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Amber warning of wind issued for Wednesday as Blandford Road and New Road close, Poole Bridge stuck after lightning strike and homes without power

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Poole Bridge is stuck open after a lightning strike

  • Asda in Poole is also believed to have been hit by lightning as well as Barclays House
  • Blandford Road in Hamworthy is due to be closed at 10am because of fears the road might collapse due to issues with a burst sewer
  • The Met Office has warned of 30mm of rain and wind speeds up to 80mph from tonight and lasting for at least 24 hours
  • Further flooding is expected, particularly in central southern England, and there could be huge waves and high tides, leading to flooding

  • Comments


    BIGTONE 9:24am Tue 4 Feb 14

    Has anybody got a spare fuse?

    Score: 7
    nickynoodah 9:44am Tue 4 Feb 14

    I got a short one
    get round her right now this minute and fetch it

    Score: -8
    speedy231278 10:09am Tue 4 Feb 14

    nickynoodah wrote…


    I got a short one
    get round her right now this minute and fetch it

    It's about time someone pulled your plug.

    Score: 14
    speedy231278 10:10am Tue 4 Feb 14

    Lucky for once that the Twin Fails Bodge hasn't broken yet again, otherwise if would be a complete nightmare! I would recommend not trying to raise it until the lightning strike issues are fixed with the proper bridge.

    Score: 7
    Diverdel 10:43am Tue 4 Feb 14

    speedy231278 wrote…


    Lucky for once that the Twin Fails Bodge hasn't broken yet again, otherwise if would be a complete nightmare! I would recommend not trying to raise it until the lightning strike issues are fixed with the proper bridge.

    Don't speak to soon.......

    Score: 12
    nickynoodah 11:08am Tue 4 Feb 14

    Diverdel wrote…


    speedy231278 wrote…


    Lucky for once that the Twin Fails Bodge hasn't broken yet again, otherwise if would be a complete nightmare! I would recommend not trying to raise it until the lightning strike issues are fixed with the proper bridge.
    Don't speak to soon.......

    2cheeks of the same backside
    think they bright sparks
    the blind leading the blind
    what's up pickeroing

    Score: -7
    MrDMan 11:31am Tue 4 Feb 14

    Angie, from the Murco petrol station, just yards from the roadworks, said: "Normally I would have a forecourt full by now. Its just absolutely dead, yesterday was the same. It is diabolical."


    Diabolical means that it is the work of the devil! It's just roadworks!

    Score: 7
    chrisii1991 12:19pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    I think the mayans got the date wrong!

    Score: 1
    miketheplumb 12:32pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    Not sure how ASADA was hit between 05:30 & 06:00 as there was no storm in the area at that time. Whilst at 07:30 the radar shows an active cell right over central Poole.

    Score: 6
    Browser123 12:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    miketheplumb wrote…


    Not sure how ASADA was hit between 05:30 & 06:00 as there was no storm in the area at that time. Whilst at 07:30 the radar shows an active cell right over central Poole.

    There was hail and lightening over Bournemouth approx 6:15am, could this have been a stray bolt ?

    Score: 3
    hamworthygirl 1:01pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    I think it was around 715 when i heard the storm it certainly made me jump the house shook.

    Score: 4
    TheDistrict 1:14pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    0600 over Wallisdown

    Score: 4
    Diverdel 1:27pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    5:45 in Swanage

    Score: 0
    Gingertree 1:33pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    Slept through the whole thing

    Score: 7
    Shogun50 1:43pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    Why has the problem arisen yet again on Blandford Road - was it because the job wasn't done properly last year?

    Score: 6
    kalebmoledirt 1:54pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    Just hurry up there are people queing back to Wareham waiting to buy a Volvo off Sam.

    Score: 4
    chrisii1991 2:12pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    hamworthygirl wrote…


    I think it was around 715 when i heard the storm it certainly made me jump the house shook.

    Thunder was so loud it woke me up then minutes later it poured down

    Score: 1
    Cordite 2:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    First Bus have just issued changes to services 387 and 720........ Blandford Road, closure from 4th February for approximately 2 weeks!!!

    Guess last year's works didn't last

    Score: 0
    [deleted] 3:03pm Tue 4 Feb 14
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    Score: 5
    Melanie.Read12 5:06pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    I thought one of the things that was always said about the old bridge is that it was so well balanced, that it could be lowered and raised by hand-crank.
    If this is true, could the council not lower it just to relieve the pressure in this unusual set of circumstances, what with Blandford Road being closed as well?
    Once the rush hour traffic is over, then raise it up again and channel everything back over the twin sails.
    This would help traffic trying to get home (in both directions), and not affect the bridge being fixed - given that it is manually operated.

    Score: 1
    EGHH 7:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    Obviously Blandford Road sewer was not fixed correctly last year. Will Poole Council ask Wessex Water for compensation. Of course not!

    Score: 0
    kalebmoledirt 7:12pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    Melanie.Read12 wrote…


    I thought one of the things that was always said about the old bridge is that it was so well balanced, that it could be lowered and raised by hand-crank.
    If this is true, could the council not lower it just to relieve the pressure in this unusual set of circumstances, what with Blandford Road being closed as well?
    Once the rush hour traffic is over, then raise it up again and channel everything back over the twin sails.
    This would help traffic trying to get home (in both directions), and not affect the bridge being fixed - given that it is manually operated.

    Melanie I,m with you

    Score: -2
    Happy Hobbit 7:18pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    Melanie.Read12 wrote…


    I thought one of the things that was always said about the old bridge is that it was so well balanced, that it could be lowered and raised by hand-crank. If this is true, could the council not lower it just to relieve the pressure in this unusual set of circumstances, what with Blandford Road being closed as well? Once the rush hour traffic is over, then raise it up again and channel everything back over the twin sails. This would help traffic trying to get home (in both directions), and not affect the bridge being fixed - given that it is manually operated.

    I agree completely
    **The problem with common sense is that t's not very common**

    Score: 0
    Count Mehin 8:40pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    My best wishes to all those suffering property losses due to weather related events.

    Score: -1
    BIGTONE 8:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    nickynoodah wrote…


    I got a short one
    get round her right now this minute and fetch it

    I'm not talking about stumps.

    Score: -3
    Darzet Dumpling 10:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    I've just heard the Twin Sails bridge is stuck open too?

    Score: -2
    Darzet Dumpling 10:21pm Tue 4 Feb 14

    Ooops, ignore that last post. Twin Sails is fine.

    Score: 0
    nickynoodah 9:18am Wed 5 Feb 14

    Happy Hobbit wrote…


    Melanie.Read12 wrote…


    I thought one of the things that was always said about the old bridge is that it was so well balanced, that it could be lowered and raised by hand-crank. If this is true, could the council not lower it just to relieve the pressure in this unusual set of circumstances, what with Blandford Road being closed as well? Once the rush hour traffic is over, then raise it up again and channel everything back over the twin sails. This would help traffic trying to get home (in both directions), and not affect the bridge being fixed - given that it is manually operated.
    I agree completely
    **The problem with common sense is that t's not very common**

    The wind blew the worker and the winding handle in the water
    the winding handle was not wearing a life jacket
    its true no wind up

    Score: 2

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