Violent storms wreak havoc across Dorset destroying seafronts, felling trees and ripping up pavements

Bournemouth Echo: The clear-up of Avon Beach continues The clear-up of Avon Beach continues

DEVASTATING storms struck Dorset decimating vast swathes of the coast, felling trees, ripping up pavements and flooding roads.

Violent winds up to 70mph hit Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch on Friday night and Saturday morning, with 30ft waves reported in Milford-on-Sea as a major incident was declared across the area.

Christchurch Quay – which had a severe flood warning – Shore Road in Sandbanks and beaches across the area were all under water as the tidal surge hit shores across the area, destroying beach huts, and battering flood defences.

More than 19,000 people were left without power on Saturday with engineers from Southern Electric forced to call in help from other areas.

Bournemouth Council closed both piers including Boscombe on Saturday and urged people to avoid the seafront due to the extent of the damage to the shore and beach huts.

People were evacuated from their homes in Mudeford, Christchurch and Iford and emergency centres were set-up including one at The Grange School to look after residents.

Emergency services and council workers continued rescue efforts through Friday night and over the weekend, with the Army called in to help clean up in Christchurch.

A Dorset police spokesman said they dealt with 200 weather-related incidents – nearly double the amount of last year – in just over a 10-hour period from 7pm on Friday until 5.20am on Saturday.

More than 100 trees came down across the area with one severing a gas main in Wimborne.

There was significant flooding at Christchurch with eight to 15 properties over the East Dorset and Christchurch areas, in particular Stony Lane, reported as having standing water.

Dr Richard Wild from WeatherNet said wind speeds reached nearly 70mph at Bournemouth Airport at 10pm on Friday and 60mph at 1am on Saturday.

The rainfall in Bournemouth on Friday was believed to be one of the highest in the country, certainly the highest in Dorset with 35mm falling in total and 6.6mm between 11am and noon on Friday.

There is a yellow rain warning from The Met Office for today but Dr Wild said his 16-day forecast was not showing any storms for that period – just a couple of spells of gusty wea-ther.

View all the pictures and storm coverage online at bourne mouth echo.co.uk/ dorset weather.

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6:53am Mon 17 Feb 14

Chris@Bmouth says...

Ripping up pavements!? Maybe a little melodramatic?
Ripping up pavements!? Maybe a little melodramatic? Chris@Bmouth
  • Score: -3

8:39am Mon 17 Feb 14

Phixer says...

Chris@Bmouth wrote:
Ripping up pavements!? Maybe a little melodramatic?
Considering how many people have lost their homes and livelihoods elsewhere in UK and abroad, being melodramatic about garden sheds on the beach is the only way the Ohec can whip up interest in its paper.

Bournemouth and district has escaped lightly.
[quote][p][bold]Chris@Bmouth[/bold] wrote: Ripping up pavements!? Maybe a little melodramatic?[/p][/quote]Considering how many people have lost their homes and livelihoods elsewhere in UK and abroad, being melodramatic about garden sheds on the beach is the only way the Ohec can whip up interest in its paper. Bournemouth and district has escaped lightly. Phixer
  • Score: 10

9:03am Mon 17 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

My sympathy goes out to shaking George
calm down now, relax for a while
get clean and get a job
its only wind and rain
its not ragnarock you know.
My sympathy goes out to shaking George calm down now, relax for a while get clean and get a job its only wind and rain its not ragnarock you know. nickynoodah
  • Score: -17

11:12am Mon 17 Feb 14

beachcomber1 says...

i have to say i'm finding it hard to feel much sympathy for beach hut owners.
i have to say i'm finding it hard to feel much sympathy for beach hut owners. beachcomber1
  • Score: -12

11:23am Mon 17 Feb 14

scrumpyjack says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
i have to say i'm finding it hard to feel much sympathy for beach hut owners.
But finding it surprisingly easy to be a heartless a hole?
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: i have to say i'm finding it hard to feel much sympathy for beach hut owners.[/p][/quote]But finding it surprisingly easy to be a heartless a hole? scrumpyjack
  • Score: 21

11:26am Mon 17 Feb 14

beachcomber1 says...

scrumpyjack wrote:
beachcomber1 wrote:
i have to say i'm finding it hard to feel much sympathy for beach hut owners.
But finding it surprisingly easy to be a heartless a hole?
hahaha have a nice day
[quote][p][bold]scrumpyjack[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: i have to say i'm finding it hard to feel much sympathy for beach hut owners.[/p][/quote]But finding it surprisingly easy to be a heartless a hole?[/p][/quote]hahaha have a nice day beachcomber1
  • Score: -3

11:56am Mon 17 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Today's Echo has 72pt CARNAGE on the front page and last week we had Dorset, the county, being BLUDGEONED by storms. The thing is where are all the bodies? Or more to the point, where are the dictionaries in the Echo offices?
Today's Echo has 72pt CARNAGE on the front page and last week we had Dorset, the county, being BLUDGEONED by storms. The thing is where are all the bodies? Or more to the point, where are the dictionaries in the Echo offices? whataboutthat
  • Score: 7

12:16pm Mon 17 Feb 14

sundaydriver says...

