Dorset storms: Severe flood warning for Christchurch Harbour and chaos on roads and trains

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  • Gusts of 70mph are likely on Friday night and into Saturday morning with isolated gusts of 80mph gusts possible along most exposed parts of the south coast.
  • Severe flood warning issued for Christchurch Harbour
  • Traffic chaos on Upton Bypass due to Bakers Arms flooding
  • No replacement transport on railway between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst
  • An amber warning for wind is valid until 10am on Saturday and the yellow warning for rain is valid until 8pm on Saturday
  • Wessex Way was closed earlier due to a "dangerous" lamp post
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11:51pm

We're winding our live coverage down for tonight, but our weekend team will be back early tomorrow morning with the latest updates.

You can get in touch on Twitter using @bournemouthecho, email digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk or phone our newsdesk on 01202 411293.

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Borough of Poole say they have closed Rigler Road at its junction with Blandford Road. The Twin Sails Bridge is still open.

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Purbeck Police say that the wind has taken part of the roof off of Wareham Police Station - nobody hurt.

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We're hearing that Solent Coastguard are evacuating people from Lymington.

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There's a tree down at Bon Accord Road in Swanage, Purbeck Police say.

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An update from Mudeford:

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And an update from Wick:

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Latest on trees down from Bournemouth Borough Council:

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As we reported earlier, Iford residents have been given help where needed:

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The power has gone off in Lytchett, we're told.

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Poole Park is swamped with water and impassable, we're hearing.

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The storms are being classed as a major incident, with an Emergency Planning Centre opened at County Hall in Dorchester because of the number of flood warnings.

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A tree is down on the road out of Verwood, we hear, blocking the route.

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Iford Park residents OK at the moment:

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More trees coming down in Purbeck - one at Stoboough and one at the South Causeway, Wareham. Both closed because of the trees and flooding.

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A tree down is also causing problems on the trains at Branksome.

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Purbeck Police say that the Lower High Street and Shore Road in Swanage have been closed.

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We're hearing that residents close to Mudeford Beach are being advised to leave their homes due to the risk of water getting too close.

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Trains between Bournemouth and Weymouth are being disrupted due to a tree across the line at Moreton.

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Unsurprisingly, the Sandbanks Ferry will not be restarting tonight:

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Latest from Borough of Poole:

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Our photographer Sally took some video down at Sandbanks too. It's been quite some time since the water got this far over the road. High tide has now passed until the early hours and then is expected again at 10am tomorrow.

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Another tree down, this time in Oakdale, Poole:

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We've heard from Purbeck Police that the closure of the A351 at Harman's Cross, outside of Swanage, will remain all night. With the Sandbanks Ferry out of action, that means that Swanage is almost inaccessible as it stands.

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The best advice at the moment from the authorities is, basically, to stay indoors unless you absolutely have to go out.

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Trees are coming down all over the place now:
 

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Sandbanks is like a river at the moment:
 

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As high tide approaches at Sandbanks, the road is swamped:
 

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We've just heard that a large tree has come down in Colonnade Road, Boscombe.

Resident Angela Edwards told us that it has crushed a car, but luckily nobody has been hurt. We hope to have a picture shortly.

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Wightlink between Lymington and Yarmouth is also suspended.

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Just in case you might be heading to Southampton for a ferry to the Isle of Wight, all sailings on Red Funnel have now been cancelled.

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High tide at Christchurch is about 20 minutes later, at around 9.10pm.

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High tide is due in about half an hour in Poole.

Sally our photographer is at Sandbanks and says the road is completely covered with water. We'll hopefully have a picture soon.

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Latest traffic info can be found here.

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I've just been looking up and down our traffic feed and there are scores of roads across the area that are either shut or barely passable due to flooding.

Seems like a good night to stay in with your Valentine...

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Although the A35 reopened earlier, it is still suffering and is only just passable at the Bakers Arms.

Also, trains are still subject to delays but are now running from Bournemouth and Poole.

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Here's the latest from the Environment Agency:

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Problems in Purbeck as well:

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Our photographer Sally says Sandbanks Road close to Whitecliff Road is flooded and barely passable.

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Here's some more from Jon:

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Our photographer Jon has sent some pictures from Christchurch Quay, where the water is very high tonight:

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We've spoken to Ken and Wendy Ayres, who manage the Iford Bridge Home Park that was evacuated twice over the festive period.

