LIVE: Weather and travel updates as Dorset hit by another deluge

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  • A clean-up operation is underway after a severe storm battered the coast
  • The coast was pounded by 30ft waves and 80mph winds
  • Flood warnings are still in force for some rivers and flooding remains on the West Stafford Bypass and Milton Road in Milborne St Andrew
  • Work continues on Preston Beach, Weymouth this morning laying stone boulders to reduce the risk of further damage and flooding
  • There is a Met Office yellow warning of rain for Monday set to last until 11.45pm tonight
  • There are currently two severe flood warnings, 17 flood warnings and 31 flood alerts across the South West

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Good morning everyone, that's all from us regarding live blogging - thank you for keeping up to date with us and sending in your storm pictures.

For a round-up of today's storm stories please see below:

AUTHORITIES in Dorset say they are now moving into a recovery phase after the county was battered by relentless storms.

Dorset Police Chief Super-intendent Martin Hiles declared it a major incident and has set up Operation Gale.

The operation has enlisted the help of Dorset councils, the Environment Agency, the military, emergency services and volunteers.

To read more on this click here: http://bit.ly/1bHv3d2

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DORSET is bracing itself for further severe weather after storms tore through the county this weekend.

A yellow weather warning of rain from the Met Office remained in place until 11.45pm last night and flood alerts remain in place for areas in Dorchester, West Stafford, Wool and the Winterbourne villages.

You can read more here: http://bit.ly/1mqjag2

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BUSINESSES are suffering as the economic impact of storms that ravaged Dorset makes its mark.

Restaurants and pubs have suffered with few people braving the terrible weather and farmers have also battled the storms which have left fields waterlogged, barns damaged and cattle forced to find emergency shelter.

Below are Glenn and Emma Bratley of the Londis store in Milborne St Andrew who have been praised for helping villagers through the flooding.

More here: http://bit.ly/1f88fDR

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MEMBERS of the public have been urged to stay away from cliffs in the event of more landslips.

A massive landslip caused 400 tonnes of rock to crash onto East Beach at West Bay on Saturday, followed by two other cliff falls near Burton Bradstock and Eype.
To read more click here: http://bit.ly/1jMXbhu

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Residents living near Preston Beach Road are invited to come along to a drop-in session to give their views on recent storm events and find out more about the Preston Sea Defence scheme.
The event takes place at the Spyglass Pub, Overcombe, Wednesday 26 February, 4pm to 7pm, and is hosted by the Dorset Coast Forum. 
The Environment Agency, emergency planners, Weymouth and Portland borough council engineers and local geologists will be present to answer any questions and speak to local people who have been affected by road and beach closures.  People can also give their views on flood warning systems in the area.
Neil Watson, coastal engineer for the Environment Agency, said:  “We understand this can be a daunting time for the community and all agencies involved will be on hand to answer any questions residents may have about recent events in an honest and open manner.
“We want to encourage as many people from the Preston Beach area to come along to the meeting and speak to us about concerns they may have, and find out more about the Preston Sea Defence scheme.
“We look forward to seeing you there.”
The Dorset Coast Forum (DCF) is an independent strategic multi-sector partnership working with stakeholders to promote a sustainable approach to the planning, management, use of and development of the Dorset coast and its inshore waters, from Lyme Regis to Christchurch out to 12 nautical miles.
Established in 1995 it has a long and successful history in disseminating information, delivering projects, events and conferences to diverse marine and coastal sectors along the Dorset coast. DCF currently have over 260 member organisations from the public , Charity and private sector including the local authorities, fishing, commercial, environmental, recreational, historical, maritime business and tourism sectors. All DCF members have expertise, local knowledge and a deep understanding of Dorset's coast and its inshore waters.
For further information about the event, please contact the Dorset Coast Forum on
01305 224833.

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TRAFFIC UPDATE:

The A35 has re-opened after delays earlier in both directions between the Monkeys Jump Roundabout in Dorchester and Mitsubishi Roundabout in Bridport, because of a fallen tree.

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Flooding on A352 in both directions in Wareham at the B3070 junction.

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We're hearing the A35 between Dorchester and Bridport will be closed for another 2 hours while the fallen tree is cleared.

The large tree has come down across both carriageways west of Winterbourne Abbas, between the Littlebredy turning and the Compton Valence turning.

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Bincleaves Road in Weymouth closed between the A354 Rodwell Road junction and the Belle Vue Road junction, because of dangerous tree.

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A350 closed in both directions between the B3082 Milldown Road junction in Blandford Forum and the A30 Christy's Lane junction in Shaftesbury, because of fallen power cables. Expect delays.

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The A35 is closed in both directions between the Firch Lane junction in Bridport and Monkeys Jump Roundabout, because of a fallen tree between Kingston Russell and Winterbourne Abbas.

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COASTGUARD LATEST:

At the agency briefing on Portland today, coastguard Mark Rodaway urged members of the public to listen to warnings issued by the agencies.

He said: "It's testament to how well Dorset had come together that we've seen no major loss of life on the coast.

"But in some cases that's been more luck than judgment with some members of the public going down to the coast in very severe conditions."

Mr Rodaway confirmed three significant cliff falls had taken place over the weekend and that it was 'quite likely' we'll see similar events.

Here's a photo by Echo photographer John Gurd of the cliff fall on East Beach, West Bay over the weekend.

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DORSET COUNTY COUNCIL LATEST:

WORK on highways construction schemes across the county has been suspended to free up resources for Dorset’s weather-ravaged roads.

Dorset County Council crews are being redeployed to help tackle road repairs, blocked ditches and drainage problems caused by recent torrential downpours and strong winds.

Construction projects suspended over the next couple of weeks include work on Portland Beach Road in Weymouth and the Pimperne School access road in Blandford.

The Bradpole Cycleway in Bridport, improvements to East Street in Blandford and a cycleway extension on Black Lane in Blandford will also be delayed.

Council chiefs say that while the council is lobbying for extra government money to help with the repair bill, its immediate priority is to keep roads open and safe to use.

Information signs will be displayed at construction sites where work is suspended or delayed. For more information call 01305 221020.

Here's a picture by our photographer Graham Hunt of emergency work being carried out by the Environment Agency to strengthen flood defences on Preston Beach recently:

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Matt Reeves, representing Wessex 4x4 and other volunteer groups, said they were well prepared for the event.

He said: "The voluntary agencies were involved in some of the preparation and planning for this event, which meant when the event did start we were in a good place to respond."

Mr Reeves confirmed 24 4x4 response teams were out across the county, whilst rescue centres received great support from the British Red Cross.

He added: "Thank you to all the volunteers across the county who came out. Like they did on Christmas morning, they came out on Valentine's Day, despite their families wanting them at home."

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At the agency briefing on Portland this morning, reporter Oscar Tollast has informed us that over the past 72 hours, the military has been involved in West Bay, Portland and in Christchurch.

They have been present warning and informing members of the community, working with other agencies.

The military will now work alongside the Environment Agency with the reconnaissance of flood defences over the next six weeks, a project that would normally take up to two years.

Lt. Col. Chris McGregor, Dorset military liaison officer said: "Along the South Coast in Dorset here, we will also allow our aviation assets - our helicopters - to fly above the Jurassic Coast to conduct an aerial reconnaissance of that very vulnerable coastline."

