LiveWeather, travel and traffic updates - Wednesday Feb 12

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Summary

  • Power cuts affected homes in Weymouth last night.
  • A month's worth is rain is expected this weekend.
  • Last night the Environment Agency had 16 “danger to life” severe flood warnings in place
  • A yellow warning for rain is in place from 3pm on Friday until noon on Saturday, bringing the risk of further flooding.
  • And Dorset could be battered by more gale force winds and heavy rain across the next two weeks.

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Dorset County Council tells us that its fleet of gritters will be out on the county's roads tonight from 9pm.

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There is a risk of ice on higher ground in some parts of Dorset this morning, the Met Office warns.

The good news, however, is that the strong winds of yesterday have decreased.

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Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew is closed between the Milborne Saint Andrew junction and the Milton Abbas junction, because of flooding.

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Thanks for reading. That's all for tonight. We will be back at 7am.

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Pictures of a tree down earlier today at Crock Lane Bridport

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Just got back from Portland- its now hailing in Weymouth!

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Our reporter Catherine Bolado is at the scene on Portland:

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Here's the latest traffic updates:

  • A35 at Winterborne Abbas is now CLEAR after an accident earlier today
  • Chickerell Road in Weymouth PARTIALLY BLOCKED at Abbotsbury Road because of a fallen tree
  • A354 Dorchester Hill at Winterborne Whitechurch PARTIALLY BLOCKED westbound due to a fallen tree
  • A35 between Bridport and Dorchester CLOSED to high-sided vehicles only because of high winds
  • Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew CLOSED due to flooding
  • A3049 Dorset Way in Bournemouth CLOSED westbound at Tower Park roundabout because of a fallen tree
  • A30 Sherborne Road at Milborne Port CLOSED at Gainsborough junction due to fallen tree

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Boards down at JJB Sport in Dorchester- thanks to reporter Samantha Harman for the pictures

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More of Graham Hunt's pictures from today at Portland

 

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Here's a few more Lyme Regis storm photos, taken by photographer John Gurd

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Fallen tree at Chickerell Road

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Take a look at these dramatic shots by our photographer John Gurd who has been braving the weather in Lyme Regis today.

 

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Here is the latest from Dorset Police with advice for motorists:

Due to the current weather conditions Dorset Police would like to warn members of the public not to travel unless absolutely necessary. This advice is intended for the next two hours. Officers have received a large number of reports of trees causing problems on the roads.
Advice to motorists:
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
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• 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.

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Some pictures from our photographer Graham Hunt of today at Chesil Cove

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Just spoken to Coastguards. They said the strongest winds recorded at Weymouth were 61 knots and an average of 41 knots.

Currently winds are at Storm Force 10. Over the next 24 hours the winds will be up to Gale force eight and then decreasing.

Seas are rough or very rough, becoming moderate later.

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1:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

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the main thing for everyone is to stay safe

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The Highways Agency is warning road users to be cautious as strong winds and heavy rain hit Dorset.

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Areas included in the flood warning for Chiswell include Brandy Row, Pebble Lane, Victoria Road up to the junction with Queens Road, the car park and the depot

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Flood warnings have been issued for Chiswell, Portland and for Preston Beach.

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A flood warning has been issued for Lyme Regis Harbour and 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: 16:45pm. T

he forecast wind direction is West South West and the forecast wind strength is Force 8.

 

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Here's a video by our reporter Oscar Tollast who is over at Portland today bringing the latest weather updates.

The video shows a digger shoring up on Chesil Beach this morning.

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The flood-hit South West of England needs a joined up, five year reconstruction and development plan to rebuild the economic, transport and social fabric, Unite, the country’s largest union, said today.

Unite regional secretary for the south west Laurence Faircloth said the resurrection of the South West of England Regional Development Agency (SWRDA), abolished by the coalition in 2012, needs to be considered as a vehicle to co-ordinate such a development plan.

Laurence Faircloth said: “What the terrible floods and the damage they have wreaked have shown is that the South West is the poor relation when politicians and civil servants formulate policy in London.

“We do need to change the image that the West Country is just a picture postcard holiday destination.

"It is also the home to five million people who need good transport infrastructure, homes that they can afford, defences against flooding and an economy that can sustain high levels of employment.

“The floods should be a wake-up call to government as they have highlighted these long-standing issues affecting the people of the South West.

“David Cameron has promised that  ‘money will be no object’, however Unite would like to know if this will be ‘new’ money or raiding the underspent budgets of other government departments.

“Climate experts said that the effects of the flooding could last until May and the government needs to act quickly to help those in agriculture and business who have lost their jobs.

"Those struggling, with perhaps no home or income coming in, need assistance now to put food on the table for their families.

“The government needs to be talking constantly to business and tourism representatives, as well as civic groups to refine what the South West needs on a daily basis. 

“There is also the question of what financial assistance may be forthcoming from the EU – this possible pot of money needs to be investigated as a matter of urgency by ministers.

“The South West needs a five year reconstruction and development plan and we believe that the re-formation of the SWRDA, foolishly abolished in 2012, would be an excellent vehicle to spearhead such a programme.”

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As part of their Chesil Beach Project, Underwater Explorers have been monitoring daily developments along the iconic beach.

