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- Forecaster warns of potential for surface flooding
- Also a risk of large waves and spray
- Live weather, traffic and travel as the storm moves across the UK
Thank you for reading the updates today - we hope you have a lovely, rain-free evening
We'll be closing the blog shortly, but make sure you keep an eye out for tonight's supermoon. Apparently, Dorset is one of the best places in the UK to see the lunar spectacle
Flood alert issued for various areas including: Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seatown, West Bay, Chesil Beach and Chiswell http://t.co/Ctbd67t999— @TravelDorset 10 August 2014
If you're heading north from Dorchester and West Dorset to the M5, it's blocked northbound by a major accident j26-j27. Find an alternative.— @DorsetTransport 10 August 2014
Environment Agency have said We're expecting strong winds & large waves to increase flood risk in coastal areas... http://t.co/xk5h3krWVG— @IncidentsTEES 10 August 2014
Just heard a black labrador has been found in Richmond Road, Sherborne. Anyone lost one or know who might have done?— @OliversSherbs 10 August 2014
The railway lines through Wareham have now reopened after removal of the tree. There may be residual delays to @SW_Trains on Weymouth line.— @DorsetTransport 10 August 2014
Trains: 30 min delays Bournemouth to Weymouth due to a fallen tree at Wareham (15:24)— @Traffic_SouthW 10 August 2014
Delays on @SW_Trains of up to 30 minutes between Weymouth and Bournemouth until around 6pm.— @DorsetTransport 10 August 2014
There is a tree on the railway blocking both lines between Poole and Weymouth and vice-versa.— @DorsetTransport 10 August 2014
We've just heard from @ClayStudioDorse that Barrack Road Christchurch has reopened after the fallen tree has been removed.— @DorsetTransport 10 August 2014
Tree down on barrack Road, xchurch, avoid if poss. Closed into xchurch at Stour Road junction. http://t.co/6ezT0XLsFR— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
#southbourne #beach #Bournemouth http://t.co/cJQuRDG3zV— @geoffzzzzzz 10 August 2014
Ifwanting to make the most of the day? dep. 2nd cox Glen Mallen is giving superb talks at @PooleLifeboats open day. http://t.co/OgWTCPi8KU— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Bertha has gone through. Right call by RO as averaging 35 knots at 1030 hrs. Bike ride tonight 1830 Argyle Road.— @MudefordSC 10 August 2014
The Met Office has just issued a yellow warning for wind in the conurbation until 8pm tonight.
This is the official caution:
"Winds have already picked up across Cornwall, and a swathe of strengthening westerly winds will extend its way northeastwards across many other central and southern parts of England and Wales through today.
"Gusts of 40-50 mph are possible inland, perhaps as high as 60 mph in some exposed coastal locations. The public should be aware of the potential for some minor disruption and difficult driving conditions given the unseasonably strong winds. Wind speeds will tend to moderate from the southwest later this afternoon and evening.
"A deepening area of low pressure will track northeastwards across England and Wales today, with strong winds developing on its southern flank. Coastal areas will tend to be windiest but some strong gusts are also likely inland, especially in association with showers."
#Bertha makes landfall! #Mudeford Quay. http://t.co/gWq1xCMIHe— @JasonHortonUK 10 August 2014
RT @metoffice: Here is the latest view from space of ex-hurricane #Bertha as it moves across the UK http://t.co/NnIhM7xNPW— @KerikeriUK 10 August 2014
“@PooleLifeboats: Sun shining & open day is underway!!! @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/fhuYT6Q5ZL We'll be there at 1 with #Wellies&Brollies— @CllrElaine 10 August 2014
Looking for an inspiring afternoon on a rainy day? Poole Museum & Scaplen's Court open at 12 and they're free - and free of flood warnings!— @PooleMuseum 10 August 2014
High tides due this weekend and into next week. Take care on coasts and beaches #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 10 August 2014
Barrack Road in Christchurch is blocked both ways between the High Street and Stour Road because of a fallen tree.
One lane is currently closed and traffic is slow in the area.