Mr McGregor also confirmed engineers were still based in Portland to support the local community.

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Neil Watson, a coastal engineer at the Environment Agency, said recent events had tested them to the limit.

He said that defences had held up well, despite being 'hammered'.

He highlighted the number of stones lost on Chesil Beach.

"Last Thursday we lost a quarter million tonnes and there's probably another hundred thousand tonnes gone.

"We're going to have to work very hard to restore those defences.

"But you can be assured that people have been protected and the work over the past eight weeks to keep that beach in place with the army has been absolutely essential.

"But for that, we would have seen significant failures."

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Our reporter Oscar Tollast has been at an agency briefing on Portland this morning.

He has told us how agencies will meet this afternoon to discuss how to bring back Dorset to a 'steady state' after the latest storms.

Paul Kent, corporate resources director at Dorset County Council, confirmed he would chair the meeting whilst at a media briefing earlier this morning.

He said: "We're now moving into the recovery phase for this particular event."

"There will be an initial meeting this afternoon of the recovery working group, which includes all agencies that have been involved in 'Operation Gale' to see how we can return Dorset to a steady state, business as usual, as quickly as possible."

The meeting will discuss those individuals and businesses affected and environmental issues that have risen as a fault of this crisis.

He added: "There are certain things we're not yet clear about.

"Where we've had river flooding, and the water has been at such a height that it's covered bridges, we don't even know if there's been damage to those structure until the water subsides."

Since December, over 400 properties in Dorset have been affected by flooding, including 40 businesses. Meanwhile, 23,000 properties have been at risk.

More to follow.

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TRAFFIC UPDATE:

There is flooding on the A352 in both directions in Wareham at the B3070 junction.

The A350 remains closed in both directions between the B3082 Milldown Road junction in Blandford Forum and the A30 Christy's Lane junction in Shaftesbury, because of fallen power cables.

There's still heavy traffic on the A35 eastbound between the A35 junction in Bere Regis and the B3075 Quarr Hill junction in East Morden, because of temporary traffic lights and a collapsed manhole.

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TRAFFIC UPDATE:

The A350 is CLOSED in both directions between the B3082 Milldown Road junction in Blandford Forum and the A30 Christy's Lane junction in Shaftesbury, because of fallen power cables. Motorists should expect delays in the area.

There is still heavy traffic on the A35 eastbound between the A35 junction in Bere Regis and the B3075 Quarr Hill junction in East Morden, because of temporary traffic lights and a collapsed manhole.

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Echo reader Matty Howes also sent us in this edited picture of a wave, which 'neighly' fooled us...

He said: "One weather picture is obviously edited, as it's always nice to put an interesting angle on a wave."

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Echo reader Matty Howes has sent us in these dramatic pictures of waves on Portland during the storm - thank you

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We've had some great weather pictures of the storm over the weekend, thanks everyone.

Remember to keep sending them to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk and let us know what the weather is like where you are.

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POWER UPDATE:

A Southern Electric Power Distribution spokesperson said: "Engineers worked through Sunday night continuing to restore power to customers affected by power loss caused by the extreme gale force winds on Friday and Saturday.

"Good progress was made by engineers over the weekend, with over 180,000 customers having their power since the storm started.

"In some areas engineers were hampered in gaining access due to ongoing issues with flooding.

"Currently there are around 1,500 customers without power - SEPD expects the remaining customers to be restored throughout the course of the day and has all available resources working on outstanding incidents."

Below is a breakdown of the areas still affected and approximate numbers of customers:
Aldershot Rural        110
Basingstoke Rural        204
Bournemouth Rural        47
Newbury Rural                282
Oxford Rural                17
Petersfield Rural        165
Poole                        109
Reading Rural                315
Salisbury Rural        176
Swindon Rural                15
Yeovil Rural                48        

 

9:14am

There have been lots of individual stories regarding the storms over the weekend.

For a quick breakdown and links to each story in full, see below:

COMMUNITIES are counting the cost of a terrifying hurricane-force storm which decimated the coastline over the weekend. You can read more about this story here: http://bit.ly/1j3hd4w

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QUICK-THINKING friends and some helpful Army soldiers ensured a bride and groom got to their wedding on time. http://bit.ly/NXYcGk

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RESIDENTS have told how they have never experienced such violent weather as Portland was battered by nature’s rage. http://bit.ly/1dZoehj

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PEOPLE are being urged to heed warning signs and stay away from cliffs after a massive landslip when 400 tonnes of rock crashed on to East Beach, West Bay on Saturday. http://bit.ly/1bEiJuk

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TRAVEL UPDATE:

There is heavy traffic on the A35 eastbound between the A35 junction in Bere Regis and the B3075 Quarr Hill junction in East Morden, because of temporary traffic lights and a collapsed manhole.

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Campaigner Storm Wallace will be holding a beach clean up this weekend for Chesil Beach. South Dorset MP Richard Drax and councillor Sandy West will be attending and all are invited to pop along and help from 10am.
 
 

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ENVIRONMENT AGENCY LATEST:

Flood alerts remain in place for areas in Dorchester, West Stafford, Wool and the Winterbourne villages.

There are also flood warnings for the west coast of Dorset; areas such as Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, West Bay, Bothenhampton, Burton Freshwater, Burton Bradstock, Cogdean Beach, Chesil Beach, West Fleet, East Fleet and Chiswell.

The east coast may also be liable to flooding, including areas such as Castletown, Weymouth, Preston Beach, Swanage Bay, Studland Bay.

There's also a flood alert for the River Wey to Radipole Lake, Preston Brook and the River Jordan and likely groundwater flooding for the West Dorset area.

 

7:26am

MET OFFICE LATEST:

A yellow weather warning of rain has been issued until 11.45pm this evening.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Another spell of rain is expected across southwest England during Monday.

"This is not expected to be as prolonged or as heavy as in recent days but given the saturated ground, the public should be aware that this still has the potential either to lead to localised flooding or to exacerbate existing issues."

7:08am

Good morning everyone, we'll be keeping you up to date again this morning and throughout the day with the latest travel traffic and weather updates.

We've had some great weather/storm pictures from readers so far, so please do remember to keep sending them in to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk.

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That's all for this evening. We'll pick it up again tomorrow morning.

8:59pm

Latest on weather from the Met Office:

Another spell of rain is expected across South West England during Monday. This is not expected to be as prolonged or as heavy as in recent days but given the saturated ground, the public should be aware that this still has the potential either to lead to localised flooding or to exacerbate existing issues.

Rainfall totals of 10 to 15 mm seem likely quite widely and perhaps 30 to 40 mm locally, mainly over high ground in the west of the warning area.

8:50pm

See a video by John Gurd of the search operation yesterday at West Bay after a major cliff fall. No-one has been reported missing. The beach has now been closed off.

8:35pm

Roads update: The A350 north of Blandford and A37 north of Dorchester are both clear of flooding

8:26pm

Another powerful image of uprooted trees. It was taken on Saturday outside Bramdon House on the B3157 in Portesham by 16-year-old Felix Northover

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He is the milkman of human kindness! Musician Billy Bragg, who lives near Burton Bradstock, stepped in to help when he discovered the roof had blown off the National Coastwatch Institution's Lyme Bay Lookout on Friday night.

