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There are now reports that there is a power cut at Penn Hill

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We've added some more pictures to our gallery here

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Here's some video footage of the storms at Boscombe earlier today by Paul Godier: 

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We've got some more details on the closure of Moors Valley Country Park today:

The park was forced to close following a power cut caused by an HGV going off road at Three Legged Cross this morning.

Scottish and Southern Energy said customers had reported ‘power fluctuations’ and engineers investigating found a tree which had interfered with equipment following the strong winds overnight.

However, at 11.15am the police contacted the power company to alert them to the HGV’s presence, which is ‘almost in contact’ with a wooden pole supporting overhead lines at Woolsbridge Industrial Estate.

SSE said no restoration of the power supply can take place until the lorry has been removed, and that they are working with police and a recovery company.

They confirmed that 45 to 50 customers, including Moors Valley Country Park, have been affected whilst the recovery of the vehicle takes place, but that all supplies are expected to be restored this evening.

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The Met Office is warning of the possibility of further disruption as heavy rain and gale force winds are set to continue as we head into the weekend. They've just issued the following press release: 

Strong winds and big waves will continue to bring risks along southern and southwestern coasts today, before winds begin to ease through Wednesday evening.

However, it's not long before another band of heavy rain is due to sweep across southern Britain on Thursday into Friday.

A separate area of low pressure is then expected to bring more rain and very strong winds on Saturday.

The Met Office has issued several Severe Weather Warnings for the next few days due to the possibility of flooding and damaging winds. The public are advised to stay up to date with these warnings and the latest details from our forecast during this time of particularly unsettled weather.

Andy Page, Met Office Chief Meteorologist, said: "The unsettled weather will continue over the coming days with heavy rain across the southern half of Britain on Thursday evening into Friday, and that will be quickly followed by another storm moving in early on Saturday.

"This will bring the risk of flooding and damaging winds bringing down trees to cause disruption to travel and power networks."

The stormy conditions will also continue to bring the additional risk of large and potentially hazardous waves in coastal areas.

Will Stephens, RNLI Coastal Safety Staff Officer, said: "With more stormy weather forecast, we're asking people to take extra care if they're going down to the coast. Rough seas and extreme weather might look exciting, but getting too close can be risky. So respect the water and, in particular, avoid exposed places where big waves could sweep you off your feet."

John Curtin, Head of Incident Management at the Environment Agency, said: "Following the wettest January on record for England successive bands of heavy rain are forecast, 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 122,600 properties have been protected over the past three days.

"We urge people to stay safe and not to walk or drive through flood water which can be dangerous.

"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."

Throughout this unsettled spell Met Office forecasters and advisors are working round the clock with our partners to keep everyone up to date with the latest forecast information so they can plan and prepare for the expected weather.

 

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We've been sent this picture of a wave watcher at Southbourne by Emma Pounds who asked us to remind everybody to stay safe in the unpredictable weather conditions.

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SCOTTISH and Southern Electric have confirmed around 2,300 of their customers in central southern England are still without power this afternoon, with 320 homes in Dorset and 560 in Hampshire affected.

The power company blamed severe gales in the area and said engineers worked throughout the night to restore the electricity supply, but expect all customers to have power back by this evening.

The energy giant added that they expect more high winds to hit their network later today and have moved resources from their Scottish network to help their colleagues in the south.

They have also increased the number of call handlers on duty to advise customers and have tasked an outbound calling team to contact vulnerable customers to offer help and reassurance.

Anybody without power can contact Scottish and Southern Electric on 0800 072 8282.

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Ryan Crocker sent us this image from Swanage earlier

Bournemouth Echo:

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Sandbanks Ferry have said the ferry service will remain suspended for the rest of today

 

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Regarding Moors Valley, we've been told the power cut is affecting the whole site including parking barriers.

The earliest the staff were expecting resolution was 5pm today, hence the decision to close the park.

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Penny Fisher sent in this picture of flooding at the bottom of Evening Hill earlier today.

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This is the latest from the Press Association on the national picture following today's storms.

An extra £100 million will be spent over the next year tackling the aftermath of the devastating floods that have hit Britain, David Cameron has announced.

Some £75 million will fund repairs, £15 million will go on maintenance and £10 million has been earmarked for ''urgent work'' in Somerset, the Prime Minister said.

Stormy weather has left thousands of homes without power and transport networks in chaos amid battering winds and severe flood warnings.