What would happen if somebody took away the office Thesaurus?
What would happen if somebody took away the office Thesaurus? sundaydriver
  • Score: 5

12:37pm Mon 17 Feb 14

John T says...

sundaydriver wrote:
What would happen if somebody took away the office Thesaurus?
There would be no cover on Saturdays
[quote][p][bold]sundaydriver[/bold] wrote: What would happen if somebody took away the office Thesaurus?[/p][/quote]There would be no cover on Saturdays John T
  • Score: 3

1:29pm Mon 17 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

whataboutthat wrote:
Today's Echo has 72pt CARNAGE on the front page and last week we had Dorset, the county, being BLUDGEONED by storms. The thing is where are all the bodies? Or more to the point, where are the dictionaries in the Echo offices?
The same place as the proofreaders!
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Today's Echo has 72pt CARNAGE on the front page and last week we had Dorset, the county, being BLUDGEONED by storms. The thing is where are all the bodies? Or more to the point, where are the dictionaries in the Echo offices?[/p][/quote]The same place as the proofreaders! speedy231278
  • Score: 2

2:31pm Mon 17 Feb 14

60plus says...

I have to say being retired our beach hut is our second home and yes the was pavements ripped up at Shore road perhaps your reader should look before making mindless comments.my heart goes out to them people who have lost their homes
I have to say being retired our beach hut is our second home and yes the was pavements ripped up at Shore road perhaps your reader should look before making mindless comments.my heart goes out to them people who have lost their homes 60plus
  • Score: 8

2:33pm Mon 17 Feb 14

sundaydriver says...

Agree 60plus - luckily our Beach Hut is in the garden so was not impacted by the terrible winds, must be the weight of the Lawn Mower and Tools that weighed it down................
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Agree 60plus - luckily our Beach Hut is in the garden so was not impacted by the terrible winds, must be the weight of the Lawn Mower and Tools that weighed it down................ . sundaydriver
  • Score: -6

2:52pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Tarquins says...

Oh, I do feel sorry for you people, at least the army are here to help! ;)
Oh, I do feel sorry for you people, at least the army are here to help! ;) Tarquins
  • Score: 0

5:11pm Mon 17 Feb 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

Dictionary:
Carnage - the slaughter of a great number of people, as in battle; butchery; massacre.
So ECHO, tell us where these bodies are!
Dictionary: Carnage - the slaughter of a great number of people, as in battle; butchery; massacre. So ECHO, tell us where these bodies are! PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: 0

5:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

sandymike says...

Perhaps Christchurch Council will re-consider their make-a-quick-buck scheme and not go ahead with the new beach huts on Avon Beach for sale to the gullible visitors. Who will buy them now? (if they know what has happened nearby).
Perhaps Christchurch Council will re-consider their make-a-quick-buck scheme and not go ahead with the new beach huts on Avon Beach for sale to the gullible visitors. Who will buy them now? (if they know what has happened nearby). sandymike
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Mon 17 Feb 14

elfinia says...

I remember beach huts being taken away(Bournemouth Beach) or smashed up by the sea when I was a kid in the 1960s. I remember the waves lashing high over the promenade. This is how I knew the surf reef would be a disaster.
I remember beach huts being taken away(Bournemouth Beach) or smashed up by the sea when I was a kid in the 1960s. I remember the waves lashing high over the promenade. This is how I knew the surf reef would be a disaster. elfinia
  • Score: -3

8:12pm Mon 17 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

sundaydriver wrote:
What would happen if somebody took away the office Thesaurus?
We would have to rely on the Urban Dictionary.... vis-a -vis the Somerset Levels......

http://www.eureferen
dum.com/blogview.asp
x?blogno=84683

Conspiracy nut....moi? Heaven forfend.....
[quote][p][bold]sundaydriver[/bold] wrote: What would happen if somebody took away the office Thesaurus?[/p][/quote]We would have to rely on the Urban Dictionary.... vis-a -vis the Somerset Levels...... http://www.eureferen dum.com/blogview.asp x?blogno=84683 Conspiracy nut....moi? Heaven forfend..... O'Reilly
  • Score: -1

8:44pm Mon 17 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

elfinia wrote:
I remember beach huts being taken away(Bournemouth Beach) or smashed up by the sea when I was a kid in the 1960s. I remember the waves lashing high over the promenade. This is how I knew the surf reef would be a disaster.
Absolutely....I also remember that you could walk down steps to the sand which are now obliterated.....I know because I worked down there.
[quote][p][bold]elfinia[/bold] wrote: I remember beach huts being taken away(Bournemouth Beach) or smashed up by the sea when I was a kid in the 1960s. I remember the waves lashing high over the promenade. This is how I knew the surf reef would be a disaster.[/p][/quote]Absolutely....I also remember that you could walk down steps to the sand which are now obliterated.....I know because I worked down there. O'Reilly
  • Score: -2

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