They have not been told to evacuate tonight, but say that the Environment Agency have told them that water could come onto the park later, so the Baptist Church opposite the entrance to the park has been made available and they are using it while they see what happens.

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South West Trains are advising people not to travel after 8pm.

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The Sandbanks Ferry is currently out of action:
 

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Our reporter Nicky Findley, who's in Branksome Park, says a large tree has come down and is blocking Western Road, close to the church.

She says it hasn't hit anything but several cars have parked near it to mark out the fact that it is there. We'll hopefully have a picture shortly.

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We're also told that traffic is being stopped from going past Highcliffe Rec due to trees that have either fallen or may fall in the strong winds.

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Council staff will be on hand at Tuckton Library to offer support and advice should flooding occur in the Wick area, we're told.

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The council says that sandbags will be available for properties that are deemed at risk.

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We've just spoken to Bournemouth Borough Council for an update. They say the most at-risk area tonight is Wick. They are sending sandbags to Tuckton Library car park.

At the moment Iford Bridge is not expected to be at risk and there are no plans to evacuate residents from the home park there.

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Our reporter Alex has just phoned from the A31 heading towards Southampton. She says there is miles of slow traffic heading west. We're not aware of any specific incidents - seems to be a combination of heavy Friday night traffic and the weather.

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We've just had a call from a resident on the West Cliff. He says that a large tree has come down on West Cliff Green. It is leaning on other trees and blocking a footpath.

The tree is not blocking a road.

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Here's some footage of the Upton Bypass this afternoon. Traffic is still slow on the road

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We've just had this picture sent from Jo Hankins of Burley Road in Bransgore

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Poole Council have just released this statement.

"Poole is bracing itself for another period of severe weather this weekend.

"With the forecast for high tide and very strong winds, potentially reaching as high as force 9, the risk of flooding to parts of the town has considerably increased.

"Flooding is likely to occur in Lower Hamworthy as well as around Hamworthy Park, Poole Quay, West Quay, Town Quay, Brownsea Road, Banks Road and Sandbanks car park this evening and overnight.

"Borough of Poole will be carrying out inspections of Poole Quay throughout this period and if the road becomes too dangerous it will be closed to vehicles between West Street and Ballard Road roundabout. Pedestrians will still be able to access the Quay with extreme caution.

"In the event that flooding does occur, council staff will be on hand to distribute sand bags to those properties most at risk of being affected.

"The Twin Sails Bridge and Poole Bridge will only be lifted in the event that mariners wish to access the harbour.

"Simon Legg, Street Scene Operations Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "With this next spell of bad weather we are advising residents to be on their guard. We would strongly advise against wave watching along the harbour and beaches and to take extra care when travelling through surface water.

"Our staff are on standby to deal with any issues arising from this latest storm. The team have been working really hard over the last month or so dealing with a range of issues such as flooding, fallen trees and repairs to roads."

"Emergency pothole repairs have today taken place in Hill Street, Longfleet Drive, Dorset Way, Canford Way and Oakley Straight.

Localised flooding has also been dealt with in:

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  • Cabot Lane
  • Magna Road

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This is the latest from Bournemouth Council on the flooding situation.

"Bournemouth Council is on standby following a severe flood warning put in place for Christchurch Harbour, which could affect properties in the Wick area of Bournemouth and may cause further impact further up the River Stour including Iford.

"The severe flood warning is in place until Saturday morning (15 Feb) with a high tide at 10.45am at Christchurch Harbour, but there is the potential risk of flooding in the area before this time.

"Council staff teams are currently carrying out a leaflet drop of all homes that are most at flood risk in the Wick and Iford areas.

"The Council will continue to liaise throughout the weekend with the Environment Agency and the emergency services and will monitor the situation taking further action where necessary.

"Council staff are on standby, including social care, housing, highways and parks in case further action is required should the situation worsen.

"Rest centres are ready to be set up if residents evacuate from their homes and need somewhere warm to make further contingency plans and get advice.

"In addition, staff across all Council services are being redeployed as necessary and will remain on standby throughout the weekend to help with clearing away debris, gully clearing and attend to fallen trees across the whole of the Borough.