Police and officials from the local authority are at the scene but the tree is too large to be dealt with by crews, and a specialist tree surgeon is on the way.
Looking much better outside now - let's hope that's it for the day!
FLOOD WARNINGS for @BoroughofPoole #HamworthyPark, #WestQuay & #LowerHamworthyQuay. #BePrepared #TakeCareOutThere http://t.co/SGm7HiGAsE— @CllrElaine 10 August 2014
I'm told the weather is getting much better in the Weymouth area, so fingers crossed it's coming our way soon!
Poole lifeboat open day http://t.co/K0HVvBm1n2— @poolecoastguard 10 August 2014
A traditional family fun day in Poole Park has been cancelled because of the bad weather.
The day would have featured egg and spoon and sack races to raise funds for charity Epilepsy Action.
However, organiser Holly Murray said she hopes the event can be rescheduled for September.
It sounds like all lanes on the M3 between J12 and J11 northbound have been reopened, but there's still a lot of traffic in the area
We've spoken to Dorset Fire and Rescue Service, who say they're not currently out on any incidents relating to the bad weather.
That's great news and we hope everyone stays safe!
10:03am Sun 10 Aug 14
....Wonder what life ono board Barfleur is like, she's pootling on out to Cherbourg....
Condors are out too today.
Here's a bit more information on the crash currently causing delays on the M3 -
TWO lanes of the M3 in Hampshire have been closed following an accident.
Two vehicles collided on the motorway's northbound carriageway, between junctions 13 for Eastleigh and 12 for Eastleigh North.
Police have closed the outside and middle lanes of the motorway while they clear the scene, and delays are expected for motorists as a result.
#LatestNews #weather Severe weather has been forecast for today & onwards. Please check @metoffice & @EnvAgencySW before making travel plans— @dorsetpolice 10 August 2014
Kerri Cavendish has sent us this photograph of the "calm before the storm" in Blandford:
M3 eastbound between J11 and J10 | Eastbound | Roadworks http://t.co/ubmDpG7SeC #m3 #trafficdelays— @UKTrafficDelays 10 August 2014
... Good for paddle boarding tho. http://t.co/hYbI2DBWVP— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
RT @HeathrowAirport: Due to strong winds & storms across the UK today some flight disruptions are expected. Please check with your airline …— @iainfast 10 August 2014
Due to the strong winds forecast for Sunday and Monday we will not be operating any trips. Hopefully be back on the water on Tuesday.— @PooleSeaSafari 09 August 2014
Surfers brave the rain #Bertha http://t.co/T9peHJR8k9— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Winds are up on the sea front #Bertha http://t.co/dlp5WvA8rs— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Due to the horrible weather we have cancelled all sailings today. Why not visit @PooleMuseum @poolepotterythe @SplashdownPoole instead :-)— @bluelinecruises 10 August 2014
.@EnvAgency flood alert issued for Poole Harbour this morning http://t.co/VYzKzzDIYw— @BoroughofPoole 10 August 2014
Runners hit the rain at Boscombe pier http://t.co/IIL2SY93KI— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Please report emergency highway situations such as fallen trees on 0845 0678 999. Lines may be busy, so please be patient.— @TravelDorset 10 August 2014
Carnival day and sounds like weather is clearing soon. All the details here http://t.co/BT64Cz8RDz— @PokesdownCF 10 August 2014
Rain calmer but still a tad windy at Boscombe pier #Bertha http://t.co/oMz1xFauPN— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Surfers! @southcoast_surf tad of wave here at Boscombe pier but choppy as. http://t.co/7EIsGAZ5FS— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Still grey this morning over Boscombe pier #bertha http://t.co/Pk18hJye4B— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
8:27am Sun 10 Aug 14
Not much going on in Charlton Marshall atm. Got some wind and no rain. Bit confused as it says hurricane and not a sign of anything yet. Just a normal winters day here
This video by Jon Beale shows the weather conditions at Mudeford this morning:
Here's the warning for Poole:
The following Flood Alert will remain in force for two hours following the time of high tide. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this Flood Alert is in force is : 10:30 am (Local time, British Summer Time) today, Sunday 10/08/2014 ( 09:30 am GMT). The forecast wind direction is South-West. The forecast wind strength is Force 6.
