RESIDENTS are being warned to batten down the hatches as heavy rain and winds lash the Dorset coast.

Gale force winds and large waves are set to batter the Dorset coastline overnight Friday and into Saturday, and the Chiswell area of Portland is again facing the prospect of flooding.

The Heights Hotel will again be on standby to look after people in case they need to evacuate.

Waves up to ten metres high are set to crash onto beaches, promenades and coastal paths at high tide, which could put lives at risk if people get too close.

Portland Beach Road and Preston Beach Road in Weymouth will be closely monitored by the county council’s highways team in case flooding forces temporary closures tomorrow night.

Emergency planning officer for DCC, Simon Parker, said: “We’re preparing for another onslaught of weather this weekend. People should expect their day to be different, and act accordingly.

“We have 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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