabout.

A350 Dorset - The road is just passable on A350 in both directions in Blandford Forum between the B3082 Milldown Road junction and the A357 junction.

The Esplanade in West Bay is closed between the Quayside junction and the West Cliff Road junction, because of debris, benches and sandbags on the road.

The West Stafford bypass is closed between the Bockhampton Lane junction and the Highgate Lane junction, because of flooding.

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Remember to check out our February Storm photo gallery.

It is made up of both reader and Echo photographer shots.

Click here to take a look.

 

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Jo Drake sent us this dramatic shot of Chesil Beach earlier.

The picture was taken during Wednesday's storm.

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RESIDENTS and council workers turned out to clean up after the most ferocious storm in decades despite warnings of worse to come.

Chiswell on Portland was left strewn with pebbles following the storm, which was described as the worst in 30 years.

Boats and benches were smashed and homes were left with flood damage.

Onlookers reported surges of up to a foot deep as waves breached the sea defences and crashed over houses.

Head of emergency planning Grant Armfield said at least 40 tonnes of pebbles and debris had been left on the roads.

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Our reporter Tara Cox was down at Weymouth Beach today.

She found out about the clean-up following debris that has been washed up following high tides yesterday.

Mike Westwood, Dorset County Council's highway manager, said: "We have been leading the clean up in Weymouth and Portland, working with the borough council.

“We have been assisting with men, a digger and gully cleaning equipment along with the Dorset Waste partnership that have provided sweepers.

“We hope to have the majority of the material cleared by Friday.”

Ian Bruce, Weymouth and Portland Borough Council Brief Holder for Leisure and Tourism said: “The borough council owns Weymouth Beach and tries to keep it looking good whatever the weather.

“We have been out clearing bits of debris that were left by the storm or have been exposed by the tides and are hoping to replenish the sand early next month.”

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Motorists are being urged to take care due to flooding at Monkey's Jump roundabout near Dorchester.

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THE Dorset weather taskforce is advising people across the county to be prepared for the next storm.

The multi-agency group is urging residents to secure their property to prevent winds ripping items up and causing more damage.

The Environment Agency and the Met Office are warning that high winds and waves coupled with heavy rainfall are due to hit the county tomorrow and over the weekend.

There is a possible risk to life with coastal defences depleted and the prospect for river flooding due to the continuing stormy weather.

Simon Parker, Dorset County Council’s emergency planning officer said: “When a severe weather warning is issued it means that your day will be different. Personal preparations ahead of these warnings are essential, whether it’s getting ready for floods or changing travel plans.

“A number of agencies are working together to ensure people are informed of the dangers and plans are in place if evacuations are needed.

“Local residents can help by ensuring their properties are protected, Garden furniture secured and that any drainage ditches are clear. People, their cars and possessions should be moved to a safe or higher location.”

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South Dorset MP was on Portland earlier talking to residents

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Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew closed because of flooding.

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Esplanade in West Bay closed between the Quayside junction and the West Cliff Road junction, because of debris, benches and sandbags on the road.

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Flooding on A35 in Dorchester at Monkeys Jump Roundabout.

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Stuart Morris sent us this video he took of the storms at Chesil Beach

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There are no plans at the moment to close Preston Beach Road or Portland Beach Road tonight or tomorrow morning.
However, the authorities are monitoring the situation.

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A flood warning has been issued for the River Wey from Upwey to Weymouth.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "Water levels in the River Wey from Upwey to Weymouth are rising. Further rainfall is expected throughout the day."

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Debris on West Bay Esplanade includes benches and sandbags on the road.

This is set to be cleared by the end of the day.

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South Dorset MP Richard Drax is helping out on Portland this afternoon.

He has been meeting up with residents impacted by the wild weather in Chiswell.

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Here is the latest for Chiswell from the Enviironment Agency-

A spokesman said: "Due to continuing large waves and long swell period the Flood Warning for Chiswell will remain in force for today’s and tonight’s high tide. "The times of peak water for which these Flood Warnings are in force are: 12 midday and 10:45 pm.

"The recent event damage to the flood defences and reduced profile of the beach may increase the risk of flooding.

"Further stormy weather is forecast Friday through to Sunday. At the onset of sea water overtopping the beach, conditions will be very dangerous. Please ensure that large items, such as wheelie-bins, are tied down and that vehicles are moved away from areas behind the defences.

"Please follow your personal floodplan, and be advised to keep away from the beach and promenade area."

