Rain and high winds usher in 2014 - tree down on Christchurch bypass, roads flooded and trains delayed

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  • Heavy rain and strong winds are battering Dorset once more today.
  • The weather is set to stay stormy until this evening.
  • There were flood alerts for Poole Harbour this morning.
  • High tide was between 8.30 and 9am.
  • High water tonight is at around 9pm.

10:39pm

A3060 Castle Lane West both ways closed due to fallen tree between West Way and A347 Whitelegg Way / Redhill Drive (Redhill Roundabout).

8:41pm

A woman has been rescued from her car by firefighters after it got stuck in floodwater on an unclassified road near Factory Farm at Marnhull at around 6.30pm.

 

 

7:35pm

4:02pm

3:40pm

Police have now released a picture of the woman missing from her Upton home. Read the latest here.

3:35pm

We've just had this press release issued by the Environment Agency:

The Environment Agency is warning coastal communities across the region to remain vigilant as strong winds combine with high tides on Friday and continue into the weekend.

The stormy conditions are likely to cause wave over-topping around the coast increasing the risk of flooding to properties and low lying land. Tides will peak on Friday.

Environment Agency teams will be working around the clock to check flood defences and close tidal gates. Further flood alerts and some flood warnings are likely to be issued in the coming 24 hours.

Further heavy rain is affecting many parts of the region today (January 1) and, with the ground saturated and river levels high, there remains a continued risk of river and surface water flooding. Ongoing groundwater flooding is likely in parts of Dorset and Wiltshire as well as river flooding on parts of the Somerset Levels.

Tidal flood gates at a number of locations including Christchurch Harbour have been closed as a precaution and are likely to remain closed until Sunday.

High winds combined with spring tides will result in dramatic waves. People can stay safe by:
- Keeping away from seafronts and promenades when waves and winds are high – respect the sea and resist the temptation to ‘wave watch’
- Staying informed – listen to local radio, and checking flood warnings and alerts at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/31618.aspx

‘Strong winds and large waves are forecast along the west and south coasts of England between Friday and Sunday, coinciding with high tides,’ said Craig Woolhouse, the Environment Agency’s Head of Flood Incident Management.

‘Impacts could include flooding affecting some coastal properties and communities. Coastal paths and promenades could be highly dangerous as there is an increased risk of being swept out to sea. People are warned to stay away from the shoreline.

‘The Environment Agency is monitoring the situation closely, working alongside partners including the Met Office and local authorities. Environment Agency teams are out on the ground making sure that flood defences are in good working order, monitoring sea levels and preparing to issue flood alerts and warnings’.

People can follow the Environment Agency in the South West on Twitter at @EnvAgencySW and can sign up for flood warnings by contacting Floodline on 0845 9881188.

3:20pm

Here's picture of a large tree - around 200ft we think - down in a garden in Broadstone:

Bournemouth Echo:

3:09pm

Here’s some more details on the weather warning for Friday, in force from midnight until midnight on Saturday.

Tomorrow is forecast to be a calmer day before further bad weather hits the area.

Another spell of unsettled weather is expected on Friday with further wet and windy conditions likely across western areas in particular. Tides will be very high, and the public should be aware of the risks of large waves and coastal flooding.
The chief forecaster said: “A developing Atlantic low pressure system is expected to move northeastwards just to the west of Scotland on Friday. This will push further bands of locally heavy rain across the UK and winds will gust to around 50-60 MPH over coasts and hills. Whilst this is not especially strong, lowering pressure will combine with high tides around the UK coastline and bring the risk of some flooding.”

2:07pm

2:01pm

The Christmas tree at Bournemouth Square is being attended to now:

Bournemouth Echo:

 

1:58pm

1:56pm

1:55pm

Search teams are at Upton Country Park after a woman went missing. Read the story here.

1:54pm

We've got a story up now about the bath tub race earlier. Read it here.

1:28pm

1:20pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Jim_Springbourne says

Jim_Springbourne wrote:
Current radar suggests things will start to dry up here a bit around lunchtime for a few hours at least (at the ciurrent rate of movement). Rain already much lighter and patchy in Cornwall and W Devon.
Likely to turn wet again after dark
Sadly the drier slot showing earlier is steadily filling in with more rain, little respite expected now. A batch of particularly heavy rain to the SW seems to have our name on it for later this afternoon.

1:20pm

The A35 bypass westbound at Christchurch is now closed while the fallen tree is attended to.

1:15pm

1:10pm

1:09pm

12:31pm

12:29pm

12:27pm

12:19pm

12:19pm

Sounds like the Christmas tree in Bournemouth Square has fallen down.

12:18pm

No reports of any problems on public transport in our area at the moment - let us know if you come across anything.

12:12pm

Aside from reports of lots of standing water, we've not had any further incidents on the roads. Nasty out there though so take care if you are driving.

11:52am

The bath tub race has finished at Poole Quay - it was cut short from the normal full course because of the conditions.

Many people came out of their tubs and eventually organisers called a halt.

Depsite that, our reporter Jane says that all were in good spirits.

We'll have a full report and pictures later.