The Environment Agency has nine severe flood warnings in place - meaning a ''danger to life'' - covering much of the south coast of England from Cornwall to Dorset.

Mr Cameron is to chair a meeting of Cobra - the civil contingencies committee that leads responses to national crises.

At Prime Minister's questions, he told MPs: ''Whatever is required, whether it is dredging work on the rivers Tone and Parrett, whether it is support for our emergency services, whether it is fresh money for flood defences, whether it is action across the board, this Government will help those families and get this issue sorted.''

Mr Cameron also told MPs that the Government would meet in full local councils' claims for funding under the Bellwin Scheme, which provides compensation to areas facing exceptional costs from flooding.

The claim period has been extended to the end of March to recognise the ongoing problems, he said, and action would be taken to ensure badly hit Cornwall would not miss out.

Its status as a unitary authority had raised concerns that it would have to spend huge sums before becoming eligible for help.

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The Environment Agency have warned of the possibility of further flooding on Thursday and Friday.

"Further heavy rainfall on Thursday and Friday brings a medium likelihood of significant impacts from river and surface water flooding (MEDIUM flood risk) for large parts of southern England.

"There is also a medium likelihood of minor impacts (LOW flood risk) in surrounding counties (coloured yellow on the accompanying maps) on Thursday and Friday.

"There are also ongoing significant flooding impacts from groundwater flooding in parts of southern England."

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Queen's Avenue in Christchurch is flooded but passable

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High tide has peaked at Christchurch Harbour leaving debris.

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Tony Williams, Chief Executive at Bournemouth Borough Council, added:

“With weather in Bournemouth predicted to continue to be very stormy over the next few days we urge residents to take extra care and allow more time for travelling. We would advise residents to especially avoid driving through any standing water, steer clear of the rivers in the town and avoid the coastline.

“We have dedicated teams of council staff working closely with emergency services, agency partners and the Environment Agency to deal with any incidents that may affect our residents.

"From Emergency Planning through Street Services, Social Services, Housing, Seafront, Environmental Health, Building Control to Building Maintenance, there are hundreds of council workers who could be mobilised with well-rehearsed procedures in place in case of any emergencies.

"If anyone knows of any incidents such as trees fallings, flooding on the road, blocked drains or road diversions please do call us on 01202 451451.”

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Bournemouth Council have issued a statement about the weather over the next few days.

"With severe weather predicted through till Saturday, Bournemouth Council will be busy cleaning up the remnants of the storms, securing any dangerous or fallen trees and, most importantly, ensuring that highways and residents are safe.

So far, the Council’s parks tree team has cleared trees on Manor Road and St Leonards Road and have secured a fallen tree in the Bournemouth Gardens.

"Overnight there were call outs to numerous roads, including Knyveton Road. In the last few hours they have attended a private tree in Lowther Road, which fell into the main road resulting in an accident involving a van.

"Fernside Road also suffered a fallen private tree which damaged a BT box. The Council is urging any Bournemouth resident who sees a fallen or dangerous tree to alert them immediately.

"Today the town will see approx 15mm of rainfall, which may mean flood alerts could be issued along the River Stour.

"On Friday and Saturday the river levels are forecast to increase due to the accumulation of rainfall over the next few days, so council workers will be monitoring the River Stour closely.

"Along the coast, waves are expected to be up to six metres high.

"This means that there is a possibility of waves crashing onto promenades and coastal paths at high tide that could put lives at risk.

"Bournemouth has a high tide forecast for midday today and the flood warning is still in place.

"People are being advised to take extra care along cliffs and beaches.

"Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay in the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground. With the continuing wet weather more landslides are expected.

"Beach cleaners have also seen flares washed up on the beach over the past few weeks of storms, so the Council is asking residents to take extra care and, if they spot a flare, to please alert the Council immediately.

"Finally, with wind gusts reaching 50 miles per hour, residents are also being advised to ensure that once their bins are emptied to please bring them in to avoid them being blown away or causing an obstruction on the pavements or roads."

 

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Here is a pic of Boscombe Pier earlier today from Andy Eves

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Report of a power cut to some parts of The Grange School in Christchurch from one of our commenters

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sophiedrew says

Powercut to some parts of The Grange School, Christchurch

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Here are some more videos for you of conditions at Shore Road and Christchurch earlier today:

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We've started a gallery, which is a mix of Daily Echo photographer and reader pictures.

See all the pictures in a gallery here

Have a picture to send us?

