About Cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies.

More info about cookies.

Lightning hits garage on Somerford Road in Christchurch as storms roll across Dorset

Last updated:

Somerford Road in Christchurch has been closed off after lightning hit the front door of the BP petrol station.

  • A severe flood warning remains in place for Iford Bridge Home Park, meaning there is a "danger to life"
  • Evacuees of Iford Bridge Home Park have been advised that they will not be allowed to return home after the weekend
  • East Dorset District Council is advising the residents of Beaulieu Gardens Home Park to consider evacuating
  • A number of other flood warnings are in place Dorset as another storm sweeps in.
  • All football & rugby matches on Bournemouth parks this weekend have been called off due to waterlogged pitches
  • The Met Office has issued yellow 'be aware' warnings for heavy rain on Saturday from 9am until 2pm and Sunday from 9am until 11.59pm
  • Send your pictures to digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk. tweet @Bournemouth or text them to 80360, starting your message with BE.

  • Comments


    skydriver 11:26am Fri 3 Jan 14

    Real good pictures it's great to be kept informed and pass on this info.
    Alas if your in Christchurch, whatever you do don't stop, even to take a quick picture or two, in the rowing club car park, otherwise you will be confronted by a rather pompous man who gets somewhat upset, it's cost us a lot of money to have this car park etc etc etc,, so beware, and be ready for jobsworth! He could almost have been a councillor !!!

    Score: 0
    beachcomber1 12:54pm Fri 3 Jan 14

    lightning doesn't have an "e"

    lightening means something is getting lighter. hth

    Score: 0
    barney39 1:06pm Fri 3 Jan 14

    I reporeted that trree on Tuesday and the council drove past and ignored it

    Score: 0
    Understated 1:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

    i feel for the people who have to leave their homes due to this weather, its a relentless weatherfront and it has to end soon i dont think people can take much more of this sort of thing. we are just lucky theres been few casualties thanks to the warnings ahead of time

    Score: 0
    l'anglais 1:24pm Fri 3 Jan 14

    beachcomber1 wrote…


    lightning doesn't have an "e"

    lightening means something is getting lighter. hth

    As in the coastline is lightening as manmade crap gets swept out to sea

    Score: 0
    [deleted] 1:37pm Fri 3 Jan 14
    [deleted]
    Score: 0
    keith milton 4:13pm Fri 3 Jan 14

    great pics,must to show this to my friends around the world on WGT.

    keithm1

    Score: 0
    chrisii1991 5:05pm Fri 3 Jan 14

    what about the other part of poole park which is flooded because lazy staff wont clean the drains

    Score: 0
    chrisii1991 5:14pm Fri 3 Jan 14

    Understated wrote…


    i feel for the people who have to leave their homes due to this weather, its a relentless weatherfront and it has to end soon i dont think people can take much more of this sort of thing. we are just lucky theres been few casualties thanks to the warnings ahead of time

    Itll end when the kids start their summer holiday then will return when they go back to school

    Score: 0
    Dr Strangelove 9:08pm Fri 3 Jan 14

    Wonder how the surfing is doing at the surf reef?

    Score: 0
    [deleted] 8:49am Sat 4 Jan 14
    [deleted]
    Score: 0
    bisadave 9:05am Sat 4 Jan 14

    "Evacuees of Iford Bridge Home Park have been advised that they will not be allowed to return home after the weekend"

    That's a bit harsh. Where are they supposed to live?

    Score: 0
    scrumpyjack 10:58am Sat 4 Jan 14

    bisadave wrote…


    "Evacuees of Iford Bridge Home Park have been advised that they will not be allowed to return home after the weekend" That's a bit harsh. Where are they supposed to live?

    We are paying for them to stay in a hotel.

    Score: 0

    Next Up