"The authority has a number of tractors, chainsaws and heavy duty equipment to help with any clear up operations.

"Residents are advised to avoid the areas that are at high risk of flooding due to a severe flood warning from the Environment Agency which includes Wick, Iford, Christchurch Harbour and Bournemouth beach.

People are also being advised to take extra care along cliffs and beaches.

Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay between the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground.

With the continuing wet weather more landslides are expected.

Tony Williams, Chief Executive at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “With weather in Bournemouth predicted to continue to be very stormy overnight and into the weekend we urge residents to take extra care and allow more time for travelling.

“We have dedicated teams of council staff working closely with emergency services, agency partners and the Environment Agency to deal with any incidents that may affect our residents.

"From Emergency Planning through Street Services, Social Services, Housing, Seafront, Environmental Health, Building Control to Building Maintenance, there are hundreds of council workers who could be mobilised with well-rehearsed procedures in place in case of any emergencies.

"If anyone knows of any incidents such as trees fallings, flooding on the road, blocked drains or road diversions please do call us on 01202 451451.”

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Bournemouth Echo: Fire crews in Lymington

Fire crews are telling people on Quay Road in Lymington to evacuate their properties after a severe flood warning was issued by the Environment Agency. 

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Hampshire Council have just released a list of roads affected by flooding in the New Forest:

A338 Fordingbridge Bypass: ongoing with pump and lights
A338 Upper Burgate
Thatchers Lane Sopley - closed and impassable
Derritt Lane between Bransgore and Sopley - closed
Palace Lane, Beaulieu: tidal flooding - passable most times
Lepe Foreshore Road: tidal flooding
Breamore, Flood Street: closed
Green Lane, Ringwood  - affected by flooding
Fryern Court Road: closed
Dragon Lane, Kingston - affected by floding
Linford Road, Poulner - affected by floodingr
Kingsbury Lane Ringwood  - affected by flooding
Spencer Road, New Milton - afected by flooding
North Ripley Road, Ripley - affected by flooding
C49 Ringwood Rd, North Ripley - affected by flooding
Tile Barn Lane, Brockenhurst - affected by flooding
South Sway Lane, Sway  passable with care
Coombe Lane, Sway
Quay Road o/s Ship Inn, Lymington: tidal flooding
Long Lane Marchwood - affected by flooding
Bat and Ball Public House, Breamore - The Marsh by the school - Road flooded
Sopley School, Ripley - Ripley Crossroads is impassable
Picket Close, Fordingbridge - partial closure
Butts Ash Lane / Butts Ash Close, Hythe - passable with care
B3055 Marlpit - closed for bridge works
C25 Romsey Road, Awbridge - closed for highway works
U137 Newbridge Road, Cadnam - closed - collapsed road due to flooding
Balmer Lawn Rd, Brockenhurst - Closed  under the rail bridge due to flooding
Kingsbury Lane, Ringwood  - severely flooded and partial closure in force.
Calmore Rd, Totton - passable with care
Crow Lane, Ringwood - severely flooded - impassable
Lower Pennington Lane, Pennington - flooded at end of lane - impassable
Burley Rd -  Brockenhurst between Armstrong Lane and Brookley Rd - closed due to flooding
M27 junc 2 - passable with care
A36 - closed at Ower Rbt.

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Dorset County Council have released this statement about the severe flood warning at Christchurch Harbour.

"Gale force winds are expected to hit the area, including Mudeford, Stanpit, the Quomps and Wick between high water at 7pm tonight (14 February) and 3am tomorrow (15 February).

"Residents in the area are being contacted directly about the possibility of tidal flooding and an emergency rest centre is being set up at The Grange School, Somerford, in case people need to evacuate and will be open from 7pm tonight (14 February).

"Dorset County Council is working with partners including the Environment Agency, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency and the emergency services to prepare for the possible impacts of the weather on local people."

Paul Leivers, the county council’s head of community services, said:

“Residents should prepare for flooding in the affected areas and remember to bring any prescription medication with them if they are evacuated.

“Drivers need to check their routes and give themselves more time. If road users cannot avoid driving through water then take care and drive slowly to avoid damaging vehicles and creating waves that flood nearby properties.”

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Here's some video of the floods at Corfe Castle today from Brian Dorey

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The Met Office have just released this.