12:19pm

Flood alerts are now no longer in force for Portland harbour and Preston Beach

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Picture of Ferrybridge by Jo Drake-Leake.

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Pictures of the Portland clean up today.

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Residents in Chiswell are putting out an appeal for help - calling on neighbours and residents on the Isle to come and help out with the clean up.

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Speaking to reporter Rachel Stretton in Chiswell just now, Head of Emergency Planning with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council, Grant Armfield, said: "There's an estimated 40 tonnes of debris along Chiswell.
"Teams are now working to clear hazards from the road and help residents sweep mud and debris from their homes."
He added: "Another 300 sandbags will be delivered to the area later today."

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Just added some more pictures to our storm picture gallery- click here.

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Here's another dramatic shot from Ellie Sandrey

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Ellie Sandrey sent us these Chesil Beach shots from yesterday.

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Here's a link to a video by Chiswell Flood put on You Tube- it shows the waves coming over Chesil Beach.

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And the Portland siren:

 

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Here are some videos from yesterday in case you haven't seen them yet:

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South Dorset MP Richard Drax said that all the emergency services and Environment Agency had done a fantastic job yesterday helping out on Portland.

He is now calling on them to continue their good work and  help with the clear up.

He said: "Please, you have done a good job so far, please go down there and sort out the remaining issues."

Mr Drax said that hopefully the various agencies would be on scene later to help clear the pebbles and help to pump out the last puddles of standing water in Chiswell.

7:52am

The Met Office have issed an AMBER weather warning for rain from 3pm today until Saturday at 11pm.

A spokesman said: "Further spells of heavy and persistent rain will affect southern parts of England and south Wales from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning, and again from late Friday evening until early Saturday followed by frequent heavy showers.

"Gales will accompany the rain during Saturday with severe gales likely for exposed coasts in southwest England.

"The public should be prepared for disruption due to flooding."

7:50am

Just spoken to Portland Coastguards. They say that the next high tide is 10.53am and low tide at 4.10pm.
There are Gale Force warnings for later. A Gale Warning was issued at 3.53am for winds of Force 8 that will hit the area by around midday.
The gales are veering North Westerly increasing to severe Gale Force 9 by around 4pm.

Coastguards are urging people to STAY AWAY from the coast, not to wade through flood water and stay safe.

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Flood warnings still in place for Chiswell and Portland Harbour but not in force for Weymouth and Preston now

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And the rain has hit Weymouth- what's it like by you?

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Flooding on West Stafford bypass

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Swanage Esplanade in Swanage closed between the Institute Road junction and the Ulwell Road junction, because of flooding.

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Good morning

We are back with you today carryiong on our live coverage.

No flooding reported so far.

11:18pm

We'll pick up again tomorrow. Stay safe everyone.

Catherine Bolado will be giving all the latest weather and travel updates from 7am.

11:14pm

Latest: Preston Beach Road is closed overnight due to risk of coastal flooding.

Portland Beach Road is being monitored and may close tonight.

Severe weather warnings are no longer in force but there are flood warnings for Chiswell on Portland, Portland Harbour and the River Frome east of Dorchester.

Dorset is at risk of flooding for the remainder of the week and into the weekend as widespread bands of rain are forecast.

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Sean Foote of Portland got this video of dramatic scenes at Chiswell earlier today:

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There’s more bad weather on the way and the Met Office is warning the public to be prepared for disruption caused by flooding.

A yellow weather warning is in place from midnight and this has been upgraded to a more severe amber warning from 3pm tomorrow.

A spokesperson for the Met Office said: “Further spells of heavy and persistent rain will affect southern parts of England and south Wales from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning, and again from late Friday evening until early Saturday followed by frequent heavy showers.

“Gales will accompany the rain during Saturday with severe gales likely for exposed coasts in southwest England.”
 

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Reader Sue Hogben sent in these pictures of waves at Newton Cove and the pier.

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And photographer Graham Hunt got this video of waves crashing over the Cobb at Lyme Regis:

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Our reporter Oscar Tollast got this video of the sirens going off on Portland this morning:

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South West Trains expect to run a normal service tomorrow after the severe weather today.

A spokesman said: "Forecasters are predicting heavy rain throughout the evening, however the winds thatreached as high as 60mph today have subsided, allowing speed restrictions implemented at 10am this morning to be lifted.

"We are planning a normal service tomorrow, based on the forecast which predicts easing weather conditions.