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MASSIVE boulders from Portland quarries have been rolled into place at Preston Beach in an effort to shore up the sea defences.
The coast has taken a pounding by huge waves which have altered the shape of the coast.
Work started late on Friday to install ‘rock armour’ along the coast next to Preston Beach Road.
The Environment Agency is spending £100,000 on the operation at Preston Beach alone.

Here's a photo of emergency repair work being done at Preston Beach this week.

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Echo staff member Cheryl Barrett says click here to check out more on wind speeds across the UK.

The strongest winds are set to begin around midday when the high tide is due.

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The first peak in the winds is expected to be around midday.

There's also a yellow warning of rain.

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Here's a photo taken of PM David Cameron during his visit to Portland this week.

He praised the island community and all the volunteers for their good work following the storm.

See the post below to read more.

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During his visit to Portland this week, PM David Cameron praised the island's fight against the flooding.
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HIGH-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes should avoid travelling along the A35 during the severe weather.

The warning comes from the Highways Agency, in conjunction with the Met Office.

The Highways Agency is urging all road users to take care in the South West.

Road users are advised to plan their journeys before setting out, check weather conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

Traffic management director Simon Sheldon-Wilson said: “We are constantly monitoring the potential impact of weather on our network and are keeping a close eye on the current situation.

“Where flooding has caused problems, we have responded quickly to ensure the safety of road users and to re-open lanes and roads as quickly as possible.”

The Met Office is a forecasting a vigorous storm bringing spells of heavy rain across the country through Wednesday afternoon and evening, bringing 15 to 25mm of additional rainfall in areas already saturated.

A first peak in the winds is likely over the South West of England around the middle of Wednesday but with the main swathe of even stronger and potentially damaging winds crossing parts of northern England later in the day.

Winds are expected to be strong enough to cause severe damage to trees, structural damage and a risk from flying debris.

Expect a gradual decrease of the wind later in the night.

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First Great Western is urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

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The gale force winds are likely to continue into tomorrow.

Flood warnings are still in place on the River Frome, River Avon and the South Winterbourne Valley.

 

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A Met Office spokesperson said: “A vigorous area of low pressure is expected to move northeastwards across parts of the UK later on Wednesday.

"This is likely to be accompanied by a swathe of southwesterly gales across many areas which may be severe in places.

“A first peak in the winds is likely over southern and southwest England around the middle of Wednesday.

“The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies. In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts.”

 

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There is still flooding on the West Stafford bypass, the route is closed between the Bockhampton Lane junction and the Highgate Lane junction, because of flooding.

Also, Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew closed between the Milborne Saint Andrew junction and the Milton Abbas junction, because of flooding.

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Portland Coastguards at the Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Weymouth disseminate weather warnings and flood alerts to those along the coast.

They said there is a trend for periods of heavy rain and strong winds followed by a day or two of better weather, before the bad weather moves in again.

This could continue for the next few weeks.

A spokesman for the coastguard said: “The further you go forward in time the less accurate the predictions become. Certainly what's out there at the moment heading towards us isn't brilliant.”

Coastguards are warning people to stay away from cliff edges due to the increased risk of cliff falls.

 

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12:40pm Wed 12 Feb 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Looks like the Echo work experience guys have gone to work for the Environment Agency (:o))

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Flood Warning Issued at Preston Beech. For more info see: http://ow.ly/txMCY #floodaware
12:17 PM - 12 Feb 2014
Looks like the Echo work experience guys have gone to work for the Environment Agency (:o)) Environment AgencySW ✔ @EnvAgencySW Follow Flood Warning Issued at Preston Beech. For more info see: http://ow.ly/txMCY #floodaware 12:17 PM - 12 Feb 2014 IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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12:44pm Wed 12 Feb 14

IslandJim1 says...

Looks like I may be heading home from work an hr early today...high tide at Chesil Cove 5.13, keep the Beach Rd update coming please!
Looks like I may be heading home from work an hr early today...high tide at Chesil Cove 5.13, keep the Beach Rd update coming please! IslandJim1
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1:18pm Wed 12 Feb 14

bargain price says...

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10:33pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The truth is a lemon meringue says...

I was outside JJB Sports when it happen happened, it was total chaos and one point I feared for my life!
I was outside JJB Sports when it happen happened, it was total chaos and one point I feared for my life! The truth is a lemon meringue
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10:34pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The truth is a lemon meringue says...

The truth is a lemon meringue wrote:
I was outside JJB Sports when it happen happened, it was total chaos and one point I feared for my life!
I was outside JJB sports when it happened, it was total chaos and at one point I feared for my life!
[quote][p][bold]The truth is a lemon meringue[/bold] wrote: I was outside JJB Sports when it happen happened, it was total chaos and one point I feared for my life![/p][/quote]I was outside JJB sports when it happened, it was total chaos and at one point I feared for my life! The truth is a lemon meringue
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10:35pm Wed 12 Feb 14

The truth is a lemon meringue says...

The truth is a lemon meringue wrote:
I was outside JJB Sports when it happen happened, it was total chaos and one point I feared for my life!
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[quote][p][bold]The truth is a lemon meringue[/bold] wrote: I was outside JJB Sports when it happen happened, it was total chaos and one point I feared for my life![/p][/quote]* The truth is a lemon meringue
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