"Following a 'multi-pronged attack' of heavy rain, hill snow and severe gales on Friday the weather is expected to gradually improve through Saturday leaving a better day on Sunday.

"Friday's rain will be followed by heavy and squally showers across southern Britain overnight into Saturday. These will be driven along by severe gales with gusts of around 60 mph inland and perhaps 80 mph in exposed areas along the coast. These potentially damaging winds could bring further travel disruption from fallen trees.

"These severe gales could also bring hazardous conditions along the coast and people should stay away from promenades and sea fronts as they could be swept away by large waves or hit by debris.

"Snow is expected to fall over the higher ground in northern areas (generally above 300 metres). Lower levels could also see a risk of some temporary snow accumulations (1-3cm), in particular Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland. Combined with strong winds some difficult travel conditions are possible.

"Darron Burness, head of the AA's severe weather team, said: "Many people will be travelling for half-term next week but with conditions as they are, try to travel within daylight hours when it's easier to spot flooding and other hazards on the road.

"It's also pretty tiring driving in poor weather, so break up any journey more than three hours long. Check the Met Office weather alerts before heading out and keep tuned to local radio for all the traffic updates. In case you get stuck, at the very least, take plenty of warm, waterproof clothing, an atlas or sat-nav and a fully-charged mobile."

"During this period of unsettled weather, people are advised to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings and find out what to do in severe weather so they can plan ahead for the weather in store.

"Looking further ahead, it is a slightly improved picture - Sunday looks dry with sunshine for most, after a frosty and in places icy start. We can expect more rain on Monday but this is expected to be less intense than recently, with lighter winds."

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There will be a 7.30am pitch inspection at Goldsands Stadium ahead of AFC Bournemouth's scheduled game against Burnley tomorrow.

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More from the Bakers Arms - It's now reopened.

 

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Police have used an HGV to move the large amount of standing water on the Bakers Arms roundabout. 

It's worked and now cars can pass. Hooray!

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Traffic problems on Wessex Way towards Bournemouth especially on St Paul's roundabout.

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A severe flood warning has been issued for Christchurch Harbour tonight.

The Environment Agency said it will remain in force for 8 hours between high water at 7 pm on 14/02/2014 and 3 am on Saturday 15/02/2014.

The forecast wind direction are south south west through to south westerly overnight. The forecast wind strengths are Force 9 decreasing to Force 8 overnight.

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Dorchester Road is also closed from Upton to Lytchett this afternoon

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Travel Dorset have said no trains are running between Bournemouth and Brockenhust until further notice.

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Traffic is queuing for more than two miles on the Upton bypass this afternoon due to the closure of the Bakers Arms roundabout.

The road from the roundabout to Sandford and Wareham is also gridlocked as is the A350 road to Blandford from the Upton bypass.

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Photographer Corin Messer is stuck on the Upton Bypass and said police are diverting people back up the bypass from the roundabout.

They are having to turn right at the roundabout and go back up the bypass. 

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Here's the scene on the Upton Bypass this afternoon. The Bakers Arms roundabout is closed due to flooding and police are turning people around.

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Here's the scene from Swanage in Force 8 winds just after 1pm today from Jeff Soulsby.

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The traffic on the Upton Bypass towards the Bakers Arms roundabout is stationary, says photographer Corin Messer. 

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We've just heard from Michelle who would normally be going home via the Bakers Arms roundabout. She says the diversion routes are chock-a-block.

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We have details about a crash on the Upton Bypass this afternoon in which a man sustained serious injuries:

A man driving a blue Mercedes has been injured in a collision on the Upton Bypass this afternoon.

The police said they were called at 2.20pm to a section of the road just beyond the A350 junction, where there is a tree in the highway, which needs to be removed by the local authority.

The police added that the injury sustained is serious but not life threatening.

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Travel Dorset are saying the Bakers Arms roundabout is being closed and motorists are being asked to divert to any available route
 

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South West Trains have said that due to flooding at Sway, trains are unable to run between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst

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We have a bit more information on the situation at the Baker's Arms. 

Dorset Police said there are ‘two or three’ broken down vehicles in the flooded area by the Baker’s Arms roundabout.

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The Environment Agency has just issued flood warnings for Poole Harbour.