"Over the last 24 hours we have had additional staffworking across the network to ensure that tracks were cleared as quickly as possible with minimum disruption to planned services. 

"We're sorry for anyinconvenience caused by the weather and thank passengers for their patience.

"We will continue to closely monitor the Met weather forecast and will run testing trains throughout the evening to ensure tracks are clear for our morning services."

6:44pm

Here's the latest on the roads:

  • Preston Beach Road to be clsoed from 8pm tonight due to severe weather
  • Portland Beach Road is being monitored by the authorities and may be closed
  • The West Stafford bypass is closed due to flooding
  • Swanage Esplanade is closed between the Institute Road junction and the Ulwell Road junction because of flooding

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Flood alerts still in place for West Dorset rtivers and streams and Weymouth Harbour

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South Dorset MP went to Portland to see how the residents were getting on after this morning's storm.
He said that there was great community spirit on the Isle.
Mr Drax said: "Everyone is smiling and carrying on as normal. Portlanders are an amazing group of people."
Mr Drax paid tribute to the work of the emergency services and the Environment Agency.

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Lyme Regis beach huts were battered by storms.
The high tides reached the Cart Road huts, covering the seafront with stones and dragging the huts out towards the sea.
Huts at the eastern end of the seafront were worst affected, with doors ripped off and people’s belongings strewn across the beach.
Council staff helped the hirers move their belongings, cleared away damaged doors, and tidied up the debris littering the beach.
Town clerk John Wright said: “Town council staff were taken off normal duties to clear the Cart Road. Our tractor is moving the shingle off the Cart Road and putting it back onto the beach.
“We are boarding up the damaged day huts as a temporary measure but we need to get through the bad weather that is forecast later on in the week before we decide whether they need to be repaired or replaced.
“We have notified the people hiring the affected huts and the owners of the two private huts.
“Although there is significant damage, we have to put this into perspective – so far the sea defence system has worked well.”
Storage containers at Rinky Tinks ice cream parlour were also dragged out but were left intact, and stones from the beach filled the area usually occupied by tables, chairs and umbrellas.
Lyme Regis Mayor, Cllr Sally Holman said: “It was a very unusual and damaging storm but the beach has done its job.
“Everyone is working together to limit the damage and put things right.
“I’m very pleased with all of our staff and the West Dorset team.”

 

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Flood warnings are no longer in force for Chiswell, Weymouth Esplanade, West Bay and Lyme Regis

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We've been sent this fantastic shot by photographer Simon Emmett of a wave that looks like a face in Lyme Regis yesterday:

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For more photos see our storm picture gallery here: http://bit.ly/1kd9FPw

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More Chesil views:

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Weymouth Esplanade earlier

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Geoff Winkley sent us this incredible picture of the waves hitting the Portland Harbour wall earlier

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Alex Sergison sent us these pictures of Chiswell earlier

 

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Preston Beach Road will be closed tonight from 8pm-midnight due to flood fears.
Portland Beach Road will be monitored across this time and county council officers will be on standby to close it if necessary.
The evacuation centres at Portland Heights Hotel and Weymouth College will be on standby for use in case of emergency.
High tide tonight will be around 10.30pm.

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Police officers have reported a busy day around West Bay, Charmouth and Lyme Regis due to the storm.
Bridport Police Inspector Mike Darby said: “Clearly it has been impacting every coastal area.
“We had to close the Esplanade in West Bay this morning.
“We were stopping people going on. There were lots of people there taking photographs but we need to keep people back from the danger areas.
“If it is looking like it is jeopardising people’s homes, trying to help evacuate them.
“We had fears we were going to have to evacuate a couple of people from West Bay this morning but luckily when it was looking like it was dangerously close the tide turned.”

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Portland Beach Road is open!

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The Portland Town Council meeting tonight into the council tax precept has been cancelled due to the bad weather.