Here's a picture of Baiter Park by snapper Corin

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Our reporter Jim Durkin said water levels in Swanage reached the High Street but the worst seems to be over now.

 

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Here's some video of the flooding down at Avon Beach

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Here are some pictures of Avon Beach from our photographer Sally:

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High tide at Swanage. Jim Durkin has sent us these pictures.

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The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning for rain until Saturday across Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

The warning, issued just before 11am today, is valid from 3pm today until 11pm on Saturday night.

A spokesperson said: "Further spells of heavy and persistent rain will affect southern parts of England and south Wales from Thursday afternoon until Friday morning, and again from late Friday evening until early Saturday followed by frequent heavy showers.

"Gales will accompany the rain during Saturday with severe gales likely for exposed coasts in southwest England.

"The public should be prepared for disruption due to flooding.

"Another area of low pressure will bring spells of heavy rain to southern England from Thursday afternoon to Friday morning, with 20-40 mm of rain falling widely.

"A further Atlantic frontal system will bring a band of rain quickly eastwards during Friday night and early Saturday, with the heaviest rain again likely to be across parts of southern England, followed in turn by heavy showers.

"Another 10-20 mm of rain and locally 30 mm will fall in the Amber area, leading to further flooding.

"Winds will also be a feature during Friday night and Saturday with severe gales possible around coasts in the southwest of England."

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Here's video from Sally of Avon Beach:

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Traffic is reportedly very slow around Christchurch. Purewell is busy and the bypass is suffering congestion as a result of the earlier tree down and collision.

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Water is now coming up the High Street in Swanage. High tide is due at 12noon.

Owners and staff at East Bar say they are trying to keep the water out after last night.

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A member of the public has just messaged us to say that waves are now sending spray over the railway line on the Holes Bay crossing.

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This was taken at Alum Chine this morning by Kate Shaw

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The Twin Sails bridge is now open.

 

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Concerning Lowther Road in Bournemouth, Dorset Police said they were called at 10.20am to a tree fallen onto a white Iveco Daily van registered to a business in Trowbridge.

Fire, ambulance, police, and the local authority are on scene.

Driver has been extracted from the van and is en route to hospital.

Their injuries not thought to be serious.

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This footage was captured on Bournemouth beach this morning

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Here's some video of the tree down on the Christchurch bypass

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A reader has just sent us this

"Stay clear of Lowther Road in Charminster. A tree has fallen on a car with someone inside. All three emergency services on site and police have blocked the road from Beechey Road to Charminster Road."

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With the Twin Sails currently closed, due to the lightning strike on Tuesday morning, Kevin Diffey, a director of Poole Radio Cabs, based at the Nuffield Industrial Estate, said that the company was effected on Tuesday after lightning struck a nearby telegraph pole.

He said that the computer systems and phone lines went down from 7.30am to 2.30pm, and this meant that the company lost around half of their 2,000 calls a day, which the company receives on average.

He added: “We also lost our computer systems until around 3.30pm and it meant that we were using mobile phones to get in touch with drivers and we could make calls using those, but not receive them through our system.

“We'd like to apologise to all our customers and drivers affected by the phone lines being down, and would like to assure people, that we are now back up and running.”

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Tree is blocking both sides of the road by the Fountain roundabout in Christchurch, on the bypass.

Police cannot give details of diversions at the moment,a spokesperson said.

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There is currently a JCB removing the rocks washed onto Swanage’s High Street by the seawater, and putting down protective gravel in places to help shore up defences for the coming high tide.

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Adrian Wright, of Swanage’s High Street Cafe, said: “The water didn’t actually come into the cafe, because there was a whole bunch of us last night with brushes to push the sea water back. I don’t think we would have flooded, but East Bar certainly would have if we hadn’t all been there.
“Some large rocks came up last night, the sea just kicks them up.”

 

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Martin Higgs, of Swanage Angling Centre, High Street, was also caught up in last night’s drama. “I didn’t have any sand bags last night,” he said. “But I’m hoping to get some delivered today. The drains out there just cannot cope. I’ve been here three years and I’ve never seen the sea water quite as far down the road  as it was last night.”
Other residents of the Victorian seaside town say it was the worst flooding they’ve seen along the High Street in nearly 30 years.
 

