Flooding is imminent on Portland Beach Road warns the Met Office as Dorset is battered by heavy rain.

Flooding is expected on Portland Beach Road at Ferry Bridge tomorrow in the hours around high tide at 6am.

The tide will be higher than normal due to unsettled weather with southerly force 5 winds and large waves. This has also sparked a flood alert across the east coast of Dorset including Castletown, Weymouth and Preston Beach.

The highest tide level of 1.81m Above Ordnance Datum is expected to be at Chesil Bank and The Fleet Nature Reserve and Ferry Bridge Marine Services, Portland Beach Road.

A spokesperson for the Met said: "Weather conditions are expected to produce large onshore waves.

"We are expecting higher than normal tides over the next three days and as a result, we may issue further alerts/warnings.

"We will continue to monitor the forecast and re-issue this alert/warning if necessary.

"Please stay away from beaches, promenades, coastal footpaths and roads as the expected large waves and sea spray will be dangerous.

"Residents are strongly urged to take action now. Remain safe and be aware of your surroundings."