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- 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.
Dorset County Council tells us that its fleet of gritters will be out on the county's roads tonight from 9pm.
RT @TravelDorset: Great Western Cross Dorchester. Traffic Lights not working. Engineer advised, please drive with extra care.— @DorsetTransport 13 February 2014
Here's today's front page on a pair who were photographed getting dangerously close to huge waves on #Portland: http://t.co/0Bi0PwljKi— @Dorsetecho 13 February 2014
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.
Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew is closed between the Milborne Saint Andrew junction and the Milton Abbas junction, because of flooding.
Thanks for reading. That's all for tonight. We will be back at 7am.
RT @firstdorset: Askerswell has now reopened service 31 and X53 journeys held in Bridport and Dorchester will now operate— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @Traffic_SouthE: A35 now reopen between the Monkeys Jump and Mitsubishi Roundabouts (21:07)— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @DorsetRachel: Thoughts with all emergency service & other workers out in tonight's weather, esp @DorsetPolice & @DorsetFire. #Dorset #u…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @dorsetpolice: Do not take any risks driving through flood waters #UKStorms— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @FGW: We are running a limited service in many areas due to flooding. Please check http://t.co/BFQdROEfOT for info on alterations and al…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @DorsetWildlife: Stay clear of #Dorset's beaches today. If you find distressed birds after the storm see contact advice here http://t.co…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @SandbanksFerry: The crew estimate that the wind was in excess of 60mph. Thankfully it's calmed down now and a normal service is running.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Pictures of a tree down earlier today at Crock Lane Bridport
RT @CllrJaneSomper: @Dorsetecho poor Lucy the donkey unable to get out in to her field due to floods in Winterborne Whitechurch http://t.co…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: 2/2 A35 diversion via A356 and A3066 - follow signed route. Sorry for inconvenience.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: 1/2 A35 will be closed tonight from 7pm Bridport/Dorchester for around an hour while recovery of overturned vehicle takes…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Just got back from Portland- its now hailing in Weymouth!
#Portland #Chiswell #Chesil Beach http://t.co/wDRf6S8oEJ— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
High tide has now passed but big waves still battering the coast at Chiswell http://t.co/2LBa3KwXZ4— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Chiswell resident Dave Hain said he didn't think today's weather was as bad as it had been.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Keep your speed down – sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course #UKStorms— @dorsetpolice 12 February 2014
Waves at Chesil Beach http://t.co/Wcd5w0798u— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Our reporter Catherine Bolado is at the scene on Portland:
Its high tide now at Portland and so far there haven't been any waves breaching the beach.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Flooding on the A31 near Charlton Marshall. Delays especially westbound.— @DorsetTransport 12 February 2014
Taken this just now. It's mental down there! STAY SAFE #Lymeregis #Dorset #rain #storm http://t.co/pjoeeitKDi— @LymeBayHolidays 12 February 2014
In high winds, keep your distance from other vehicles #UKStorms— @dorsetpolice 12 February 2014
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
Crazy weather out there!!! #roughsea #lymeregis #dorset #weather #storm http://t.co/zX3PQxXVaP— @becca_overton 12 February 2014
Boards down at JJB Sport in Dorchester- thanks to reporter Samantha Harman for the pictures
RT @TravelDorset: We have NO plans to close either Portland Beach Road or Preston Beach Road any time soon - any further details will be ma…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: #dorsettrains SERVICE SUSPENDED Bournemouth to Poole due to electrical supply problems.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @dorsetpolice: Consideration should be given to the depth of the water before entering – 30cm is enough to float your car #UKStorms— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: We've received many reports of fallen trees across the county and are attempting to clear on a priority basis. Please tak…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
More of Graham Hunt's pictures from today at Portland
RT @TravelDorset: A354 Dorchester Hill (Puddletown to Blandford) - part blocked due to fallen tree.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @MartinJCox: Eype beach earlier this afternoon - high winds and large waves @WDLH @WessexFM http://t.co/csh4WRjWmf— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @bridportn0tice: Car windows are being smashed by the shingle lifted off the beach at West Bay. Thanks to Carly Clarke for photograph ht…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Here's a few more Lyme Regis storm photos, taken by photographer John Gurd
RT @dorsetpolice: When approaching standing water on the roads, please exercise caution #UKStorms— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @DefraGovUK: A tax helpline has been launched to support people affected by flooding http://t.co/bSPoNAqZXV #floodaware— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Stay clear of #Dorset's beaches today. If you find distressed birds after the storm see contact advice here http://t.co/8MSoMbLeDC— @DorsetWildlife 12 February 2014
Please show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays or blocked roads #UKStorms— @dorsetpolice 12 February 2014
Flood warming has now been issued by the EA for Chiswel Portland from 5pm :)— @StormWallace 12 February 2014
Fallen tree at Chickerell Road
Take a look at these dramatic shots by our photographer John Gurd who has been braving the weather in Lyme Regis today.