He immediately turned off the electricity supply, which came from his house, and salvaged the two VHF radios, which were wet due to exposure to the rain.

Later, a team of watchkeepers was mustered to examine the damage and make the structure safe. They found that the roof was securely embedded in Billy Bragg’s garden hedge while three of the wooden walls were still on site but resembled a flat pack kit. They had to dismantle the rest of the building.

The Lyme Bay Coastwatch Lookout is one of 50 NCI lookouts along the coastline of England and Wales set up to keep a visual and marine band radio watch dedicated to safety at sea.

Billy Bragg is pictured second from left with Lyme Bay volunteer watchkeepers.

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Chesil Beach has been taking a pounding in recent weeks. This picture from Paul Gosney shows damage done to the beach.

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Portland Coastguard said there has been more cliff movement along the West Dorset coast today - locations near Burton Bradstock and Eype.

We have also heard of a landlsie at Westcliff, Portland.

People are advised not to walk or climb over debris and not take any unnecessary risks, and stay away from cliff tops and the base of cliffs as more landslides and rock falls could happen at any time.

7:42pm

More tree pictures - this from Julie Nicklin who said the tree fell in the garden outside the family home at Owermoigne, missing the house by a foot.

She says: "Big thank you to son-in-law Graham Pearce who worked so hard along with husband Richard and son Josh to remove it yesterday ready for shredding Tuesday!

"What a difference a day can make, sorry to the two doves who's home it was!"

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Update from the Environment Agency - heed the closure signs at Preston Beach!

The Agency said: "Preston beach took a pounding on Friday evening and Saturday morning but despite some spray overtopping, the flood defences held firm and the Environment Agency’s rock armour helped reduce the risk of flooding.

"The Agency is continuing with the repair work to bury rock into the beach to give it some strength as a buffer against future storms.

"There is one area of health and safety that is causing the Agency some concern. Some people are ignoring footpath closure signs and exerting their right to walk where it is clearly dangerous. When this happens the Environment Agency has to stop machines to let them pass and therefore this is holding up recovery process."

The Agency has set-up an email address dorset.beach.recovery@mail.asite.com where peopel can send pictures, videos or experiences of the recent bad weather and flooding.

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This one is from Ben Holt of Dorchester and shows the scene at Portland Bill around 6.30am-7am on Saturday.

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Picture from Jo Hudson-Cook of the tree which fell across Newstead Road in Weymouth after being blown over in the gale on Friday night/Saturday morning

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Incredible! Boulders being carried on giant waves in storms overnight on Friday inflicted this damage to steps at Chiswell. Thanks to Robert Wilson for the picture.

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Most major routes are open in Dorset althought the A37 is still partially blocked at Charminster due to flooding and the A350 north of Blandford is also affected by flooding with closures in place at Iwerne Minster and Fontmell Magna.

The A351 is just passable at Corfe Castle.

Flooding is also affecting roads in Affpuddle, Milborne St Andrew, and the West Stafford bypass.

10:47am

The high levels of ground and surface water are also posing risks to motorists.

Drivers should go through flood or surface water only if it is absolutely necessary - and safe to do so.

Always check the water is not too deep and drive slowly through it as waves created may cause further flooding or damage to nearby properties.

If there is a 'road closed' sign in place or the water level looks high, you should find another route.

9:51am

Several thousand properties across Dorset are still without power, including Charminster; Piddletrenthide; Winterbourne Kingston; and Yetminster.

Engineers from Southern Electric Power Distribution which provides power to these areas are working to restore the power.  For further information, visit www.ssepd.co.uk or telephone 08000 727282.

Properties across Bridport, Beaminster and Lyme Regis are also without electricity and Western Power Distribution is working to restore their power.  Residents affected can call Western on 0800 365900 to find out up-to-date information about their own property.

9:50am

Latest update from Dorset County Council about recovery work underway in the aftermath of the storm.

As part of ‘Operation Gale’, emergency services, Dorset councils, the Environment Agency, NHS, Public Health, the military, Coastguard and utility companies are working together to deal with the effects of the severe weather.

Many parts of Dorset were affected by the flooding and gales.  Chiswell, Portland was particularly badly hit and the Causeway, Portland was closed overnight as sea defences were breached at Portland.  One property was reported flooded at Chiswell.

The Environment Agency has been working with Weymouth and Portland Borough Council and the military to repair and reinforce the sea defences while the weather is calm. Wessex 4X4 was used to transport people back to Portland when the Causeway was closed. There was some structural damage to properties at Wyke Regis.  A major clean-up and repair of damage is underway.

In other parts of the county, there was flooding overnight at West Bay and some residents were evacuated to the Crown Hotel.

There was significant flooding at Christchurch.  8-15 properties over the East Dorset and Christchurch areas, in particular Stony Lane, were reported as having standing water.  The military is currently helping with the clean-up in Christchurch.
A fallen tree severed a gas main at Wimborne but this was dealt with quickly by the agencies affected.  A number of other trees fell around the county and these have now been cleared.

Fortunately, the flooding fears for Weymouth and Swanage didn’t come to fruition and generally the risk of floods is diminishing around the county.

Rest centres were opened and manned by Dorset County Council offering people alternative accommodation or the opportunity for some respite at the Grange, Christchurch; Weymouth College; Portland Heights Hotel; and the Methodist Church at Chiswell.  These have now been closed.

Severe flood warnings are no longer in place across the county. However, as ground water continues to rise, roads could be affected over the coming weeks.

A dedicated helpline has been set up to support those affected by the storms across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole. Members of the public can phone the helpline on 01305 221000 to:
• request sandbags
• get help with rehousing
• report problems on the highways, including fallen trees, debris on the road and flooding
• find out the latest public health information
• access emergency crisis support loans.

 

9:46am

Good morning! It's dry and sunny on the coast. But further heavy rain is forecast overnight and into tomorrow, with a yellow warning issued for the morning. There is a risk of further flooding as river levels remain very high.

6:35pm

There is no longer any flooding on the A35 at Bakers Arms roundabout

6:35pm

The A35 is closed in both directions near the west Dorset-Devon border because of a fallen tree and fallen power cables.

6:30pm

Another video for you, this one is from John Gurd of the morning after at Chiswell

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Video from Graham Hunt of the aftermath at West Bay this morning

6:23pm

Weather update from Met Office

Although the worst of the rain has passed, further squally showers still have the potential to line up in bands across some southern areas through much of the rest of Saturday. Following Friday's heavy rainfall and given the saturated conditions, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places, although impacts typically reducing and becoming more localised.

The Chief Forecaster's assesment: "Friday's storm system is now moving into the North Sea and weakening. There will be some rain or showers, still perhaps heavy in a few areas through the rest of Saturday, as well as strong winds for a time yet. However, on the whole, we will see an improvement in weather conditions as the day goes on, with a much more pleasant day previewed for Sunday."

