UPDATE: Dorset braced for more storms as Christmas getaway begins - ferries cancelled and trains likely to be reduced

Bournemouth Echo: Dorset is braced for more heavy rain and strong winds Dorset is braced for more heavy rain and strong winds

FAST ferries from Dorset have been cancelled in advance as another spell of rough seas and strong winds is due to hit the area tomorrow.

This evening South West Trains has said that it expects to run a reduced service on Monday afternoon.

A spokesperson for South West Trains- Network Rail Alliance said: "We want to take this opportunity to warn passengers of the forecasts and the effect they could have on the network.

"Like other transport operators, we are monitoring the situation closely to ensure we put the safety of customers and our staff first.

"We are also advising passengers to take extra care during their journeys, plan ahead by checking the latest travel information and allow extra time to complete their trips."

The Met Office upgraded its warning to 'amber' on Sunday lunchtime for severe rain for the region, Condor Ferries cancelled its high speed sailings between the Channel Isles and Weymouth and warned that conventional ferries could also be delayed because of the weather.

While shoppers enjoyed a short lull in the angry weather on Sunday, the forecast from 7am tomorrow is for another intense area of low pressure to hit the area causing heavy rain in the south, where ground is already saturated from heavy rainfall.

Very strong south to south-westerly winds will accompany the rain, especially along exposed coasts and hills where gales or severe gales are likely.

Residents are being warned by the Met Office of the risk of localised flooding and possible disruption to transport due to a combination of wind and rain.

The chief forecaster said: “This will bring 20-40 mm rainfall quite widely, with over 60 mm likely across parts of the high ground of southern England and South Wales.

"Falling onto saturated ground, this will bring the risk of both surface water and river flooding.

"Meanwhile, south to southwesterly winds will increase with gusts 70-80 mph likely around exposed coasts, particularly along the English Channel.

"Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely through the amber area, with a lower risk of gusts reaching 70 mph - more especially across southeast England during the evening."

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2:23pm Sun 22 Dec 13

canfordcherry says...

It just wouldn't be Xmas without the floods...... I seem to remember people saying that with regard to snow, which now comes in February, I also remember a mythical time called 'summer' when British natives, rumour has it, stripped naked, smothered them selves in a cream and cooked themselves as a sacrifice to the sun god.
Global warming, I wouldn't have used all those sprays so wastefully if I realised it meant that we wouldn't have 'just' sun!
It just wouldn't be Xmas without the floods...... I seem to remember people saying that with regard to snow, which now comes in February, I also remember a mythical time called 'summer' when British natives, rumour has it, stripped naked, smothered them selves in a cream and cooked themselves as a sacrifice to the sun god. Global warming, I wouldn't have used all those sprays so wastefully if I realised it meant that we wouldn't have 'just' sun! canfordcherry

5:27pm Sun 22 Dec 13

Isosceles says...

It has been a nice sunny day in Weymuff, I don't know what all the fuss is about!
It has been a nice sunny day in Weymuff, I don't know what all the fuss is about! Isosceles

9:28pm Sun 22 Dec 13

HRH of Boscombe says...

Lol SWT would be 1st to jump on that band wagon!
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What was it this weekend SWT spokesperson? Wrong type of drizzle?
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They're always late,delayed or cancelled. I can guarantee when I get to the station for the 1st train tomorrow morning it will be delayed with over-running engineering works!!
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I would like to see SWT's higher management hung for Christmas please?
Lol SWT would be 1st to jump on that band wagon! . What was it this weekend SWT spokesperson? Wrong type of drizzle? . They're always late,delayed or cancelled. I can guarantee when I get to the station for the 1st train tomorrow morning it will be delayed with over-running engineering works!! . I would like to see SWT's higher management hung for Christmas please? HRH of Boscombe

9:56pm Sun 22 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

We are all braced. Thanks Echo hacks. Braced. lovely word. Braced. I'm braced for roadworks, braced for storms, even braced for a bit of a shopping crush. Braced. Stand off. Braced. I can take it.l Sir! Happy Christmas.
Braced out...
We are all braced. Thanks Echo hacks. Braced. lovely word. Braced. I'm braced for roadworks, braced for storms, even braced for a bit of a shopping crush. Braced. Stand off. Braced. I can take it.l Sir! Happy Christmas. Braced out... whataboutthat

10:48pm Mon 23 Dec 13

Yankee1 says...

I am braced...for another Christmas in Florida........28 degrees C. right now........I'll be back to Swanage in the spring! Hang tight!

*Petrol 45p a gallon*
I am braced...for another Christmas in Florida........28 degrees C. right now........I'll be back to Swanage in the spring! Hang tight! *Petrol 45p a gallon* Yankee1

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