RT @DorchesterSNT: A35 remains open to all with a warning to high sided vehicles. Closures will go on later to assist recovery. http://t.co…— @FensecLtd 12 February 2014
The A35 has been closed to high-sided vehicles between #Dorchester and #Bridport. Read more here: http://t.co/vY1nlfqzL3— @DorsetEchoJo 12 February 2014
Tree down on A30 at Crackmore near Milborne Port.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
A354 Dorchester Hill (Puddletown to Blandford) - part blocked due to fallen tree.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Winds now over 70MPH in #Dorset! #Traffic desruption!— @weathernowuk 12 February 2014
Railway line through Sherborne has reopened and trains are running again London Waterloo to Exeter.— @DorsetTransport 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: Following discussion with @dorsetpolice - advisory: the A35 is CLOSED to high sided vehicles Dorchester to Bridport.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: Tree down - Crookhays, Shaftesbury blocking the road.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @liamdutton: A recent image from @eumetsat showing the latest #ukstorm battering our shores. #c4news http://t.co/gCYYtD3tPB— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: Tree down - road blocked at Dinah's Hollow (B3081)— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @dorsetforyou: Flooding has prevented some waste collections in Sandford Orcas and Clifton Maybank, West Dorset. Crews will revisit as s…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: Reports of a lorry blown over on it's side at A35 - Askerswell (between Dorchester and Bridport).— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @DorsetEchoOscar: It's still rather windy but a little bit of sunshine has arrived. http://t.co/QT5pydEJK1— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
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:
• 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 @TravelDorset: A35 at Winterbourne Abbas part blocked - delays, owing to a van having blown over on it's side near the jct with the B315…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: Reports - Tree down on Chickerell Road near Abbotsbury Road.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @matt21pro: Incredible weather! #westbay #dorset #stormy http://t.co/L0NCOZAAjT— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Some pictures from our photographer Graham Hunt of today at Chesil Cove
RT @TravelDorset: Just over the border into Somerset, and on the A37 towards Yeovil, the road is part blocked due to a landslip near Church…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @DFRSSwanageFire: It's very wet and windy out there. Please take care when out and about especially when driving. #swanage #Dorset— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @DFRSSwanageFire: It's very wet and windy out there. Please take care when out and about especially when driving. #swanage #Dorset— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
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.
RT @TravelDorset: #dorsetbuses @firstdorset: Svc 31: Won't be able too serve Axminster square due to a fallen tree. Service going straight …— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
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RT @Leeirv90: Postie Ross Lambe is continuing his deliveries, but said it's the worst weather he has ever worked in http://t.co/d6pLjbi74h— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @Leeirv90: Fisherman Alex Jones said most vicious wind he has ever seen. Said he is very concerned about his boat http://t.co/nSVY5SWp1k— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @Leeirv90: This is the scene at Lyme Regis. Wind nearing 70mph, storm force 11. The cobb has been closed off by authorities http://t.co/…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @MCA_media: Don't take risks. #999 #Coastguard MT "@bbcweather This photo was taken by Richard Broome in Chiswell, Dorset. http://t.co/m…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @DorsetEchoTara: Flood warnings have now been issued for #Chiswell, #Portland and Preston Beach, Weymouth today. Find out more here: htt…— @kayakclaire 12 February 2014
RT @DorsetEchoOscar: I've just been shown a few photos of #Portland being struck by a storm in 1979. http://t.co/ZoiQIOU9wc— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: Reports of a tree down blocking Stoke Road in both directions between Beaminster and Stoke Abbott. #dorsetweather— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @metofficeUK: Yellow Alert of Wind for South West England: Yellow Alert of Wind for South West England : Bournemouth, Cornwa... http://t…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @TravelDorset: #dorsettrains - Disruption to trains through Sherborne - a tree has fallen on the line near the station.— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
RT @DorsetEchoOscar: Claire Wigley bravely opened Mushy's burger bar in Chiswell this morning. It's now closed. She said: "It's unsafe." ht…— @Dorsetecho 12 February 2014
Reports of a tree down blocking Stoke Road in both directions between Beaminster and Stoke Abbott. #dorsetweather— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Yellow Alert of Wind for South West England: Yellow Alert of Wind for South West England : Bournemouth, Cornwa... http://t.co/YtIHdpQfD6— @metofficeUK 12 February 2014
The Highways Agency is warning road users to be cautious as strong winds and heavy rain hit Dorset.