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Reporter Jim Durkin has been speaking to Swanage’s East Bar and Bar One manager, Michael Bird, about last night’s successful efforts to turn back the sea.
At one point around 20 people, from local businesses, used brushes to combat the flood water as it advanced along the High Street threatening premises.
He said: “We knew high tide was coming, around 11.45pm, and by 10pm the sea started coming up.
“We rustled together a load of sandbags as quickly as possible, got them all in place, built a sandbag wall in front of the main bar door and the patio entrances through both venues and the front door of Bar One next door.
“We were just waiting. We were using brooms, trying to sweep the water down the drains. The sea weed was the worst, we were constantly picking it out of the drains.”
A number of Swanage High Street businesses are now bracing themselves for the next high tide, expected around midday today.
Michael said: “In the end, by about midnight, there was about 20 of us all with brooms, it was a great community effort.
“If this had of happened when we were closed, with no-one to help, there would have been a swimming pool in East Bar and a paddling pool in Bar One.”
 

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The A337 in New Milton is closed due to a tree down.

Police were called at 8.39am to reports of the tree down.

The electricity company has been called to deal with power lines.

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This was the scene last night as contractors worked to fix Poole's lifting bridge. Today the problems are with the Twin Sails bridge.

 

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More from Poole council on the "issue" with the Twin Sails Bridge.

The borough says the bridge is stuck within 3.5 degrees of its 'down' position.

It believes the lightning strike which plagued the old lifting bridge yesterday also corrupted the software which controls the Twin Sails.

The problem occurred when the Twin Sails was lifted at 9.30am.  It was not lifted yesterday but the RNLI asked for a lift this morning.

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This is the latest in Swanage from our traffic feed:

"Delays expected due to Possible closure on Shore Road (Swanage Esplanade) between Institute Road / Station Road and Ulwell Road. The road is on standby to be closed because of the weather and high tide this morning. From 10:00 until 14:00 on 5th February."

More updates here

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We've been sent this picture of a tree down on Fernside Road in Winton by Andy Phelps

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Here's Sally's video of high waves at Sandbanks as promised:

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Our photographer Corin has sent us these pictures back of Bournemouth beach:

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EGHH says

South Today weather lady Alex Green tweeted last night that the Met Office predicts storms will last all of February in the SW Region. Batten down the hatches!!

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Our photographer Sally has sent back this picture of high waves at Sandbanks. We'll have video online shortly

Bournemouth Echo:

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Experienced keen weather amateur Jim Smith says the rain will be with us for most of the morning. His website says so far 2.0mm of rain has fallen today and 215.4 mm has fallen so far this year.
 

 

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And another picture from Andy Lyons of what it is looking like out there this morning:
 

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There was a team effort to keep water away from East Bar in Swanage last night during high tide: 
 

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Blondie the dog has been found at Lulworth Army Camp in the early hours of this morning.

The update follows this blog entry earlier

"Coastguards searched for a missing dog in last night's bad weather.

Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Weymouth sent Lulworth Coastguard Rescue team to help members of the public in the search for a missing dog in the Durdle Door area last night.

But despite the search and with the weather getting worse, the white German shepherd dog called Blondie was not found.

The search will not resume today."

 

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Blandford Road in Hamoworthy is still closed today due to a collapsed sewer, as this picture from our photorapher Sally shows.

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Paul Sullovan sent us this picture from Poole this morning.

He said: "Tree down on Sterte Esplanade in Poole, cyclists beware!!!!"

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LATEST FROM THE MET OFFICE

Warning for rain in place from 5pm on Thursday until 8am on Friday.

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.

A Met Office spokesperson said: "Computer models have moved into much better agreement now for this weather system but unfortunately the most likely outcome is not good news.

"This means that there is now increased confidence in a period of persistent rain, which may bring a fairly widespread 15 to 25 mm to the areas covered by the warning, possibly around 30 mm in some southern counties.

"This rain, falling so soon after the previous batch (see warnings for Wednesday), seems likely to exacerbate problems with flooding, especially as further heavy rain seems very likely early on Saturday - again see the separate warning."

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Coastguards searched for a missing dog in last night's bad weather.

Portland Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre in Weymouth sent Lulworth Coastguard Rescue team to help members of the public in the search for a missing dog in the Durdle Door area last night.

But despite the search and with the weather getting worse, the white German shepherd dog called Blondie was not found.

The search will not resume today.

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High tide at Poole will be at 12noon as well. The flood warning for the area will stay in place for two hours afterwards.

Dorset County Council say they will be monitoring the situation in Swanage, where high tide will also be at 12noon.