And here are the details for Christchurch:
The following Flood Alert will remain in force for two hours following the time of high tide. The time and date of the forecast high water for which this Flood Alert is in force is : 10:00 am (Local time) on 10/08/2014.
The Environment Agency has issued flood alerts for Poole Harbour and Christchurch Harbour
Cyclist struggles against #Bertha rains http://t.co/QyPO2xgH5Z— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Good luck to @PooleLifeboats with the open day today, hope you get a good turn out despite the weather— @NPAS_Winfrith 10 August 2014
This update is from the Swanage RNLI:
"Today's duck race postponed to Sat 16 Aug
Sadly due to the weather we've taken the decision to postpone the duck race until Saturday 16 Aug. Although you might think it's nice weather for ducks it's not good for highly trained racing ducks!"
The wind is hammering into the cliffs. #bertha2014 #southbourne http://t.co/jv8H9cnsxm— @harrychaplins 10 August 2014
Waking up to thunder and lightning in #Swanage... Hello #bertha... Must be lifeboat week!— @fazanders 10 August 2014
Sea is raging here at mudeford this morning #Bertha @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Ee6ctqkzMc— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Vicious seas at mudeford Quay this AM. @Bournemouthecho #Bertha http://t.co/Y9vSvJJdDo— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
Storm watchers at mudeford Quay #Bertha @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/e3KSruFD9G
— @EchoJon 10 August 2014
This message was posted on the Poole Coastguard Facebook page:
"Windy, raining and now thunder...Just what I need for the Poole lifeboat open day...however there is a promise of bacon and burgers throughout the day... I'M IN....see you all later open day to go to.."
The Mardi Gras Parade is happening today - it all starts at 2:00 pm @ Pokesdown station.— @SovCentBoscombe 10 August 2014
Pressure trend over a 24 hour period. http://t.co/16HRsgVTzz— @DorsetLiveWeath 10 August 2014
Keep an eye on the weather forecast today - already wet and wild in some places with more on its way...— @Traffic_SouthW 10 August 2014
The car boot sale at Canford Parl Arena in Magna Road is cancelled today because of the rain
8:15am Sun 10 Aug 14
Rumbles of Thunder & some rain in Wimborne
@Bournemouthecho thunder over CANFORD Heath area— @StylesDallass_ 10 August 2014
Tonight, many people had hoped to see a supermoon - fingers crossed that skies will clear before then!
At the moment, there aren't any reported problems on the roads, but we'll keep you updated if that changes.
Hopefully, this morning's rain will clear up a bit later on:
RT @metoffice: Rain, often heavy,in the south and west will move northeastwards to lie over Scotland and northeast England later.http://t.c…— @lenziestuff 10 August 2014
Good morning Dorset! How's everyone holding up in the storm? #bertha2014 #bournemouth #poole— @Gayle_Echo 10 August 2014
Portland Maritime Rescue and Coordination Centre in Weymouth have said there are no flooding reports as yet, but there is a gale warning in place later on.
The winds will be picking up and are likely to reach Gale Force 8.
Here's what forecasters at the Met Office have to say about the weather so far:
"There is the potential for severe weather over much of the UK during Sunday as a complex depression tracks over the UK.
"There continues to be a great deal of uncertainty in the forecast but the public should be aware of the risk of flooding due to heavy rain as well as strong winds and large waves, particularly on the coasts of southern England and areas bordering the northern Irish Sea.
"Given the unseasonable nature of the weather this could be sufficient to disrupt transport and make outdoor activities dangerous.
"This remains a volatile situation, and this alert is likely to be updated as the event unfolds. The public are advised to keep up to date with the latest forecasts and alerts through the weekend."
Good morning all - it's a miserable morning and we'll be bringing you all the latest updates as the remnants of Hurricane Bertha lash the UK.
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