A flood warning for Hamworthy Park will be in force for 16 hours between high water at 7pm tonight and 6am tomorrow

A flood warning for Wareham Quay, Ridge, Redcliffe and Swineham areas will be in force for 11 hours between high water at 7pm tonight and 6am tomorrow

A flood warning for Swineham Point and The Moors, Wareham, Panorama Road, Grasmere Road, Seacombe Road, Brownsea Road, Banks Road and the car park on Sandbanks will be in force 16 hours between high water at 7pm tonight and 6am tomorrow

 

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The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Lymington and Keyhaven. The latest update on the Environment Agency website says: 

This warning is being issued as a precautionary measure. Forecast tide levels are significant and will be very close to the top of the sea wall which protects most of Lymington and Keyhaven. 

Some wave overtopping of the sea wall may occur at high water tonight. Most of the properties located behind the sea wall should be well protected behind the defence.

Our river defence scheme will also be operated. This includes closing the gate across the toll bridge to stop any water flowing down Waterloo Road. Our staff will be at Town Slip near the Ship Inn pub to over pump the water. The fire service are also providing pumps.

Properties at Town Slip remain at greatest risk if the pump cannot cope with ingress of tide water. Water could be half a metre deep in this location if pumping is unsuccessful.

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The earlier Met Office warning did look as though the rain might fizzle out by tomorrow morning but the yellow warning is now valid until 8pm tomorrow.

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Here's some advice from the AA 

With further gales set to disrupt half-term travel, the AA is encouraging drivers to try completing their journeys in daylight hours.

So far today (as at 14:00), the AA has attended 40 flood-stricken vehicles, totalling around 880 since last Friday (7 February).

Darron Burness, head of the AA’s severe weather team, says: “Many people will be travelling for half-term next week but with conditions as they are, try to travel within daylight hours when it’s easier to spot flooding and other hazards on the road.

“It’s also pretty tiring driving in poor weather, so break up any journey more than three hours long. Keep tuned to local radio for all the traffic and weather reports and, at the very least, take plenty of warm, waterproof clothing, an atlas or sat-nav and a fully-charged mobile.”

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We've got some pictures of the Wessex Way from earlier. You can see the rather precarious street light in question, which forced the closure of the road while engineers dealt with it.

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This is the scene in Bournemouth's Central Gardens this afternoon.

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The Wessex Way has fully re-opened after the light has been fixed.

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Hampshire County Council have issued this advice for people 

• Do not let children play in floodwater and take care if you or your family must go into flood water as there could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution.
• Wash your hands regularly. If clean water is not available use hand sanitising gel or wet wipes.
• If you have been flooded, or live near a river in flood remember that accidents happen in fast flowing floodwater so avoid walking or driving in or near floodwater.
• It’s important when cleaning up after a flood to never use outdoor petrol or diesel generators indoors even in the event of a power cut. The exhaust fumes may contain carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space such as a home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.
• After being flooded, do not turn on gas or electrics until they have been checked by a qualified technician.
• Avoid eating food that has touched flood water and clean all work surfaces before and after preparing food.

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Please remember pedestrians when youare driving on flooded roads or through lots of surface water.

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chrisii1991 says

why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles

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There is a full closure on the Wessex Way now due to the dangerous light.

The road is not expected to be closed for very long but part of the T-shaped lamp post has to be removed as it is hanging off the main post.

 

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We've got some more information from our traffic feed on the Wessex Way situation.

"One lane blocked due to emergency repairs on A338 both ways between A3060 Castle Lane West (Cooper Dean Roundabout) and A3049 Richmond Park Road (Springbourne Roundabout). Lane two (Of two) is closed both ways whilst a lamp post that is in danger of falling over is fixed."

Latest traffic and travel information here 

 

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Not weather related but Yellow Buses have tweeted Wallisdown Road is closed between the University and Wallisdown roundabout due to an accidennt.
 
We'll have a piece online shortly.
 

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The latest weather-related national news from the Press Association

Plans for hundreds of redundancies at the Environment Agency have been put on hold because of the floods crisis sweeping the country.

The agency's chief executive has sent an email to staff saying that response to the flooding is taking priority over other work.

Paul Leinster said: ''We are quite rightly prioritising incident response above all other work. With this in mind, we are reviewing the timetable for the change programme.