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Picture from John Gurd from this afternoon of operation to pump out floodwater from beneath the railway bridge at Stratton, which has led to the closure of the northbound lane of the A37Dorset Echo:

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Operation stood down at West Bay after no-one declared missing following the major rockfall at East Beach. Read an update here

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Picture from Richard Warne of a tree which fell in the grounds of Bovington First School, destroying play equipment. Richard's partner Debbie Newberry, whose granddaughter Katie attends the school, said the outdoor play equipment narrowly missed being damaged in the last storms. But this time, three more trees in the playground blew down and crushed it.Dorset Echo:

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Picture from Michel Hooper-Immins of a 50-year-old leylandi which was uprooted in high winds last night in his drive in Waverley Court, Weymouth.

Michel says: "The roots were completely out of the ground. No one was injured and the only damage was to the fence round the lawn.

"We will miss our big tree, very much part of Waverley Court's green environment."

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Scene at Newstead Road in Weymouth earlier after a tree came crashing down

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Nature's rage! Great picture from Darren Trent of a massive wave breaking on Chesil Beach this morning, about 7.15am.

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Better link to the cliff fall story is here

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Eyewitnesses have told how about 20 people were on East beach at the time of the fall, but are unsure if anyone was caught in it Read more here http://bit.ly/1lSxHxo

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EMERGENCY services have rushed to the scene of a major cliff fall at West Bay.
The fall from the East Cliff on East Beach happened within the last half an hour.
The beach has been cordoned off.
A police spokesman said: “It is not known whether any one was walking on the beach at the time of the fall.”

2:48pm

Some incredible pictures from Sue Hogben showing the beach at Chesil Cove which has been stripped of pebbles after the storm.

Sue says: Even along the high level of the ridge is showing the layers of blue clay, something that I had never realised was under those tons of pebbles.

"The odd thing is I write a blog about Victorian Weymouth and Portland, and only last week had told the story of the wily Portlanders who trawled the shores during and after storms looking for washed-in treasure. In 1876 a similar storm had scoured all the pebbles from the beach leaving the blue clay, where they found silver ingots supposedly from the Armada treasure ships that had sunk in the bay."

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The full cost of the damage to Weymouth FC's Bob Lucas Stadium is likely to take a couple of days to ascertain.

Last night’s high-speed winds ripped the roof off a set of turnstiles and also brought advertising hoardings and cabling down, causing today’s home fixture against Banbury United to be postponed due to safety concerns.

It is Weymouth’s second cancellation in under a week and with their next home fixture not scheduled until March 1, the financial implications could prove costly.

Club chairman and historian Nigel Biddlecombe told Echosport earlier: “It’s a long time since I can remember anything affecting us like this recent run of bad weather.

“It has just gone on and on and on, and having spoken to other people in the game, no one can recall anything being as serious as this and so long lasting.

“We had the snow in the winter of 1962-63, which I can barely remember, and there were occasions at the Rec when we had to call games off due to the water table.

“We also had a few problems in 1987 when the pitch was bedding in but this current run has to be one of the worst we have ever had.

“Our next home game isn’t until March now and that is obviously going to put serious financial pressure on the club."

2:00pm

Dorset Police said they dealt with 200 weather-related incidents - mainly trees down - from 7pm last night until 5.20am this morning.

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Pictures from Graham Hunt of this morning's clean-up at West Bay. A huge amount of debris which was thrown up onto the seafront had to be cleared away.Dorset Echo: Dorset Echo: Dorset Echo:

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A helpline has been set up to support those affected by the storms across Dorset.

Dorset Direct, the county council’s contact centre, is taking calls today (Saturday) to help members of public and support agencies, including the emergency services, local authorities, NHS, Environment Agency and Public Health across Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole.

People can call 01305 221000 to:

• request sandbags

• get help with rehousing

• report problems on the highway, including fallen trees, debris on the road and flooding,

• find out the latest public health information,

• access emergency crisis support loans

It is likely that the line will be busy but staff will do their best to deal with queries as soon as possible.

For flooding information and advice, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/flooding or www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood

 

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The A37 around Charminster is partially blocked and there is slow traffic in both directions around the B3147 junction because of flooding.

 

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The waves were still spraying up onto Chiswell promenade this morning, as you can see from this photograph taken by the Echo's John Gurd.

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Clean-up operation going on this morning in Chiswell

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A number of impromptu rest centres opened in Weymouth last night sheltering Portland people stranded due to the beach road closure.

One of the centres included Weymouth Pavilion and reporter Oscar Tollast has been speaking to David Tozer, technical manager (pictured below), who was one of two members of staff to stay on and provide hospitality for those stranded.

He said: "At last head count it was 43 people.

"There was a Facebook request from somebody who knew our box office manager, Claudia, asking if they could come here for refuge simply because they were told to go to the college, and the college we were led to believe was not open at the time. It didn't open until half past 12.

"We didn't know if they had been told there was anywhere else to go, so we spoke to one of the main directors, Phil and he said yes, if we were happy to remain open.

"So, myself and Claudia, the box office manager stayed here and Mick - from the Kite Festival - was backwards and forwards between here and Portland Beach Road, telling people they could come here to sit down and have a cup of tea - anything really.

"The last guy left at about 4.25am."Dorset Echo:

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West Dorset is served by Western Power and the company says just over 9,000 customers are without power in the South West including Dorset.

The company said: "Since yesterday evening, we have restored approximately 90,000 customers' power supplies. All faults are currently being worked on and restorations are continuing. We have operational and support staff available throughout this weekend to help us continue with our efforts."

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Southern Electric, which supplies Dorset, said a 'significant event' had affected supplies with 99,000 customers without power across its network in southern England.

Engineers are working to restore power to customers across central southern England while strong, gusty winds continue to affect the area. Following an early start to assess the damage caused by the extreme winds overnight, staff are working hard in some very challenging conditions to locate damage and repair to overhead power lines.

Over 1,000 engineers, linesmen, tree-cutters, line patrollers and support staff are working in across the region. The conditions experienced by SEPD staff are extremely difficult as flooding and fallen trees cause them issues in gaining access to areas of damage.

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Read our story about a dramatic night for West Bay residents who had to evacuate http://bit.ly/1jl7PZD

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Weymouth Football Club's match today is off due to the ground being damaged. Reporter Oscar Tollast has spoken to volunteer groundsman Paul Valentine, who revealed the extent of the damage done to the stadium.

"The roof of the main turnstile has come completely off. As far as I can see it has taken the electric cables down as well.

"I got a phone call this morning from the other groundsman and he was informed by the people in charge that the game has been called off because of safety reasons.

"The next game we've got at this ground, as far as I know, is next Saturday when the reserves are at home. I would imagine it would be fixed by then."

He added: "But the pitch is in excellent condition."

A sign of the club's crest, previously attached to the side of its main stand, was also torn off by the wind.

Mr Valentine expects safety checks will be carried out over other turnstiles over the next few days.

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Catherine Bolado reporting from Chiswell says larger vehicles are being escorted across Portland Beach Road in a convoy and the Army is giving people a lift in their large transporter. Cars are still not being allowed across. 

In Chiswell itself, sea spray is flying everywhere and gabion baskets on the beach have been exposed. Tarmac has been ripped up on the promenade and massive rocks have been thrown down Big Ope.

Waves are hitting the top of Chesil Beach but it's not as bad as last week. People are watching the waves from the walls.

The Cove House Inn was boarded up to prevent further storm damage. Drinkers were escorted away from there last night by the police due to safety fears.

