UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Hurricane Bertha swoops closer to Dorset - read the latest here

The latest image of Storm Bertha moving towards the UK- Pic by Earth.nullschool.net

The latest image of Storm Bertha moving towards the UK- Pic by Earth.nullschool.net

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DORSET residents are being put on flood alert as the tail end of Hurricane Bertha swoops ever closer to the UK.

The remains of the hurricane are sweeping across the Atlantic and changing into a depression as it comes across.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for the whole of tomorrow and warned people of the potential for Dorset to be battered by big waves and coastal gusts of over 60mph.

A spokesman for the Met Office said people should be aware of the risk of flooding as well as strong winds and large waves.

He said: "At the moment it looks as though the storm will track across the southern half of the UK on Sunday before heading out into the North Sea and travelling up the eastern coast, bringing some disruption to Scotland on Monday.

"Much of the UK will see large rainfall totals, however their remains some uncertainty relating to the strength of the winds, which could be locally very disruptive."

The Environment Agency has put out a low risk flood warning for the whole of England and Wales on Sunday.

Craig Woolhouse, Environment Agency Flood Risk Manager, said: "Heavy rain on Sunday may lead to localised surface water flooding in some parts of England and Wales.

"On Sunday and Monday a combination of high spring tides and strong westerly winds bring a risk of large waves and spray and possible flooding to the south west coast of England and along the Severn Estuary."

Dorset County Council said those planning outdoor events this weekend should be prepared.

A spokesman said: “Low-lying campsites, car parks and caravan parks may be affected by the rain and outdoor events could suffer very muddy or even waterlogged conditions.

“Beaches and other coastal areas could also be hit by large waves and, if this happens, people should stay a safe distance from the shoreline.

“Motorists are also advised to take extra care while travelling, and should heed any road closure signs.”

Ross Macloed,  RNLI Coastal Safety Manager, said that the extreme wave heights  combined with high tides could make normal coastal activities significantly more risky. He said: "The force of surging water or breaking waves can easily knock you over and quickly drag you out of your depth and once in the water it can be difficult to get out.

"As little as one cubic metre of water weighs a tonne and shows that you should never underestimate how powerful the sea can be.

"If you are planning a coastal activity, our advice is to respect the water, and watch the shore from a safe distance and assess the conditions; think about the risk before deciding if  you need to go closer."

The Echo will be tracking the storm and we want to see your view of the weather.

Please send in your pictures and videos – tweet us @Dorsetecho or email newsdesk@dorset|echo.co.uk, but please remember to always be safe and don’t take any risks.

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12:27pm Sat 9 Aug 14

caapprentice says...

The Environment Agency has put out a low risk flood warning for the whole of England and Wales on Sunday.
Echo says 'Could be, may be, be aware, be prepared'.
I think that this is just a recruiting drive for the Boy Scouts.
According to the Met Office forecast for the local area, it may well be all over by the time the majority of us arise from their slothful beds on Sunday morning (:o))
The Environment Agency has put out a low risk flood warning for the whole of England and Wales on Sunday. Echo says 'Could be, may be, be aware, be prepared'. I think that this is just a recruiting drive for the Boy Scouts. According to the Met Office forecast for the local area, it may well be all over by the time the majority of us arise from their slothful beds on Sunday morning (:o)) caapprentice
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8:37pm Sat 9 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

caapprentice wrote:
The Environment Agency has put out a low risk flood warning for the whole of England and Wales on Sunday.
Echo says 'Could be, may be, be aware, be prepared'.
I think that this is just a recruiting drive for the Boy Scouts.
According to the Met Office forecast for the local area, it may well be all over by the time the majority of us arise from their slothful beds on Sunday morning (:o))
last time I stayed up to watch a large storm - only recently in fact - it did not appear, it was merely a whimper, so I am getting an early night!!
[quote][p][bold]caapprentice[/bold] wrote: The Environment Agency has put out a low risk flood warning for the whole of England and Wales on Sunday. Echo says 'Could be, may be, be aware, be prepared'. I think that this is just a recruiting drive for the Boy Scouts. According to the Met Office forecast for the local area, it may well be all over by the time the majority of us arise from their slothful beds on Sunday morning (:o))[/p][/quote]last time I stayed up to watch a large storm - only recently in fact - it did not appear, it was merely a whimper, so I am getting an early night!! FerryFan
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8:52pm Sat 9 Aug 14

I'mavoter says...

Just don't moan afterwards that you weren't warned !
Just don't moan afterwards that you weren't warned ! I'mavoter
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10:31pm Sat 9 Aug 14

sweetdreamgirl says...

Shan't be surprised if its all a lot of fuss about nothing ,so many events cancelled so we shall see,looking at the latest map it appears to be anywhere but Dorset! Got me and the dogs wellies ready just in case :-)
Shan't be surprised if its all a lot of fuss about nothing ,so many events cancelled so we shall see,looking at the latest map it appears to be anywhere but Dorset! Got me and the dogs wellies ready just in case :-) sweetdreamgirl
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10:44pm Sat 9 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

I'mavoter wrote:
Just don't moan afterwards that you weren't warned !
Can't win - you get warned, darn all happens, you don't and you get a battering and everyone runs round like headless chooks. Be prepared for some rain, possibly heavy rain, that's all, leave the making a wedding of it to the forecasters, they are paid to make us worry, lol!!
[quote][p][bold]I'mavoter[/bold] wrote: Just don't moan afterwards that you weren't warned ![/p][/quote]Can't win - you get warned, darn all happens, you don't and you get a battering and everyone runs round like headless chooks. Be prepared for some rain, possibly heavy rain, that's all, leave the making a wedding of it to the forecasters, they are paid to make us worry, lol!! FerryFan
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5:59am Sun 10 Aug 14

Bridders says...

Well readers, have been working a night shift (Saturday into Sunday) not much in the way of wind or rain until about 4am. The wind had picked up a little, but no way near storm strength BUT at 5am the rain came down. For about an hour it was relentless (well in the Bridport area at least) local roads were like rivers during this time although at time of typing this the rain has eased off quite a lot.
So at least the forecast was fairly correct, but not to the extreme they led us to believe.
Don't think there will be any local boot sales this morning, may be a little damp underfoot.
Well readers, have been working a night shift (Saturday into Sunday) not much in the way of wind or rain until about 4am. The wind had picked up a little, but no way near storm strength BUT at 5am the rain came down. For about an hour it was relentless (well in the Bridport area at least) local roads were like rivers during this time although at time of typing this the rain has eased off quite a lot. So at least the forecast was fairly correct, but not to the extreme they led us to believe. Don't think there will be any local boot sales this morning, may be a little damp underfoot. Bridders
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7:47am Sun 10 Aug 14

FerryFan says...

Anyone on any of the Dorset cross channel ferries today? :-D
Anyone on any of the Dorset cross channel ferries today? :-D FerryFan
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