11:42am

11:38am

The bath tub race is underway at Poole Quay and the teams are about halfway along the course.

In all, 12 teams have braved the conditions, although many are falling into the water, says our reporter Jane at the scene.

The RNLI has a lifeboat and a RIB keeping an eye on the race.

There is now a healthy crowd of a couple of hundred hardy souls cheering them on.

11:25am

Very windy out there now. The strongest winds are due between now and about 3pm, according to the Met Office, with gusts up to 55mph.

11:12am

There are only a handful of spectators at Poole Quay, compared to the usual thousands.

11:11am

Our reporter Jane at the scene of the bath race at Poole Quay says it is going ahead.

11:04am

Slightly conflicting reports on whether the bath tub race is cancelled at the moment - RNLI say it is, organisers say it's not.

10:59am

Poole RNLI's Facebook page is saying the bath race has been cancelled but our reporter Jane is trying to check at the scene.

10:51am

Our reporter Jane and photographer Sally are at the bath tub race at Poole Quay.

Conditions are not good and they say there are very few spectators down there.

10:47am

The current weather warning stays in place until midnight tonight. Full details are here.

There are no warnings for tomorrow, but another yellow warning is in place for Friday. We'll update on that later.

10:31am

10:15am Wed 1 Jan 14

Jim_Springbourne says

Current radar suggests things will start to dry up here a bit around lunchtime for a few hours at least (at the ciurrent rate of movement). Rain already much lighter and patchy in Cornwall and W Devon.
Likely to turn wet again after dark

10:30am

On the subject of Christchurch, as reported yesterday the Environment Agency has closed floodgates at the harbour.

Here's an update we've received from them:

We have closed the flood gates at Christchurch Harbour today.

This is due to the continuing bad weather and the high tides expected this weekend. The gates are likely to remain shut until at least Saturday.

From today onwards large waves and strong winds are expected along the south and west coasts, which may lead to spray and waves over-topping promenades and coastal defences, especially on Thursday as spring tides approach.

There also remains a risk of flooding from rivers into the New Year across the South West as rivers continue to respond to heavy rainfall.

People can keep themselves informed by checking flood warnings and alerts here and here.

Floodline is on 0845 9881188.

People can take steps to protect their property with temporary flood boards and by moving valuable possessions upstairs.

As the fire service have said, people should not drive through flood water.

The Environment Agency is also warning people to stay away from promenades, high waves and to stay out of the sea.

 

10:26am

Here's some more video from Christchurch Quay earlier. The next high tide is at around 9pm.

10:09am

The New Year's Day bath rub race at Poole Quay is going ahead, we've just been told. About 30 teams are taking part.

10:01am

There's lots of standing water on the roads, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have just issued a warning:

9:56am

A car has crashed into wall in Bovington, more here.

9:39am

So far we're not hearing of any major problems on the roads or on public transport.

If you have any information or pictures for the blog please tweet us on @bournemouthecho or email steven.smith@bournemouthecho.co.uk.

9:37am

At Mudeford the sea has been very high:

9:36am

And this shows how strong the winds were at Sandbanks earlier:

9:35am

Our photographer Sally has sent some video from Christchurch:

9:34am

9:33am

Christchurch Quay has flooded this morning:

9:25am

This was the scene at Sandbanks this morning at high tide taken by our photographer Sally Adams:

Bournemouth Echo:

 

9:22am

Good morning and Happy New Year.

Wind and rain is battering Dorset once more today.

We'll be updating this story today with any incidents and disruption caused by the weather.

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9:51am Wed 1 Jan 14

Percious says...

Great to get all this info here in Cyprus and be able to keep up to date with everything going on over there.
Great to get all this info here in Cyprus and be able to keep up to date with everything going on over there. Percious

10:03am Wed 1 Jan 14

Imaximus says...

Hey, look on the Bright side......it is the hottest day of the year so far.
Hey, look on the Bright side......it is the hottest day of the year so far. Imaximus

10:07am Wed 1 Jan 14

Ebb Tide says...

Percious wrote:
Great to get all this info here in Cyprus and be able to keep up to date with everything going on over there.
Hope the sun is shining as you apply yourself to some serious relaxation whilst we get on with some character forming experiences !
[quote][p][bold]Percious[/bold] wrote: Great to get all this info here in Cyprus and be able to keep up to date with everything going on over there.[/p][/quote]Hope the sun is shining as you apply yourself to some serious relaxation whilst we get on with some character forming experiences ! Ebb Tide

10:08am Wed 1 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

all of the loony's
are out today
bless
all of the loony's are out today bless nickynoodah

10:12am Wed 1 Jan 14

Ebb Tide says...

Ebb Tide wrote:
Percious wrote:
Great to get all this info here in Cyprus and be able to keep up to date with everything going on over there.
Hope the sun is shining as you apply yourself to some serious relaxation whilst we get on with some character forming experiences !
Some 30 teams of characters are competing in the bath tub race at the Quay this morning !
[quote][p][bold]Ebb Tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Percious[/bold] wrote: Great to get all this info here in Cyprus and be able to keep up to date with everything going on over there.[/p][/quote]Hope the sun is shining as you apply yourself to some serious relaxation whilst we get on with some character forming experiences ![/p][/quote]Some 30 teams of characters are competing in the bath tub race at the Quay this morning ! Ebb Tide

10:15am Wed 1 Jan 14

Jim_Springbourne says...

