The county was battered by 50mph winds over the weekend.

The stormy weather delayed public transport and brought down trees and power lines, which led to power cuts in some areas.

The Met Office issued a yellow weather warning which was in place for Saturday.

It warned of ‘unseasonably strong’ wind and rain in Weymouth, Portland, Dorchester and surrounding areas.

Powers cuts struck Dorchester and Piddletrenthide on Saturday morning.

A spokesman for Scottish and Southern Electricity (SSE) said the power cut in Piddletrenthide was caused after a power line collapsed due to the stormy weather.

Engineers worked throughout the day to remedy the problem. Meanwhile, several homes in Bincombe and the Broadwey area of Weymouth suffered power cuts in the afternoon. Train passengers faced delays of up to 20 minutes after a speed restriction was imposed by Network Rail between Weymouth and Southampton.

A spokesman for Network Rail apologised for the delays and said: “Network Rail, who own and maintain the railway infrastructure, have imposed this speed restriction due to the forecast high winds and heavy rain. It will remain in place until the affected section of track has line speed reauthorized.”

The train operator apologised for any delays caused to journeys.

In West Dorset, the Lyme Regis Carnival committee made the decision to cancel the Gig Club Regatta due to the weather, however, the remaining events carried on as planned. Meanwhile, coastguards and the RNLI were busy dealing with incidents with people being cut off by the tied, and concerns over paddleboarders.

A video of Chesil Beach which can be seen on the Echo website showed the power of the waves as they came crashing into the coast.

HM Coastguard issued some sound safety advise to visitors.

Ian Guy, duty maritime operations controller for HM Coastguard said ‘the key to staying safe is preparation’ and warned people not to ignore cordons in place near beaches.

Meanwhile, areas West Dorset and Purbeck were on flood alert, with the Environment Agency warning of possible flooding to rivers and streams. The weather started to calm down yesterday with winds dropping. Wind speeds will continue to drop today and tomorrow and some sun has been forecast.