''We will not be taking further decisions on work stream proposals or structures whilst we remain in incident mode. This means we will not be seeking any further engagement with staff on ways of working during this period and will not be entering into any formal consultation arrangements.

''We will continue to work closely with the trade unions and are committed to their on-going involvement.

''Once we move out of incident response mode, we will re-focus our efforts to continue implementing a successful change programme. We want everyone's voices to be heard as we develop ways of working, free from the pressures of incident response.

''Directors and I have been out to affected parts of the country and met with teams working night and day to reduce the risk of flooding.

"The commitment, energy, expertise and professionalism we have seen first-hand makes us incredibly proud to lead this organisation.

"We are committed to managing engagement and consultation around organisational change in a manner that makes the best use of your knowledge and encourages you to have your say.''

Unions have warned that 1,700 jobs are at risk at the agency, with 550 under immediate threat before the floods started.
 

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If you know of any other roads affected by flooding then please let us know in the comments below

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Our traffic feed is reporting the following roads are affected by flooding:

Derritt Lane is closed between Harpway Lane (Ripley Crossroads, Sopley) and West Road (Bransgore)

Stony Lane is closed between A35 Christchurch By-Pass / B3059 Purewell Cross Road / Stony Lane and Martins Hill Lane.

Stapehill Road between Wimborne Road West and B3073 Ham Lane. The road is open but may be impassable at times.

In Winkiton Burley Road at Harpway Lane is open but may be impassable at times

Avon Causeway is open at the moment but may be impassable at times

 

 

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Oh dear, our headline has caused some upset to commenter live-and-let-live

10:45am Fri 14 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says

the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.

Here's a picture of sunnier times in Bournemouth to make you feel a bit less miserable:

Bournemouth Echo: Sky Ride, Real Madrid and sizzling temperatures - it's another busy weekend in Bournemouth

10:53am

Christchurch council has been forced into a U-turn and has pledged to refund flood-hit residents who bought their own sandbags.

Bournemouth Echo: ROW: Flats at Conifer Close in Christchurch and, inset, Colin West Treasurer of the Stour Banks Residents Association

10:52am

10:17am

Poole council is warning people to stay away from the beaches until the latest band of bad weather passes:
 

10:00am

This sounds promising...
 

9:58am

Southern and Scottish Energy have said extra resources are now in place in preparation for the bad weather forecast this weekend. Here's what they are saying on their website:

Due to unusually high winds in the south of England, we have now moved to yellow alert.

We have extra resources in place in order to repair any damage as quickly as possible. Any customers without power are urged to contact our dedicated team.

9:54am

9:53am

The Environment Agency has placed Dorset as being at high risk of flooding for today and tomorrow, as seen on the maps below.

Bournemouth Echo:

Here's what the Environment Agency said in their flood risk forecast:

For the Dorset coastline there is a HIGH flood risk on Friday and Saturday due to a combination of large waves, high tides and gale force onshore winds.

Elsewhere along most of the south coast of England, there is a LOW flood risk from coastal flooding on Friday and Saturday.

There is also a LOW groundwater flood risk in Dorset and much of south-east England through the next three days, increasing to MEDIUM flood risk on Friday onwards in Dorset.

On Friday and Saturday, further heavy rain and bands of showers will fall on saturated ground across much of England and Wales. In southern parts of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and western parts of Dorset, there is a MEDIUM flood risk from rivers and surface water flooding on Friday and for ongoing river response on Saturday (except for Cornwall where the risk reduces to LOW on Saturday).

 

9:36am

The Environment Agency still has flood warnings for the following locations:

  • Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke
  • Middle Avon at Fordingbridge
  • Lower Avon from Ringwood to Christchurch
  • Lower Avon at The Bridges and Stubbings Meadow in Ringwood
  • Middle Avon from Salisbury to Ringwood
  • South Winterbourne Valley
  • Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham

9:28am

Oh dear. This doesn't sound good. 

9:17am Fri 14 Feb 14

Jim_Springbourne says

Looks like another wet one. Radar suggests heavier rain later this morning.
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Up-to-the-minute (well.. every 5 minutes) rainfall totals for Bournemouth available on www.g0ofe.com/weathe
r - click on "24h Graphs" for wind and rain data over the period.