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MORE heavy rain and high winds are expected to hit Dorset this week.
Forecasters have issued an amber rain warning until Saturday with residents told to be prepared for further flooding.
The MET office said: “Further spells of heavy and persistent rain will affect southern parts of England and south Wales from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning, and again from late Friday evening until early Saturday followed by frequent heavy showers.
“Gales will accompany the rain during Saturday with severe gales likely for exposed coasts in southwest England.”
The public should be prepared for disruption due to flooding.
The amber warning is in place between 3pm today (THURS) AND 11pm on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “This means flooding is expected- be prepared.”
Residents are being urged to stick by the following advice:
- Remain vigilant and ensure you access the latest weather forecast
- Consider re-scheduling your journey.
- Don't drive or walk through flood water
- Think about preparing for flooding and take precautions where possible
- Check flood warning page
- Call Floodline 0845 988 1188 for the latest flooding information

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MORE heavy rain and high winds are expected to hit Dorset this week.
Forecasters have issued an amber rain warning until Saturday with residents told to be prepared for further flooding.
The MET office said: “Further spells of heavy and persistent rain will affect southern parts of England and south Wales from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning, and again from late Friday evening until early Saturday followed by frequent heavy showers.
“Gales will accompany the rain during Saturday with severe gales likely for exposed coasts in southwest England.”
The public should be prepared for disruption due to flooding.
The amber warning is in place between 3pm tomorrow and 11pm on Saturday.
A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “This means flooding is expected- be prepared.”
Residents are being urged to stick by the following advice:
- Remain vigilant and ensure you access the latest weather forecast
- Consider re-scheduling your journey.
- Don’t drive or walk through flood water
- Think about preparing for flooding and take precautions where possible
- Check flood warning page
- Call Floodline 0845 988 1188 for the latest flooding information

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THE MET office has issued an amber flood warning for Dorset tomorrow.

This means flooding is expected - be prepared.

- Remain vigilant and ensure you access the latest weather forecast

- Consider re-scheduling your journey.

- Don’t drive or walk through flood water

- Think about preparing for flooding and take precautions where possible

- Check flood warning page

- Call Floodline 0845 988 1188 for the latest flooding information

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Portland Beach Road still closed- Dorset Police doing checks

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RESIDENTS are being urged to stay away from unstable cliffs as high tides batter the Jurassic coastline.

A spokesman for Portland Coastguard told the Echo that people had been putting their lives at risk all morning.

The spokesman added: "When people put themselves at risk they then put others at risk.

"Please stay away and do not put yourself or others in danger.

"The cliffs are beginning to crumble.

"People are continuing to risk their lives along the coastline. Stay in a safe place."

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Closures to some borough paths and cemeteries:

Weymouth & Portland Borough Council is closing some paths and cemeteries due to severe weather.
Weymouth Cemetery and Melcombe Regis Cemetery are closed for the remainder of the day due to potential risk of trees falling.
The borough council’s parks and gardens department has closed the top path of Nothe Gardens and also Nothe Parade from Weymouth Sailing Club to the end of the stone pier as a precautionary measure due to the severe weather.
A section of The Rodwell Trail has also been closed from the Prince of Wales Road entrance (near Asda) to the access point at Buxton Road by the tunnel. This is due to a fallen tree.
All of these closures will remain for the rest of today.

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Preston Beach Road is OPEN.

It's hoped Portland Beach Road will open by 3pm.

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Both Portland Beach Road and Preston Beach Road remain closed.

Will update you guys asap!

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The White House Hotel sent us this picture of the aftermath of the storms at Charmouth

 

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We are waiting to hear when Portland Beach Road will be opened.

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Cristina Smith took this picture of Portland at 11.40am.

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Ray Holland sent us this dramatic Portland picture:

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Reg Pengelly sent this picture of the Melplash Showground

 

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Tracey West sent us these pictures of Lyme Regis.

 

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Met Ofice are predicting AMBER weather warnings for Dorset- for rain and high winds for today, tomorrow and Friday.

The warning is in force until Saturday evening.

A spokesman said: "Further spells of heavy and persistent rain will affect southern parts of England and south Wales from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning, and again from late Friday evening until early Saturday followed by frequent heavy showers.

"Gales will accompany the rain during Saturday with severe gales likely for exposed coasts in southwest England.

"The public should be prepared for disruption due to flooding."

 

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Alex Sergison sent us these pictures of Chiswell and Portland Beach Road

 

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Alex Sergison is head of outdoor provision at Weymouth College.
Students use Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy for lessons.
Mr Sergison said that at 9am they were alerted to the fact Portland Beach Road was closed.
He said he and a colleague went into Chiswell to help sandbag his colleague’s house.
He described the flood water, saying: “There were quite a few storm surges. The waves were coming up and over the beaches and flowing down the alleyways.”
He added the water was quite deep in the alleyways but that after ten minutes it was draining away.
He said: “It was knee deep.”

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West Bay and Charmouth flooded.

 

11:09am

Lorry blown over on A35 near Askerswell.