Roof tiles are scattered over the road in Chiswell and there are piles of pebbles and sand. 

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We're told the Thomas Hardye Leisure Centre in Dorchester is closed today due to structural damage to the building.

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Check out today's Echo article about the strom chaos last night and yesterday http://bit.ly/1bxBorr

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Rail news: Following heavy rain and strong winds on the South West Trains network, routes have been checked to ensure it is safe to run trains on. Most routes are now open, including the Weymouth-Waterloo line, however a fallen tree has blocked the line in Hampshire which will affect services.

Regarding the Weymouth to Bristol line, owing to an obstruction on the line between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth all lines are blocked.
Train services running to and from these stations will be suspended between Yeovil Pen Mill and Weymouth. An estimate for the resumption of normal services will be provided as soon as the problem has been fully assessed.
Due to the weather conditions, replacement road transport is not currently being provided.

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Pictures from our reporter Anne Bell at West Bay this morning where a roof blew off a block of flats, damaging a car and a neighbouring house

 

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Update from Dorset County Council from Friday night:

Tidal flooding has hit Dorset tonight (Friday, 14 November), with Christchurch, West Bay and Portland all affected. 
Emergency services, council staff and military personnel have all been out to alert residents whose properties were under threat, as well as provide transport, advice, medical help and other assistance.
Rest centres have been opened by Dorset County Council for people who have chosen to evacuate their homes. These include The Crown Inn (West Bay) and Portland Methodist Church.
Portland Beach Road, linking Portland and Weymouth, has been closed. By 11pm, it was under more than four feet of water and is likely to remain shut for several hours.
A rest centre has been opened at Weymouth College for motorists unable to return to the island.
Severe flood warnings remain in place at all three locations. There are also flood warnings for Weymouth seafront, Swanage and Wareham.
Sandbags are available free of charge from district and borough councils for people in genuine need.

For flooding information and advice, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/flooding or www.environment-agency.gov.uk/flood


Dorset continues to be battered by stormy weather, including heavy downpours, hurricane force winds and giant waves, which is likely to continue well into Saturday.
The strong winds have brought down trees and power cables, leaving some homes without electricity. Utility company SSE is working to restore power as soon possible, but the extreme conditions are making repairs difficult.

For more information, go to www.ssepd.co.uk/Home

Waves up to ten metres high are hitting coastal areas, putting lives in danger if people get too close. The extreme conditions will also increase the likelihood of landslips along the Jurassic Coast, posing a real threat to anyone on coastal paths, clifftops and beaches. People are urged to stay away from the coast if at all possible.
High surface water levels are also making driving conditions hazardous. For up to the minute travel and road closure information, go to www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset
 

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The A35 between Dorchester and Bridport is open following last night's closure

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UPDATE: Portland Beach Road closed again. It opened for a couple of hours earlier but is shut again

Flood sirens have gone off again at Chiswell this morning

The Dorset coast has been battered by hurricane-force winds overnight. Wind speeds at Portland reached an incredible 80mph

The Esplanade at West Bay remains closed off. Structural damage to properties has been reported. This includes Heron Court where a large section of the roof has blown off and landed in the courtyard, damaging a car and a neighbouring house

Weymouth Football Club's game has been postponed due to damage at the Bob Lucas Stadium

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Hamm Beach is flooded, so the Portland Beach Road is closed. There is water filling up on either side of the road as well.

Sea spray is whipping across Chesil Beach.

But in Chiswell it is looking ok. There are pebbes and debris on the road but no major flooding this morning.

But as I write this the sirens have just gone off again.

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Portland Beach Road is still closed. The police are turning people back by the Sailing Academy. They say it will be closed for a few hours at least.

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Here is a video by Echo photographer John Gurd of the Portland respite centre this evening.

 

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That's all for tonight. We will pick up again in the morning.

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We understand Weymouth Pavilion is also opening a refuge centre this evening for Portland people who are stranded.

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John Thorner of Croft Road, Portland, is urgently seeking somewhere to store goods as his shed has been destroyed by high winds this evening. The goods include small furtniture and household items. John is disabled and in a wheelchair and is unable to store the items. If you can help call John on 07854 244099.

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Summary:

Portland Beach Road remains closed. People stranded in Weymouth can go to Asda or Salvation Army, Westham Road for shelter. People on Portland can go to Underhill Methodist Church.

The A35 between Dorchester and Bridport is closed due to high winds and numerous trees blocking the road.

The Esplanade at West Bay is closed. People living nearby have been told to evacuate. Rest centres at the Crown Inn and at Colfox School.

Police are keeping people away from the coastline in severely hit areas including at Chiswell and West Bay.

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We're getting reports that part of the roof has blown off of Wareham police station

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For those stranded in Weymouth due to the Portland Beach Road closure we're being told Asda is offering warm drinks and shelter. A bed and shelter is also being provided at the Salvation Army in Westham Road (opposite Wilkinsons)

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These residents are among those who have been evacauated from West Bay and moved to the Crown Inn at Bridport. They include Jacqui Lovett, third left, whose car was flattened by a piece of roof being blown off the flats where she lives.

She said she heard an 'almight bang' and shook from head to toe. Shortly afterwards there was a knock at her door and she was told to leave her home.

Jacqui said she would like to thank the landlady of the Crown who is looking after residents.

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Chief Inspector Guy Shimmons of Dorset Police said the A35 between Dorchester and Bridport had been closed due to high winds and numerous trees being brought down. There is also flooding on surrounding roads making travel conditions particularly difficult. Motorists are advised to avoid the area.

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We have reports of a lorry being blown over on the Weymouth to Bridport coast road.

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Here's a picture from Weymouth, beneath the Town Bridge where it has flooded.

Helen Flood and daughter Ellie Lane (7)  found out first hand how deep the water was under the Town Bridge.

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Chiswell residents were looking out of their doors as the sea spray whipped across Chesil Beach.
Mike Allen said: "Its pretty wild. Its always a little bit worrying, especially when they haven't had a chance to repair much over there."
He said although the tide was now going down they would have to wait and see.
James Allen said he had seen a few tiles flying around in the high wind.
But he said: "We have seen worse."

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Another one from Portland - water seeping in the streets

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Police ensuring no-one goes up the beach at Chiswell due to the dangerous conditions. Picture by the Echo's John Gurd.

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Fire engine on standby in West Bay. There are reports of waves up to 30ft high battering the coast at West Bay. Refuge centres has been set up at the Crown Inn and at Colfox School, Bridport.

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Extraordinary waves near the Jubilee Clock in Weymouth. Picture by Daniel Wilson

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Picture of a dark and dingy Chiswell from Catherine Bolado

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Another image from West Bay. Authorities are keeping people away from the seafront due to the dangerous conditions. Some residents have been advised to evacuate. The road around the harbour is not flooded but the strength of the wind and water coming off the waves is a cause for concern.

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More images from West Bay this evening by Echo photographer Graham Hunt

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Residents living near West Bay seafront are being advised to leave due to the extreme tidal surge which is affecting the harbour.

Our photographer Graham Hunt is on the scene and has described the conditions as 'very nasty.'

He said police and ambulance crews are on the scene.

