LiveAmber 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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Summary

  • 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

11:13pm

The traffic feed is showing that both New Road in Ferndown and Poole Lifting Bridge are still closed.

Thanks for following the blog - stay safe!

11:10pm

The Met Office has just issued an amber warning for wind - meaning be prepared - that comes into force at 8am tomorrow.

It's already really blustery out there, but apparently it will get worse.

Here's the official statement:

"Winds are expected to gust to around 70 mph over coasts, and 50-60 mph inland, whilst rain will be heavy at times.

"The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption to transport and power due to fallen trees. 

"Additionally, large waves bring the risk of flooding in some coastal areas."

The warning will be in place until 3pm, and covers all of Dorset and Wiltshire too.

 

10:09pm

We're signing off our live coverage for tonight, but we'll be back early tomorrow morning with updates.

9:53pm

The fallen tree on the A351 at Sandford has been cleared.

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9:32pm

South West Trains say that services are likely to be affected tomorrow:

9:20pm

Poole Bridge remains closed:

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9:15pm

One of the roads partially blocked due to a fallen tree is the A351 at Sandford.

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8:32pm

A police spokesman also said nobody was injured when the lamp post came down at Ferndown.

8:28pm

Dorset Police say the A347 at Ferndown will likely be closed until at least 10.30pm while the fallen lamp post and associated electrical cables are made safe. The lamp post came down near the Porsche garage.

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7:58pm

The A347 has been closed in Ferndown at Dudsbury Road after high winds brought down a lamp post.

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5:57pm

We're going to keep the blog open in case there's any disruption caused by the weather this evening. You can keep us posted on any flooded roads near you in the comments below.

5:11pm

We still haven't heard anything new on the situation with Poole Bridge.

Borough of Poole said it was "unlikely" to be fixed by 5pm.

As soon we we hear more we will let you know.

5:08pm

We've had a report of Muscliffe Lane closed due to flooding: 
 

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4:19pm

The Environment Agency is expecting to issue severe flood warnings as heavy rain and high tides sweep in overnight, with particular concern for parts of West Dorset. Read the latest statement below:

High sea levels combined with strong winds and large waves will increase the risk of coastal flooding along the south west and southern coasts tonight and into Wednesday.

After the wettest January on record in places, further widespread rain – falling on already saturated ground – could cause river and surface water flooding in the south and west of England as well as parts of the midlands into the weekend.

Severe flood warnings – which mean that there is danger to life – are likely to be issued along the Dorset coastline for the Wednesday morning high tide.

Since Friday evening over 117,000 homes have been protected from flooding and over 74,000 properties have been sent a free flood warning. Around 270 homes have been flooded.

Since early December, the country has faced an extraordinary period of severe weather and flooding. However, flood schemes have defended more than 1.2 million homes and businesses, and protected nearly 2,500 square kilometres of farmland across England.

This week Environment Agency teams continue to be out in force, deploying demountable defences, deploying sandbags along riverbanks, clearing river blockages, monitoring water levels, and sending out flood warnings. 


John Curtin, head of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said: “Following the wettest January on record in some places we are now set to experience successive bands of heavy rain heavy rain fall lasting into the weekend.

“With further river and coastal flooding expected this week we have teams working around the clock to protect homes and communities, and over 117,000 homes have been protected over the past three days.

“Strong winds and waves could be dangerous, and we would urge people to take care near coastal paths and promenades for fear of being swept away, and not to drive through flood water.

“We have particular concern for West Bay, Weymouth, Preston Beach and Chiswell in Dorset.”

“In the face of this severe weather we would also remind people that they can sign up to receive free flood warnings, check their flood risk and keep up to date with the latest situation on the Environment Agency website and on social media using #floodaware.”

 

3:58pm

The Environment Agency currently only has one flood warning in place for our area, which is for the Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham.

A post on the website from earlier today says: "The River levels in the Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham remain above Flood Warning thresholds. "

"High groundwater levels are adding to river flow. Up to 20mm of rainfall is expected on Tuesday evening overnight into Wednesday, and levels may respond further."

"We will continue to monitor the conditions and will update this message as the situation changes."

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2:05pm

Winds of up to 80mph have also been forecast for Friday night and into Saturday, with public being made aware of disruption to travel.

A yellow warning has been issued and is valid from 12.15am until 9am which says: "Another area of heavy rain will reach the far southwest of the country late on Friday evening and spread across remaining areas during Saturday morning. 

"The rain will be accompanied by very strong winds, with gusts to severe gale force (70 mph, perhaps locally 80 mph), mainly in exposed and coastal areas.

"The public should be aware of disruption to travel from the combination of this heavy rain with the very strong winds, especially in areas where flooding has occurred recently, or is ongoing."

2:03pm

The Met Office has now issed weather warnings for everyday for the rest of the week up to and including Saturday. 

The warnings for Thursday and Friday are new and read: "A further spell of heavy and persistent rain now seems much more likely to affect much of southern England and parts of south Wales later on Thursday evening and during the first part of Friday.