Dorset police have said that the road is closed to all high-sided vehicles due to the high winds.

One lane of the east bound carriageway is closed and recovery is being arranged for the lorry. The lorry blew over close to where the carriageway goes from two lanes to one.

The driver had minor injuries.

 

 

 

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Weymouth and Portland Borough Councillor Sandra West lives on Portland.
She battled back through the flood water with the help of some very kin drivers: Chris and Mal.
She said the waves were breaking over Chesil Beach and the conditions were ‘horrendous’ this morning.
She said: “Water was pouring on to the beach road- it was coming through the culverts.”
She added: “It’s horrendous. The beach road is awash with water.”
The Environment Agency and Dorset Highways had done a great job, Cllr West said. She urged people not to go out to the coast and take photographs, she added: “It’s really dangerous.”

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MESSAGE FROM SEALIFE:

Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park and Tower will be closed to guests today due to the adverse weather conditions and road closures. We will be opening the main building for SEA LIFE Local Annual Pass redemptions from 11am-7pm – weather permitting and will update with further developments.

Updates will be posted on the Weymouth SEA LIFE Adventure Park Facebook and Twitter page and website: www.sealifeweymouth.com.

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 Dorset Fire and Rescue reports of an overturned lorry on A35 at Askerwell

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Waves coming over Chesil Cove

 

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The sirens have just gone off again at Chiswell, warning of the imminent threat of overtopping.

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Here are some pictures of Portland from this morning. High tide is 10.21am this morning and Storm Force 10 winds expected.

 

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Weymouth beach up by Greenhill this morning

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Our reporter Oscar Tollast is on scene on Portland this morning. He was one of the last people to get across Portland Beach Road before it closed. He will be tweeting from the scene.

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Portland Beach Road is now closed

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A HUGE tree blocked the access to West Bay after it crashed across the road overnight.
West Bay road was blocked off at the Haddon House Hotel roundabout and at the junction to the harbour.
Workmen have begun to clear the tree.

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Fallen tree at Camp Road in Wyke Regis is blocking the North Road junction

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BREAKING NEWS: The sirens have just gone off at Chiswell, warning of the imminent threat of overtopping.

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Last night's sign going across to Portland.

Today the wind strength is Force 10.

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From Bridport Town and West Bay Safer Neighbourhood Team:- here are some of the latest closures.


* Muddyford Lane in Morcombelake is blocked
* West Bay Road is closed outside the Haddon House Hotel in West Bay due to unstable trees
* There is a tree resting on a BT cable near East Lodge, Wootton Fitzpaine.
* Tree down near Waytown, on the diversion route for the 3066.
* Tree blocking the road on Hollow Way, Bothenhampton.

There is also a flood warning for West Bay this morning.

Officers are urging poeple to be safe and take care while driving.

 

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There is a tree down on Eype Down Road just round the corner from the sawmill. Right across road, can't drive past.

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Coastguards searched for a missing dog in last night's bad weather.
Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Weymouth sent Lulworth Coastguard Rescue team to help members of the public in the search for a missing dog in the Durdle Door area last night.
But despite the search and with the weather getting worse, the white German shepherd dog called Blondie was not found.
The search will not resume today.

 

 

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Preston Beach Road will be closed at 8am.

Coastguards have said high tide will be at 10.21am this morning for Portland and Storm Force 10 winds are predicted.

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Preston Beach Road to close at 8am this morning due to flood risk.

High Tide is at 11am.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: "The forecast wind direction are South South East and South South West with the forecast wind strengths at Force 9 and Force 10.

"Very strong winds and high waves are expected along the Dorset coast this morning.

"The public are advised to stay away from sea fronts and beaches as conditions represent a significant risk to life. Cliffs are also likely to be unstable following the storm conditions."

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Flood Warnings for: Weymouth Harbour and Lakeside Walk inc The Gurkha, Portland Harbour at Ferybridge inc Chesil Bank and Osprey Quay, Weymouth Seafront ad Town Centre, Swanage Bay, Weymouth Seafront and Preston Beach.

 

Flood Alerts in place for: West Dorset rivers and streams, Weymouth HarbourWest Coast of Dorset

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12:24am Wed 5 Feb 14

Zummerzet Lad says

Dorset now on AMBER warning for wind for Weds

7:04am

Good morning.

 

Hope you are all well. More winds and heavy rain will continue to batter Dorset today so please take care on the roads.