He has been told that although high tide has passed, there is a risk the danger will be higher as the tide recedes as the waves will be bigger.

He has been told by police that more treews have come down on the A35 and some motorists are trapped between the obstructions.

A powerline has also come down in the Bridport area.

 

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Catherine Bolado reporting from Chiswell says the police have told people at the Cove House Inn to evacuate. Officers are escorting people out of the back of the building down the road, about 20-30 people. Police are not leting people up to the seafront to see the waves.

Some spray has come over and is flowing down Big Ope. Large puddles are forming on the road in Chiswell and there is debris on the road.

Storm Wallace and volunteers have been going about the area helping people to sandbag properties if they haven't already done so.

Sue Marsters from the Little Ship said: "It's a little nerve-wracking waiting for things to happen."

A woman who did not wish to be named said the wind had caught her son's pushchair and flipped it over, taking her with hit, but everyone was okay.

Anna Beech said: "We were in the Cove. The sirens went off and it was recommended we stay because of the risk of pebblles and debris coming over."

Then she said the pub had a phone call and the police provided an escort.

She said: "We have taken the recommendation to come out and go home. You could see the waves coming in behind the shutters. It was definiteltly the right hing to do."

Roof tiles have also come off buildings in the area.

 

 

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Dangerously high water level at West Bay Harbour, picture by Echo photographer Graham Hunt
 
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Picture earlier this evening from Echo photographer Graham Hunt of lorry blocking the A35 near Kingston Russell

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Flood sirens sound at Chiswell is there is a risk of the sea breaching Chesil Beach and the threat of 'severe flooding with extreme risk to people and property.’

This is the third time the sirens have gone off since January.

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Portland Beach Road closed by police

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Flood sirens have been activated at Chiswell

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Update: Portland Beach Road has been closed due to flooding in the Hamm Beach area (Portland Harbour side)

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Update: Portland Beach Road closed due to wave overtopping on the causeway.

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Flood warnings have been issued for Weymouth seafront and parts of the Park District.

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: 7:45pm.

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The seafront is closed at West Bay due to spray from waves coming onto the road. Sandbags are being put out to protect properties. Council officials, the Environment Agency and police officers are on scene.

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Our photographer Graham Hunt is travelling on the A35 near Litton Cheney and says as well as the earlier lorry blown onto its side which is off the road (pictured below) a second lorry appears to have been swung round by the wind and is blocking both carriageways.Dorset Echo:

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A severe flood warning has now been issued for West Bay Harbour including the Esplanade, Quayside, Heron Court, Forty Foot Way, Driftwood, George Street, Swains Row, The Old Timberyard, Station Way, Pier Terrace and East Beach.

The warning will remain in force for 15 hours between high water at 7 pm (local time) on 14/02/2014 and 10 am (local time) on Saturday 15/02/2014. The highest risk period is forecast to be between 10 pm 14/02/14 and 2 am 15/02/14 when tidal conditions exceed severe flood warning levels. Outside these times, between 7 pm tonight and 10am tomorrow a flood warning will remain in force. The forecast wind direction are West South West. The forecast wind strength is Force 9 overnight.

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The fallen tree on the A35 at Kingston Russell has now been cleared

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To confirm, the A35 at Kingston Russell is blocked in both directions near the Long Bredy Hut Lane junction, because of a fallen tree.

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A350 North Street in Fontmell Magna closed in both directions around the Mill Street junction, because of flooding.

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Flood warnings are in force for Preston Beach at Weymouth, Portland Harbour at Ferrybridge, Lyme Regis and West Bay harbours, the River Wey from Upwey to Weymouth, and the Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke.

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A severe flood warning has been issued for Chiswell, Portland for this evening and overnight.

The Environment Agency says: "The warning will remain in force for 16 hours between high water at 6pm (local time) on 14/02/2014 and 10 am (local time) on Saturday 15/02/2014. The forecast wind direction are south easterly through to south westerly overnight. The forecast wind strengths are Force 7 increasing to Force 9 overnight Follow the instructions in leaflets now being dropped at all properties at risk. Do not wait for the siren to sound if you intend to relocate from your property. If you leave your property remain away for the times indicated above (6 pm today to 10 am tomorrow). IF the siren indicates severe flooding with extreme risk to people and property. If the siren sounds take your family and pets to a room upstairs away from the seaward side of the building. Take your flood kit with you and remain until told that it is safe to come downstairs. This could be a few hours later."

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We have just heard from the organisers of next weekend's Beach X quad bike challenge.
They said they have had postpone the competition due to the continued weather warnings.
A spokesman said: “The storms that Weymouth has already endured has caused significant damage to the beach and moved high volumes of sand to one end of the beach, this would also cause severe restrictions with the course build.
“We have been able to confirm with the Borough Council a new date which will now be on November 15-16.”

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Bakers Arms roundabout on A35 near Poole has been closed due to flooding

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Reports of lorry overturned on A35 near Litton Cheney

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The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for tonight for Portland harbour, Lyme Regis harbour, West Bay harbour, River Char, River Wey and the Lower Frome.

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Here is the latest from Dorset county Council, urging people to take care in this weekend’s storms.


People are being urged to stay away from coastal areas this weekend as violent storms batter Dorset beaches, cliffs and promenades.


Severe gale force winds, heavy rain and huge waves will hit the county over the next 48 hours, creating flooding risks, hazardous driving conditions and shoreline safety issues.


Waves up to ten metres high are set to crash into coastal areas, putting lives in danger if people get too close. The extreme conditions will also increase the likelihood of landslips along the Jurassic Coast, posing a real threat to people on coastal paths, cliff tops and beaches.


Elsewhere, communities along Dorset’s rivers are being urged to prepare for raised water levels as 1.5 inches of rainfall are expected, adding to the existing river, ground and road surface water problems.


Flood warnings are already in place along the lower River Frome, the Stour and the lower River Avon (from Ringwood to Christchurch), and others may follow along the Rivers Char, Brit and Wey.

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Latest on the floods:

A35 westbound between Monkeys Jump Roundabout in Dorchester  Bridport- NOW OPEN

A35 in Lytchett Minster blocked in both directions at Bakers Arms Roundabout, because of flooding.

A35 in Bere Regis partially blocked at the Froom's Lane junction, because of flooding and a collapsed manhole.

A351 Dorset - The road is just passable on A351 in both directions in Corfe Castle around the B3351 junction, because of flooding.

A352 Dorset - Flooding on A352 in both directions in Wareham at the B3070 junction.

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Here is the latest advice from the AA as further gales look likely to disrupt half-term travel plans.
They are urging drivers to #thinkdontsink


A spokesman for the AA said:

With further gales set to disrupt half-term travel, the AA is encouraging drivers to try completing their journeys in daylight hours.

So far today (as at 2pm), the AA has attended 40 flood-stricken vehicles, totalling around 880 since last Friday.

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s severe weather team, says: “Many people will be travelling for half-term next week but with conditions as they are, try to travel within daylight hours when it’s easier to spot flooding and other hazards on the road.

“It’s also pretty tiring driving in poor weather, so break up any journey more than three hours long. Keep tuned to local radio for all the traffic and weather reports and, at the very least, take plenty of warm, waterproof clothing, an atlas or sat-nav and a fully-charged mobile.”