"This updates the warning issued on Monday, extending the start time back into Thursday and extending the area somewhat further north and west.

"The public should be aware that further disruption due to flooding may occur (or be worsened in some areas)."

 

12:57pm

We've spoken to Borough of Poole who say they are hoping the Poole Bridge will be operating again by the end of today. We will of course keep you updated if we hear anything more on this.

12:22pm

Here is some video from Blandford Road. Poole council have advised that despite the road closure, businesses are still open.

11:23am

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."

11:22am

Our reporter Jim has been speaking to businesses on Blandford Road.

Sam Patterson, general manager of Snows, the authorised Volvo cars dealer and service centre, Blandford Road, told him: "At the moment our customers cannot actually get here to be able to get their cars serviced on time. We cannot get our staff here so everybody is having to start work earlier in the morning to be able to get through the traffic. Before 7.45am its OK, but as soon as the schools start it goes absolutely nuts. People are just putting off appointments at the moment. They are giving up"

11:10am

We have more on the Blandford Road closure, which we've now heard won't happen until lunchtime today:

Wessex Water says a 40 metre section of road will be closed from lunchtime today between Turlin Moor and Allens Lane and the closure is likely to extend across the weekend.

A spokesman said: “A section of Blandford Road will be closed to traffic while repairs to a burst sewer are carried out.

“The closure, which will be in place from around midday today, has been agreed by Borough of Poole to ensure the safety of motorists and workers on site.

“Repairs are expected to be completed by next week and we will be working 24 hours a day to ensure repairs are completed as quickly as possible.

“Wessex Water apologises for any disruption this emergency work causes and reminds people that businesses remain open as usual.”

The water company said there were no concerns about the road collapsing as the sewer crosses the main road rather than runs along it, which is why the road closure is required.

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10:49am

We've just heard from our photographer Sally who says Blandford Road isn't completely closed. One lane has been closed and is being used by workmen. We're seeking clarification on this.

10:34am

The weather appears to be brightening up but is set to take a turn for the worse later on.

The Met Office has issued a 'yellow' warning for strong winds and heavy rain, which is valid from 3pm this afternoon until just before midnight.

The warning says: "Very strong winds and heavy rain will return to southwestern parts during Tuesday afternoon and evening, eventually spreading into some eastern  parts of Northern Ireland later in the evening. 

"Gusts of 60 to 70 mph are expected in many coastal areas, perhaps reaching 80 mph in the most exposed spots  Further inland, gusts of 50 to 60 mph are more likely. Strong winds may cause some disruption, particularly due to fallen trees. Large waves and high tides may again give rise to some coastal flooding.

"In addition, many places will see 10 to 20 mm of rain later on Tuesday, which may cause some additional flooding.

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption due to this combination of weather hazards."

9:56am

If you thought this morning's weather was enough to contend with, the BBC has just tweeted this satellite picture of the next incoming storm:
 

9:54am

Our reporter Jim has just been out to Poole Bridge and says the road has been closed at the Poole end, looking like it may be closed for some time.

9:52am

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.

Borough of Poole have tweeted the following this morning:

9:39am

We've been told the Asda store on West Quay Road was struck by lightning around 5.30am-6am this morning and it knocked the power out temporarily which reset some of the tills.

Engineers have been there working for the past few hours but the store is back up and running now. 

 

9:28am

There was near traffic gridlock in Hamworthy during this morning's rush hour with crawling traffic in both directions on Blandford Road.

A lane restriction caused by the burst sewer at the junction with Allens Lane meant slow moving traffic heading towards Upton, while traffic heading into Poole town was backed up due to the closure of Poole Bridge which lost power after a lightning strike.

The bridge is stuck in the up position and engineers are currently on site.

Some bus routes are being directed across the Twin Sails Bridge and missing out lower Hamworthy.

9:14am

An ongoing fault is affecting the Sopley and Bransgore areas. The fault to the overhead high voltage network was identified at 9.30pm last night.

Initially 150 customers were affected and power has been restored to half of them.

Engineers are on site this morning and they are fitting a generator to reconnect and then they will repair it. 

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9:09am

We've heard Barclays House is not in darkness after reports of a lightning strike earlier today.

9:07am

We've been told the Asda store on West Quay Road is up and running and open for business after reports of a lightning strike earlier today. 

9:02am

Here's a picture of Poole Bridge stuck in the open position after the lightning strike, which has been taken by Andy Brignell

Bournemouth Echo:

8:59am

We've just been speaking to Borough of Poole who have given us some more details on the lightning strike at Poole Bridge.

It was the 7.30am lift which was affected. Engineers were on site within 15 minutes and are currently establishing whether there's any damage to the bridge or if it is just a trip.

They are not aware of any traffic issues. 

8:57am

The Met Office has warned of 30mm of rain and wind speeds up to 80mph from tonight and lasting for at least 24 hours.

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If you know of any other disruption caused by the weather then please leave a comment below.

We'd also love to see your pictures and video footage, you can send them to us via the following ways:

8:48am

Good morning all. Poole Bridge is stuck open after a lightning strike this morning.

