Flooding is expected in parts of Dorset again today with authorities warning that immediate action may required.

The flood warnings issued by the Environment Agency (EA) yesterday remain in force, with particular urgency at Preston beach and the surrounding area.

Sea spray overtopping is forecast as a result of high tides and strong winds.

Drivers are being warned that there may also be 'significant' spray and shingle overtopping affecting the coast road.

Conditions may apply two to four hours either side of high tide at 8.15am today, the EA said.

Dorset Echo: Picture: Environment Agency/GOV.UKPicture: Environment Agency/GOV.UK

An EA spokesman said: "We believe there is a possibility of flooding for the Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmoor.

"We are closely monitoring the situation. Please avoid contact with flood water and be careful along beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths and roads as large waves could be dangerous."

UPDATE: A further warning for flooding has been issued for the River Frome between Dorchester and East Stoke, and between East Stoke and Wareham.

The EA says river levels remain high at the Stinsford gauge as a result of heavy rainfall.

The spokesman added: "We believe there is a possibility of flooding for areas in Dorchester, West Stafford, Bockhampton, Lewell, Tincleton, Pallington, Waddock, Moreton, Wool and East Stoke.

"Further showery rainfall is forecast over the next 24 hours.

"We expect river levels to remain high until over the next few days.

"We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences.

"Please plan driving routes to avoid low lying roads near rivers, which may be flooded and avoid using low lying footpaths near local watercourses."