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Here is the latest update on the weather from the Coastguards:


The forecast will see winds up to Force 11 for a time. However, the wild weather looks likely to die down a little over the weekend.
From tomorrow morning into Sunday it will be South Westerly Force 7-9, decreasing 4-5.
The sea state will also die down a bit and the squally showers will become fair.

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Here are some pictures we have been given of the 1979 floods in Chiswell.

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Due to the severe weather, HMS Dauntless’ plans for her visit to Portland this weekend have changed with visits to the ship cancelled.

A statement from the Royal Navy says: "The Daring-Class destroyer should have berthed alongside at the harbour today, but strong winds have meant that it would imprudent to operate cranes to fix access gangways in place and indeed small boats to support the ship's visit plan and thus it has been decided to cancel the events linked to the visit. The ship is at anchor in Portland Harbour and will depart on Sunday.

"The ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Adrian Fryer, has expressed disappointment and regret that, although the ship has made it to Portland, she will be unable to host the planned visits.

“I know that we had all been looking forward to welcoming local people on board over the weekend,” said Commander Fryer. “And we are disappointed that the continued adverse weather has thwarted our plans on this occasion.

“I hope that we may be able to make a return visit at some time in the future – in the meantime, I am sorry for the inevitable disappointment this will mean for all those who were looking forward to coming on board and supporting us during our weekend, and we thank them for their enthusiasm during the planning of this visit.”

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A woman and her grandson were rescued from flood water by the fire service.
Fire crews were called to East Holme near Wareham earlier this morning and found a car in flood water.
The vehicle had a woman and her 18 month-old grandson in. Firefighters pushed the car to safety and both its occupants were fine.

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More flood pictures from the coast road.

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We have just spoken to Winterborne Valley First School. The last of the parents are just arriving to pick up their children.

The school is closing due to the flooding on the road outside.

A spokesman said: "We haven't been flooded but the road in front was very flooded.

"For the children's safety we have been advised to close."

 

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The A35 between Dorchester and Bridport has been closed westbound due to flooding. Eastbound carriageway remains open. The X53 bus service Weymouth-Exeter has been suspended.

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Pictures from the coast road of flooding.

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No plans to close Portland Beach Road yet but it will be monitored between 6pm tonight and 6am tomorrow morning so on standby to close if required.

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Storm Wallace will be helping to run a respite centre tonight at Fortuneswell Methodist Church.

She said:

"What we'll be doing in there is just offering refuge to those who don't want to stay in their homes in Chiswell.

"Even if the sea hasn't come over you're still welcome. If you've got elderly relatives that don't want to be at home on their own or nervous, they're welcome to join us.

"We'll be doing teas and coffees. They'll be quite a lot of people in there. Feel free to come in and spend the evening with us.

"We'll be open all night into tomorrow morning as well.

"We've been put on a multiagency response for this evening due to weather conditions.

"We've got heavy rain and winds coming in this evening. We're also on a spring tide, which is what happened last Wednesday when the sea came over.

"At the moment it's not too bad but we're on that alert and we have to act as if it might happen. We're opening the centre just in case.

"All teas and coffees will be free tonight for people who want to come along."

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Suspicious object closes section of Chesil Beach near the Chesil Beach Centre. See more here http://bit.ly/1gDTju7

 

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Our reporter Rachel Stretton is in the Winterbourne Abbas area where traffic has almost ground to a halt.

She said: "The traffic on the A35 westbound is really slow. There is bad flooding between the Football Ground roundabout and Monkey's Jump and on Monkey's Jump roundabout itself."

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Here's the latest on travel chaos in West Dorset as a result of the wild weather from our Bridport reporter Lee Irving.

The torrential rain has caused disruptions to motorists in West Dorset.

A lot of water has accumulated at Marsh Barn, near the West Bay turn on the Coast Road, with cars trying to get through the deep water.

There is also a section of deep water on Litton Lane following the hours of torrential rain.

Reports are also coming in of bad driving conditions on the Bride Valley Lanes, with sections flooded and fog reducing visibility for drivers.

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Here's a very damp looking dug-out at the Bob Lucas Stadium, the water-logged home of Weymouth FC.

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The B3159 at Martinstown is flooded.

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Winterbourne Valley First School is now closing.

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We've just had reports in that there is flooding at Winterbourne Abbas.

There is water on the main road through the village and it is understood some residents have been affected.

Children at Winterbourne Valley First School will be sent home early.

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Here's a picture taken at Waddock Cross, near Dorchester, where a large tree has fallen down blocking the B3390. Our photographer Finnbarr Webster is at the scene.

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Preston Beach Road in Weymouth will be closed tonight, from 11pm until 3.30am, it has been announced.

This is because winds of up to 80mph have been predicted for the Dorset coast.

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West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin has been in Charminster this morning to discuss flooding issues in the village. 

Flooding of St Mary’s Church and other properties in the village are believed to stem from the design of a grade two listed bridge over the River Cerne by the churchyard and Mr Letwin chaired a meeting with representatives of the Environment Agency, Dorset County Council and English Heritage to discuss a way forward.

Following a productive meeting Mr Letwin said he was confident all parties could now work towards a solution and has challenged the Environment Agency and Dorset County Council to come up with a design for a new bridge in the coming weeks.

The Environment Agency believes if everything goes to plan and English Heritage is satisfied with the plans produced work on a new bridge could start next year.

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The Met Office has updated us with a warning about strong winds tonight.

Very strong winds are possible across southern and southeastern counties of England from this afternoon, overnight into Saturday morning.

Gusts of 70 mph are likely with isolated 80 mph gusts possible along most exposed parts of the south coast. Winds will ease from the west during Saturday morning.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel as well as trees being uprooted and perhaps damage to buildings. The very strong winds will be accompanied by large waves along the south coast and the public should also be aware of these potentially dangerous conditions and also the possibility of coastal flooding.

 

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Thanks to Emma Bratley of Greys Stores in flood-hit Milborne St Andrew for a picture that put a smile on our faces this morning.

Keep sending in all your wild weather photos to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk

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Reporter Oscar Tollast is on the scene in Chiswell this morning speaking to residents as Portlanders face more wild weather.

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I've just spoken to The Watercress Company, which is based at Waddock Cross, between Crossways and Dorchester, close to where a large tree is blocking the road over Hurst Bridge.

The road is completely blocked and Dorset Police are on the scene.

A woman is volunteering her services controlling traffic. 

Motorists are advised to avoid the B3990, which will be blocked until the tree is removed.

 

 

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Advice from the Highways Agency about high-sided vehicles avoiding the Long Bredy section of the A35 comes after this lorry blew over on the same stretch of road on Wednesday.

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DRIVERS in Dorset are being urged to take care as heavy rain and strong winds are forecast today and into Saturday.

High-sided vehicles are advised to avoid the Long Bredy section of the A35.

A severe weather alert for gales for the south west and the south east has been issued by the Met Office – with 70mph gusts predicted.

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.

The Met Office is also forecasting more rain across the network, with another 15 to 25mm of rainfall expected. The already saturated south of England may experience up to 40mm locally, bringing further flooding issues to the prone areas.

There is a particular risk that high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes could be blown over and the Highways Agency, in conjunction with the Met Office, are strongly advising that these types of vehicles avoid, if possible, the following sections during the severe weather.