Current radar suggests things will start to dry up here a bit around lunchtime for a few hours at least (at the ciurrent rate of movement). Rain already much lighter and patchy in Cornwall and W Devon.
Likely to turn wet again after dark
Current radar suggests things will start to dry up here a bit around lunchtime for a few hours at least (at the ciurrent rate of movement). Rain already much lighter and patchy in Cornwall and W Devon. Likely to turn wet again after dark Jim_Springbourne

11:28am Wed 1 Jan 14

sea poole says...

We're doomed...!
We're doomed...! sea poole

11:42am Wed 1 Jan 14

FXtrader says...

was thinking of going for a walk in Poole. will have to abandon my plan for today I think..
was thinking of going for a walk in Poole. will have to abandon my plan for today I think.. FXtrader

12:13pm Wed 1 Jan 14

justme20092009 says...

anyone know if canford magna road is open yet
anyone know if canford magna road is open yet justme20092009

1:20pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Jim_Springbourne says...

Jim_Springbourne wrote:
Current radar suggests things will start to dry up here a bit around lunchtime for a few hours at least (at the ciurrent rate of movement). Rain already much lighter and patchy in Cornwall and W Devon.
Likely to turn wet again after dark
Sadly the drier slot showing earlier is steadily filling in with more rain, little respite expected now. A batch of particularly heavy rain to the SW seems to have our name on it for later this afternoon.
[quote][p][bold]Jim_Springbourne[/bold] wrote: Current radar suggests things will start to dry up here a bit around lunchtime for a few hours at least (at the ciurrent rate of movement). Rain already much lighter and patchy in Cornwall and W Devon. Likely to turn wet again after dark[/p][/quote]Sadly the drier slot showing earlier is steadily filling in with more rain, little respite expected now. A batch of particularly heavy rain to the SW seems to have our name on it for later this afternoon. Jim_Springbourne

2:02pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Cosmic Crusader says...

Imaximus wrote:
Hey, look on the Bright side......it is the hottest day of the year so far.
And the coldest!!
[quote][p][bold]Imaximus[/bold] wrote: Hey, look on the Bright side......it is the hottest day of the year so far.[/p][/quote]And the coldest!! Cosmic Crusader

2:06pm Wed 1 Jan 14

damnlion says...

Finding much of this 'flood' reporting quite amusing....
Having lived in Christcurch all my life it's quite normal for the Quay to flood on very high winter tides....Echo reporting trying to make it out as being something unusual...
Finding much of this 'flood' reporting quite amusing.... Having lived in Christcurch all my life it's quite normal for the Quay to flood on very high winter tides....Echo reporting trying to make it out as being something unusual... damnlion

3:27pm Wed 1 Jan 14

manyogie says...

Just got back from Sandbanks, there's people winsurfing on the sea side, rediculous!
Just got back from Sandbanks, there's people winsurfing on the sea side, rediculous! manyogie

7:36pm Wed 1 Jan 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Ebb Tide wrote:
Ebb Tide wrote:
Percious wrote:
Great to get all this info here in Cyprus and be able to keep up to date with everything going on over there.
Hope the sun is shining as you apply yourself to some serious relaxation whilst we get on with some character forming experiences !
Some 30 teams of characters are competing in the bath tub race at the Quay this morning !
I'd hardly call what we've had a storm far less character forming. You're obviously not well travelled.
.
I lived near Miami where people just batten down the hatches and got on with tropical storms and hurricanes.
.
The roads are always a nightmare and trains are always delayed. If people build on flood plains then what do they expect?
[quote][p][bold]Ebb Tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ebb Tide[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Percious[/bold] wrote: Great to get all this info here in Cyprus and be able to keep up to date with everything going on over there.[/p][/quote]Hope the sun is shining as you apply yourself to some serious relaxation whilst we get on with some character forming experiences ![/p][/quote]Some 30 teams of characters are competing in the bath tub race at the Quay this morning ![/p][/quote]I'd hardly call what we've had a storm far less character forming. You're obviously not well travelled. . I lived near Miami where people just batten down the hatches and got on with tropical storms and hurricanes. . The roads are always a nightmare and trains are always delayed. If people build on flood plains then what do they expect? HRH of Boscombe

8:03pm Wed 1 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

manyogie wrote:
Just got back from Sandbanks, there's people winsurfing on the sea side, rediculous!
Would have been a better story if they had been on the road side
[quote][p][bold]manyogie[/bold] wrote: Just got back from Sandbanks, there's people winsurfing on the sea side, rediculous![/p][/quote]Would have been a better story if they had been on the road side kalebmoledirt

9:23am Thu 2 Jan 14

Hessenford says...

They ought to shut the Christchurch Bypass more often, Barrack Road was empty yesterday.
They ought to shut the Christchurch Bypass more often, Barrack Road was empty yesterday. Hessenford

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