In West Bay on the B3157 there's a fallen tree blocking the road and there's another at Affpuddle on the B3390.

West Stafford Bypass is still closed due to flooding.

 

Please send your weather pictures to: newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk or tweet @Dorsetecho

10:55pm

We'll pick up again tomorrow morning, keeping you up to date with the latest travel and weather news.

Don't forget:

Preston Beach Road will be closed again tomorrow morning due to risk of tidal flooding.

Monitoring continues at Portland Beach Road tonight and tomorrow morning with authorities on standby to close the road.

Severe flood warnings have been issued for Weymouth seafront, West Bay and Lyme Regis harbours for around high tide, 10am Wednesday.

Winds blowing up to force 10 and huge waves are battering the Dorset coast tonight and tomorrow morning. People are urged to stay away from the coast.

Delays expected on South West Trains as a shuttle service runs between Weymouth and Bournemouth.

10:30pm

Latest summary from the Environment Agency: Today and tomorrow high tides, a positive surge, strong winds and large waves combine to bring a risk of significant impacts from coastal flooding to much of south-west England coastlines. Severe coastal flooding impacts are likely in parts of the Dorset coastline tomorrow morning, particularly at West Bay, Weymouth, Preston Beach and Chiswell. Large waves are expected to affect these coastal areas, bringing a danger to life and risk of road and property flooding. Heavy rainfall later today and into tomorrow brings a low flood risk from rivers and surface water to south-west England.

10:24pm

B3390 at Affpuddle closed due to a fallen tree

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10:01pm

West Bay Road in Bridport is closed due to a fallen tree.

9:52pm

Fallen trees are causing problems for motorists on the A35 in west Dorset. The road is blocked eastbound at Morcombelake. A blockage further west towards the Devon border has now been cleared.

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8:33pm

It's possible that Portland Beach Road will be closed tonight and tomorrow morning due to the risk of tidal flooding. No decision reached yet. The photograph shows a closure in place last month.

Dorset Echo:

8:05pm

Flood warnings for tomorrow morning are also in place for Preston Beach Road and the surrounding area.

Other areas include in Weymouth include  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.

8:01pm

The MET office has issued severe flood warnings- which means danger to life- for  Weymouth Seafront, Lyme Regis Harbour and West Bay Harbour from 10am tomorrow morning.

Cliffs are also likely to be unstable during and following the weather conditions.

Flooding is also expected in Chiswell, Portland.

7:57pm

Agencies across Dorset are getting ready for the next set of weather systems to hit the county.

This week will see storm conditions batter the coastline with winds reaching force nine combined with more rain.

A number of severe weather warnings have been issued along the coastline and rest centres are on standby in case of evacuation.

The agencies working with Dorset County Council include the Environment Agency, town, parish, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency, utility companies and the emergency services.

On the coast, waves are expected to be up to nine metres high.

This means that there is a possibility of waves crashing onto beaches, promenades and coastal paths at high tide that could put lives at risk if people get too close.

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.

Rainfall of 20mm is expected over the next three days.

This will add to the already full rivers and flooding is expected in areas that have already been flooded over the last couple of months.

Simon Parker, the county council’s emergency planning officer, said: “We’re preparing for another onslaught of weather this week. We have the rest centres on standby in case we need to evacuate people from their homes.

"Residents should prepare for flooding in the affected areas and remember to bring any prescription medication with them if they are evacuated.

“Drivers need to check their routes and give themselves more time.

"If road users cannot avoid driving through water then take care and drive slowly to avoid damaging vehicles and creating waves that flood nearby properties.”

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12:24am Wed 5 Feb 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Dorset now on AMBER warning for wind for Weds
Dorset now on AMBER warning for wind for Weds Zummerzet Lad
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8:03am Wed 5 Feb 14

ino69 says...

There is a tree down on Eype Down Road just round the corner from the sawmill. Right across road, can't drive past.
There is a tree down on Eype Down Road just round the corner from the sawmill. Right across road, can't drive past. ino69
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3:26pm Wed 5 Feb 14

osmington4 says...

What would be really helpful would be if the Enviromental Agency could let people know that the Preston Road is closed at Chalbury Roundabout as opposed to currently when you get to Joys..........absoul
utely crazy do none of these people have any common sense between them?
What would be really helpful would be if the Enviromental Agency could let people know that the Preston Road is closed at Chalbury Roundabout as opposed to currently when you get to Joys..........absoul utely crazy do none of these people have any common sense between them? osmington4
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