 

9:33am

9:27am

West Dorset MP Oliver Letwin is holding an emergency meeting in Charminster today with villagers who are concerned about flooding.

Echo reporter Harry Hogger is at the scene to report on the meeting.

Dorset Echo:

9:19am

The Portland Heights Hotel is on stand-by to act as an emergency rest centre if people in Chiswell need to evacuate their homes today.

Simon Parker, the county council's emergency planning officer, said: "Residents should prepare for flooding."

9:15am

8:57am

8:21am Fri 14 Feb 14

islandman says

I have been sending Stuart Morris's YouTube clips to someone I know via the internet that lives in Wales. He originates from Portland and has recognised
his boyhood home etc .also he has a brother in either NZ or OZ. I'm now wondering if this is the same person.

 

8:55am

The Met Office says strong winds of around 80mph will be battering the south coast from the early evening.

8:40am

Thanks to reader Jo Drake-Leake for this satellite image of storms heading our way.

Dorset Echo:

7:47am

North Dorset MP Bob Walter visited flood-hit Milborne St Andrew yesterday, where he inspected the drainage system in Milton Road with flood warden Steve Lord.

Mr Walter welcomed a decision made yesterday to bring pumps in to deal with the prolonged flooding on lower Milton Road.

He said: “I know that action can never come fast enough for those whose homes and businesses are hit by flooding, but I welcome yesterday’s decision by the County Council’s highways team to pump away flood water on Milton Road.

"Hopefully this is a sign that joint efforts to convince highways officers of the underlying drainage issues at Milborne St Andrew have not been in vain, and that both the County Council and the EA will now undertake a thorough review of the situation once flood waters have subsided.”

Dorset Echo:

7:42am

We've just received the following email from Dave Ford of Christchurch, New Zealand.

"May I take this opportunity to ‘thank’ the Dorset Echo News Team for the comprehensive coverage of Dorset’s recent storms -especially Portland.

"Your photographer has taken many dramatic photos as also, the many amateur contributors.

"From my point-of-view, the 11 minute video taken by Portland’s Stuart Morris is a mesmerising ‘'must-watch, again and again. I too have spent many hours at the end of Cove Cottages watching the waves crash on the beach....it is indeed mesmerising. 

"In J.M.Falkner’s book “Moonfleet” he opens chapter 11 with four lines from Jean Ingelow’s poem “The Floods;”

“Then banks came down with ruin and rout,
Then beaten spray flew round about,
Then all the might floods were out,
And all the world was in the sea.”
Think that’s a very apt description.
Sincerely yours.
Dave Ford Christchurch NZ

Thanks Dave. We're glad to hear we're keeping you informed.

We welcome contributions from anywhere in the world. Send all your thoughts and pictures on Dorset's wild weather to newsdesk@dorsetecho.co.uk

7:37am

This was the scene in Milborne St Andrew yesterday, where villagers are calling for a better drainage system in Milton Road.

Dorset Echo:

7:35am

Morning, the Met Office has forecast up to 25mm today as another storm rolls in. Stay with us for all the latest weather and travel reports.

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8:21am Fri 14 Feb 14

islandman says...

I have been sending Stuart Morris's YouTube clips to someone I know via the internet that lives in Wales. He originates from Portland and has recognised
his boyhood home etc .also he has a brother in either NZ or OZ. I'm now wondering if this is the same person.
I have been sending Stuart Morris's YouTube clips to someone I know via the internet that lives in Wales. He originates from Portland and has recognised his boyhood home etc .also he has a brother in either NZ or OZ. I'm now wondering if this is the same person. islandman

4:20pm Fri 14 Feb 14

islandman says...

If you are scrolling through this up-date (via chrome) and think you should be viewing accompanying photographs but are not, then try Internet Explorer as they are shown more readily there. Don't know about Firefox). It's a pity to miss them due to browser configurations.
If you are scrolling through this up-date (via chrome) and think you should be viewing accompanying photographs but are not, then try Internet Explorer as they are shown more readily there. Don't know about Firefox). It's a pity to miss them due to browser configurations. islandman

11:28pm Fri 14 Feb 14

desmondoo says...

The sheer stupidity of people out in this weather with youngsters is beyond me !!!!!
The sheer stupidity of people out in this weather with youngsters is beyond me !!!!! desmondoo

11:31pm Fri 14 Feb 14

desmondoo says...

Why on earth would you risk taking a child out in this crazy,stupid,ignoran
t or all 3 !!!!
Why on earth would you risk taking a child out in this crazy,stupid,ignoran t or all 3 !!!! desmondoo

10:26am Sat 15 Feb 14

ksmain says...

If that video at 12.57 on here is of John Gurd - he is a very attractive woman!!!
If that video at 12.57 on here is of John Gurd - he is a very attractive woman!!! ksmain

12:48pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Bumpkin says...

We have lost count of the number of trucks blown over on the A35 above Litton Cheney and Askerswell. Why do the truck drivers ignore common sense and the safety of others by travelling along this very exposed section of the A35 when there are perfectly good alternative routes on the A30 and A303? Why do they think they can inconvenience thousands of people who have to wait in queues stretching for miles whilst ther overturned trucks are rescued? I certainly hope they have grounds to sue the truck companies for delays, lost revenue etc etc. Fiinally, who is responsible for clearing up the mess left behind, what do you think Wyvern Cargo and Shears amongst others??
We have lost count of the number of trucks blown over on the A35 above Litton Cheney and Askerswell. Why do the truck drivers ignore common sense and the safety of others by travelling along this very exposed section of the A35 when there are perfectly good alternative routes on the A30 and A303? Why do they think they can inconvenience thousands of people who have to wait in queues stretching for miles whilst ther overturned trucks are rescued? I certainly hope they have grounds to sue the truck companies for delays, lost revenue etc etc. Fiinally, who is responsible for clearing up the mess left behind, what do you think Wyvern Cargo and Shears amongst others?? Bumpkin

11:19pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Weston7 says...

The Environment Agency really should be more careful in the information they put out. National media have picked their report of a massive landslip at 'Weston, Portland'. The one they show occurred years ago. I have a similar aerial photo taken last August.
The Environment Agency really should be more careful in the information they put out. National media have picked their report of a massive landslip at 'Weston, Portland'. The one they show occurred years ago. I have a similar aerial photo taken last August. Weston7

10:58am Mon 17 Feb 14

arlbergbahn says...

this is really really confusing. It appears to be a new story from the front page, but it seems to simply be the story which has been running since last Friday. Couldn't the Dorset Echo draw a line under their "Live Updates" and simply have an update for today, so we know which are still current and relevant? it's thoroughly confusing.
this is really really confusing. It appears to be a new story from the front page, but it seems to simply be the story which has been running since last Friday. Couldn't the Dorset Echo draw a line under their "Live Updates" and simply have an update for today, so we know which are still current and relevant? it's thoroughly confusing. arlbergbahn

1:53pm Mon 17 Feb 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

I notice that some local authorities have got their priorities right - work continues on the 'improvements' to the southern part of Weymouth Way.
I notice that some local authorities have got their priorities right - work continues on the 'improvements' to the southern part of Weymouth Way. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

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