The A350 Poole Bridge is believed to have been hit by lightning during a hail storm this morning.

The Twin Sails bridge is reportedly still usable.

Asda in Poole is also believed to have been hit by lightning as well as Barclays House.

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9:24am Tue 4 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

Has anybody got a spare fuse?
Has anybody got a spare fuse? BIGTONE
  • Score: 7

9:44am Tue 4 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

I got a short one
get round her right now this minute and fetch it
I got a short one get round her right now this minute and fetch it nickynoodah
  • Score: -8

10:09am Tue 4 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

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.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I got a short one get round her right now this minute and fetch it[/p][/quote]It's about time someone pulled your plug. speedy231278
  • Score: 14

10:10am Tue 4 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

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.
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. speedy231278
  • Score: 7

10:43am Tue 4 Feb 14

Diverdel says...

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.......
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Don't speak to soon....... Diverdel
  • Score: 12

11:08am Tue 4 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

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
[quote][p][bold]Diverdel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Don't speak to soon.......[/p][/quote]2cheeks of the same backside think they bright sparks the blind leading the blind what's up pickeroing nickynoodah
  • Score: -7

11:31am Tue 4 Feb 14

MrDMan says...

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!
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! MrDMan
  • Score: 7

12:19pm Tue 4 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

I think the mayans got the date wrong!
I think the mayans got the date wrong! chrisii1991
  • Score: 1

12:32pm Tue 4 Feb 14

miketheplumb says...

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.
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. miketheplumb
  • Score: 6

12:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Browser123 says...

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 ?
[quote][p][bold]miketheplumb[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]There was hail and lightening over Bournemouth approx 6:15am, could this have been a stray bolt ? Browser123
  • Score: 3

1:01pm Tue 4 Feb 14

hamworthygirl says...

I think it was around 715 when i heard the storm it certainly made me jump the house shook.
I think it was around 715 when i heard the storm it certainly made me jump the house shook. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 4

1:14pm Tue 4 Feb 14

TheDistrict says...

0600 over Wallisdown
0600 over Wallisdown TheDistrict
  • Score: 4

1:27pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Diverdel says...

5:45 in Swanage
5:45 in Swanage Diverdel
  • Score: 0

1:33pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Gingertree says...

Slept through the whole thing
Slept through the whole thing Gingertree
  • Score: 7

1:43pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Shogun50 says...

Why has the problem arisen yet again on Blandford Road - was it because the job wasn't done properly last year?
Why has the problem arisen yet again on Blandford Road - was it because the job wasn't done properly last year? Shogun50
  • Score: 6

1:54pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Just hurry up there are people queing back to Wareham waiting to buy a Volvo off Sam.
Just hurry up there are people queing back to Wareham waiting to buy a Volvo off Sam. kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 4

2:12pm Tue 4 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

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
[quote][p][bold]hamworthygirl[/bold] wrote: I think it was around 715 when i heard the storm it certainly made me jump the house shook.[/p][/quote]Thunder was so loud it woke me up then minutes later it poured down chrisii1991
  • Score: 1

2:45pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Cordite says...

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
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 Cordite
  • Score: 0

5:06pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Melanie.Read12 says...

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 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.Read12
  • Score: 1

7:11pm Tue 4 Feb 14

EGHH says...

Obviously Blandford Road sewer was not fixed correctly last year. Will Poole Council ask Wessex Water for compensation. Of course not!
Obviously Blandford Road sewer was not fixed correctly last year. Will Poole Council ask Wessex Water for compensation. Of course not! EGHH
  • Score: 0

7:12pm Tue 4 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

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
[quote][p][bold]Melanie.Read12[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]Melanie I,m with you kalebmoledirt
  • Score: -2

7:18pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Happy Hobbit says...

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**
[quote][p][bold]Melanie.Read12[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]I agree completely **The problem with common sense is that t's not very common** Happy Hobbit
  • Score: 0

8:40pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Count Mehin says...

My best wishes to all those suffering property losses due to weather related events.
My best wishes to all those suffering property losses due to weather related events. Count Mehin
  • Score: -1

8:41pm Tue 4 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

nickynoodah wrote:
I got a short one
get round her right now this minute and fetch it
I'm not talking about stumps.
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: I got a short one get round her right now this minute and fetch it[/p][/quote]I'm not talking about stumps. BIGTONE
  • Score: -3

10:10pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Darzet Dumpling says...

I've just heard the Twin Sails bridge is stuck open too?
I've just heard the Twin Sails bridge is stuck open too? Darzet Dumpling
  • Score: -2

10:21pm Tue 4 Feb 14

Darzet Dumpling says...

Ooops, ignore that last post. Twin Sails is fine.
Ooops, ignore that last post. Twin Sails is fine. Darzet Dumpling
  • Score: 0

9:18am Wed 5 Feb 14

nickynoodah says...

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
[quote][p][bold]Happy Hobbit[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Melanie.Read12[/bold] 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.[/p][/quote]I agree completely **The problem with common sense is that t's not very common**[/p][/quote]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 nickynoodah
  • Score: 2

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