With red weather warnings issued, we advise keeping away from exposed coastal areas. See our @metoffice blog for more:http://t.co/R1bmzwQv3S— @RNLI 12 February 2014
Pitts Lane blocked due to fallen tree at Bridewell Lane in Motcombe— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Flood Warning Issued at Preston Beech. For more info see: http://t.co/z3PX8jmCVP #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 12 February 2014
Flood Warning Issued at Chiswell. For more info see: http://t.co/lmzhtb3t6k #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 12 February 2014
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
Flood warnings have been issued for Chiswell, Portland and for Preston Beach.
The next couple of hours are going to be rough so if you don't have to travel then stay in and have an extra cuppa. Stay safe #Dorset— @DFRSFireControl 12 February 2014
Flood Warning issued at West Bay Harbour. More info here: http://t.co/UcZbeBmAra— @EnvAgencySW 12 February 2014
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.
Flood Warning Issued at Lyme Regis Harbour. For more info see: http://t.co/TAayOal3rD #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 12 February 2014
Lynda Davis, landlady of The Little Ship, said: "We've come off worse than anybody with regards to damage." http://t.co/egmNy5E8RK— @DorsetEchoOscar 12 February 2014
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.
Wind gusts - midday today (courtesy @metoffice) http://t.co/UmQeJEDZJP— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Landlady Amanda Broughton-South says windows will remain boarded up. She added: "We can't afford any more damage." http://t.co/spKAi0WO3b— @DorsetEchoOscar 12 February 2014
This storm could get nasty for a while, Met Office just issued a rare red alert of wind for west Wales and northern England.— @Dorset_Weather 12 February 2014
#dorsetweather - there are currently no planned emergency road closures. We're monitoring the weather situation -keep with us @TravelDorset— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Meanwhile, The Cove House Inn remains open. http://t.co/Y6mcgzMkOG— @DorsetEchoOscar 12 February 2014
'Boots' Coman said he wasn't affected by the storm. But he was well prepared after experiencing the '78 storm. http://t.co/F5HPiAKzTD— @DorsetEchoOscar 12 February 2014
A Weymouth walking group - "We've always walked safely. If we thought there was a risk we wouldn't have come. Via @DorsetEchoOscar:— @bagwellfarm 12 February 2014
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.”
As part of their Chesil Beach Project, Underwater Explorers have been monitoring daily developments along the iconic beach.
Here's the latest video:
I've just arrived in #Chiswell. It's a little bit windy. The gusts are already quite strong - http://t.co/qrvQtXRRe7— @DorsetEchoOscar 12 February 2014
#Dorset is #openforbusiness but please if you're visiting today be very very careful on the coast and don't take any risks ...— @VisitDorset 12 February 2014
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.
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.
The first peak in the winds is expected to be around midday.
There's also a yellow warning of rain.
If you’ve been affected by flooding, you can call our Floodline 24/7 for advice on 0345 988 1188 #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 12 February 2014
Went to top of Chesil bank to try to relocate Glaucous gull. Wind 55 mph and no luck. #notsafe— @debbyseamist 12 February 2014
RT @metofficestorms: A reminder of today's UK weather warnings http://t.co/IHg2saECeL Wind gust of 81 mph recorded in southern Ireland as s…— @EnvAgencySW 12 February 2014
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.
@David_Cameron I would like to thank you for your recognition in your speech today. Means alot to us here on Portland. Thankyou— @StormWallace 11 February 2014
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.
Normal service on Weymouth-Bristol and Weymouth-Waterloo railway lines but severe disruption to @FGW trains Thames Valley and Devon/Cornwall— @DorsetTransport 12 February 2014
Batten down the hatches Portland it's round 4! I'm on call for those need help all day and night just ask :)— @StormWallace 12 February 2014
First Great Western is urging people not to travel unless absolutely necessary.
RT @Dorset_Weather: Very wet and very windy by mid morning across #Dorset, amber alert for strong winds and a yellow alert for heavy rain.— @DorsetRachel 12 February 2014
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.
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.”
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.
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.