We've just checked out the Weather Station in Springborne site and it does say it is only a chilly 4.9C today and we've so far had 4.6 mm of rain.

9:25am

Here's a picture Tamsin Crane sent in of stormy skies at Branksome Chine last niht

Bournemouth Echo:

9:23am

If you're sick of the rain there is good news. The amber warning is only currently in force until 2pm as it is due to clear to the east during the afternoon.

15-25 mm of rain will fall widely within the Amber warning area with 40 mm possible in a few places.

9:07am

The amber warning for wind covers Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth and gusts of up to 80mph are possible for overnight tonight and into Saturday morning. The Met Office has warned of disruption to travel with potential for trees to be uprooted and perhaps damage to buildings.

Here's the amber warning for wind in full for you:

A further period of very strong winds is possible across southern and southeastern counties of England from Friday afternoon, overnight into Saturday morning. Gusts of 70 mph are likely in the Amber warning area with isolated 80 mph gusts possible along most exposed parts of the south coast. Winds will ease from the west during Saturday morning.

The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel as well as trees being uprooted and perhaps damage to buildings. The very strong winds will be accompanied by large waves along the south coast and the public should also be aware of these potentially dangerous conditions and also the possibility of coastal flooding.

This warning accompanies a larger yellow warning and has been issued as there is now more confidence in the evolution of the system leading to a medium risk of significant impacts.

9:05am

Good morning all. Unfortunately the severe weather continues into the weekend with amber warnings in force by the Met Office for heavy rain and strong winds.

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9:17am Fri 14 Feb 14

Jim_Springbourne says...

Looks like another wet one. Radar suggests heavier rain later this morning.
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Up-to-the-minute (well.. every 5 minutes) rainfall totals for Bournemouth available on www.g0ofe.com/weathe
r - click on "24h Graphs" for wind and rain data over the period.
Looks like another wet one. Radar suggests heavier rain later this morning. . Up-to-the-minute (well.. every 5 minutes) rainfall totals for Bournemouth available on www.g0ofe.com/weathe r - click on "24h Graphs" for wind and rain data over the period. Jim_Springbourne

9:23am Fri 14 Feb 14

master plan says...

Windows weather report= yes it's raining I can see
Trees weather report= there's a bit of swaying so there must be gust of winds
Windows weather report= yes it's raining I can see Trees weather report= there's a bit of swaying so there must be gust of winds master plan

10:45am Fri 14 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.
the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable. live-and-let-live

12:45pm Fri 14 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles
why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles chrisii1991

12:49pm Fri 14 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

This weather started nine weeks ago not six
This weather started nine weeks ago not six chrisii1991

12:49pm Fri 14 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.
I can see your miserable face in my rear view mirror
you look a worried man
don't scrub up very well do you George.
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.[/p][/quote]I can see your miserable face in my rear view mirror you look a worried man don't scrub up very well do you George. nickynoodah

1:38pm Fri 14 Feb 14

live-and-let-live says...

nickynoodah wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.
I can see your miserable face in my rear view mirror
you look a worried man
don't scrub up very well do you George.
im in my house. im not a man. i'm not called George.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.[/p][/quote]I can see your miserable face in my rear view mirror you look a worried man don't scrub up very well do you George.[/p][/quote]im in my house. im not a man. i'm not called George. live-and-let-live

2:27pm Fri 14 Feb 14

l'anglais says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
This weather started nine weeks ago not six
I think the weather has been around a bit longer than that
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: This weather started nine weeks ago not six[/p][/quote]I think the weather has been around a bit longer than that l'anglais

2:42pm Fri 14 Feb 14

MrPitiful says...

Hey-ho, it will soon be Summer!
Hey-ho, it will soon be Summer! MrPitiful

3:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Hey-ho, it will soon be Summer!
Yeah nice weather when kids are everywhere and things are too crowded! great!!
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Hey-ho, it will soon be Summer![/p][/quote]Yeah nice weather when kids are everywhere and things are too crowded! great!! chrisii1991

4:56pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

MrPitiful wrote:
Hey-ho, it will soon be Summer!
And then there will be complaints that it is too hot and we will be praying for rain especially once the water companies start issuing hose pipe bans.
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: Hey-ho, it will soon be Summer![/p][/quote]And then there will be complaints that it is too hot and we will be praying for rain especially once the water companies start issuing hose pipe bans. Hessenford

5:13pm Fri 14 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles
It is actually an offence.....take their numbers.
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles[/p][/quote]It is actually an offence.....take their numbers. O'Reilly

5:18pm Fri 14 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

O'Reilly wrote:
chrisii1991 wrote:
why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles
It is actually an offence.....take their numbers.
Did try but wasnt easy in the rain and wind
[quote][p][bold]O'Reilly[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles[/p][/quote]It is actually an offence.....take their numbers.[/p][/quote]Did try but wasnt easy in the rain and wind chrisii1991

5:18pm Fri 14 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

Also they were speeding pretty fast
Also they were speeding pretty fast chrisii1991

9:41pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Gingertree says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles
If you're out in this weather getting splashed by a puddle isn't going to make you any wetter !
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles[/p][/quote]If you're out in this weather getting splashed by a puddle isn't going to make you any wetter ! Gingertree

10:04pm Fri 14 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

Gingertree wrote:
chrisii1991 wrote:
why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles
If you're out in this weather getting splashed by a puddle isn't going to make you any wetter !
Id rather have the water from the sky on me than dirty muddy water thats been on the ground for hours probably contaminated from peoples cars
[quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles[/p][/quote]If you're out in this weather getting splashed by a puddle isn't going to make you any wetter ![/p][/quote]Id rather have the water from the sky on me than dirty muddy water thats been on the ground for hours probably contaminated from peoples cars chrisii1991

12:09am Sat 15 Feb 14

scrumpyjack says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
Gingertree wrote:
chrisii1991 wrote:
why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles
If you're out in this weather getting splashed by a puddle isn't going to make you any wetter !
Id rather have the water from the sky on me than dirty muddy water thats been on the ground for hours probably contaminated from peoples cars
First world problems, Tsk life is sh1t eh?
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gingertree[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles[/p][/quote]If you're out in this weather getting splashed by a puddle isn't going to make you any wetter ![/p][/quote]Id rather have the water from the sky on me than dirty muddy water thats been on the ground for hours probably contaminated from peoples cars[/p][/quote]First world problems, Tsk life is sh1t eh? scrumpyjack

8:44am Sat 15 Feb 14

spooki says...

Tobias Elwood "Good to see Iford Pk residents in such good spirits despite threat of yet another evac re Stour flooding. Fingers crossed all can stay put.
9:43 PM - 14 Feb 2014" Do they really have any choice? They're probably used to seeing their hard earned possessions and homes being flooded without some fool stating the obvious.
Oh and what is that woman doing walking her dog at 10.18pm in a flooded area? Do people have no sense?
Tobias Elwood "Good to see Iford Pk residents in such good spirits despite threat of yet another evac re Stour flooding. Fingers crossed all can stay put. 9:43 PM - 14 Feb 2014" Do they really have any choice? They're probably used to seeing their hard earned possessions and homes being flooded without some fool stating the obvious. Oh and what is that woman doing walking her dog at 10.18pm in a flooded area? Do people have no sense? spooki

1:06pm Sat 15 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

live-and-let-live wrote:
nickynoodah wrote:
live-and-let-live wrote:
the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.
I can see your miserable face in my rear view mirror
you look a worried man
don't scrub up very well do you George.
im in my house. im not a man. i'm not called George.
Sorry about that my passenger a the time said
that aint a man
its an old lady with a tacher.
[quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]live-and-let-live[/bold] wrote: the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.[/p][/quote]I can see your miserable face in my rear view mirror you look a worried man don't scrub up very well do you George.[/p][/quote]im in my house. im not a man. i'm not called George.[/p][/quote]Sorry about that my passenger a the time said that aint a man its an old lady with a tacher. nickynoodah

5:42am Wed 19 Feb 14

Old Boscombe Lad says...

I left Bournemouth forty seven years ago to come to Canada. I can't believe what you guys are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this terrible time. I will be checking in from time to time to see how things are going . In the meantime I wish you all - GOOD LUCK.
I left Bournemouth forty seven years ago to come to Canada. I can't believe what you guys are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this terrible time. I will be checking in from time to time to see how things are going . In the meantime I wish you all - GOOD LUCK. Old Boscombe Lad

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