 

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The Environment Agency warning for Christchurch Harbour says flood Warnings will remain in force for two hours following the times of high tide.

The times and dates of the forecast high water for which these Flood Warnings are in force are 04:45 am  and 12:00 pm today.

The forecast wind direction are Southerly and South South West and the forecast wind strengths are Force 7 and Force 9.

Very strong winds and high waves are expected along the Dorset coast overnight and on Wednesday morning.

The public are advised to stay away from sea fronts and beaches as conditions represent a significant risk to life.

Cliffs are also likely to be unstable following the storm conditions.

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These pictures are from Andy Lyons

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There are severe flood warning in the west of the county including Weymouth, Lyme Regis and West Bay.

In this area, flood warnings have been put on at Christchurch Quay, Poole Harbour, Swanage and Poole Harbour at Wareham.

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Updates on the train situation 

  • Trains will be running at 50mph on certain routes between 10am and 7pm.
  • Routes include Salisbury to Exeter via Yeovil Junction, Winchester to Weymouth via Southampton, Bournemouth and Poole, Guildford to Portsmouth via Haslemere, Southampton to Portsmouth via Swanwick, Southampton to Salisbury via Romsey. 
  • Trains that normally run between London Waterloo and Weymouth will only run between London Waterloo and Bournemouth.
  • The first trains affected are the 08:05 from Waterloo to Weymouth and the 09:20 from Weymouth to Waterloo.
  • An hourly shuttle service will run between Bournemouth and Weymouth calling at all stations. These will depart from Bournemouth at 45 mins past each hour from 10:45 and from Weymouth at 20 mins past each hour from 09:20.
  • London Waterloo to Poole services are cancelled in both directions.
  • London Waterloo to Portsmouth Harbour via Eastleigh services are cancelled in both directions.

South West Trains said this morning: "We have received weather forecasts for Wednesday 5 February which show that a significant period of heavy rain and sustained high wind will cover our route.

"This is expected to last for most of the day with the worst weather expected to occur from mid-morning.

"Following the recent prolonged wet weather, the ground in many areas is saturated. This increases the risk of trees falling on the tracks when the wind levels increase.

"We will be running trains through the night to ensure that all routes are kept open for the start of service on Wednesday and additional response staff have been arranged to react to any line blockages.

"There may also be short notice changes to train services through the day.
Customers are advised to check their journeys morning of Wednesday 5 January before travelling.

"We are sorry for the inconvenience these changes will cause however they are necessary to ensure the safe running of trains during the poor weather. Thank you for your patience."

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Andy in Swanage tweeted this earlier this morning
 

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And Poole Lifting Bridge is fixed following a lightning strike yesterday morning.
 

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A spokesperson for the Met Office said: "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."

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The Met Office have issued an amber weather warning for wind in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.

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Good morning all.

It's been a blustery old night in Dorset with more expected today.

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9:29am Wed 5 Feb 14

EGHH says...

South Today weather lady Alex Green tweeted last night that the Met Office predicts storms will last all of February in the SW Region. Batten down the hatches!!
South Today weather lady Alex Green tweeted last night that the Met Office predicts storms will last all of February in the SW Region. Batten down the hatches!! EGHH
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10:20am Wed 5 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

EGHH wrote:
South Today weather lady Alex Green tweeted last night that the Met Office predicts storms will last all of February in the SW Region. Batten down the hatches!!
Then it will be lovely when kids are evrwhere on holiday
[quote][p][bold]EGHH[/bold] wrote: South Today weather lady Alex Green tweeted last night that the Met Office predicts storms will last all of February in the SW Region. Batten down the hatches!![/p][/quote]Then it will be lovely when kids are evrwhere on holiday chrisii1991
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10:23am Wed 5 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

Twin Fails Bodge fails again, what a surprise. Convenient excuse trotted out - why did they not check if after the strike on the reliable old bridge?
Twin Fails Bodge fails again, what a surprise. Convenient excuse trotted out - why did they not check if after the strike on the reliable old bridge? speedy231278
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11:18am Wed 5 Feb 14

MngsMnr says...

Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?
Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains? MngsMnr
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11:55am Wed 5 Feb 14

speedy231278 says...

speedy231278 wrote:
Twin Fails Bodge fails again, what a surprise. Convenient excuse trotted out - why did they not check if after the strike on the reliable old bridge?
"The Twin Sails Bridge is now open to traffic as engineers have resolved the earlier issues caused by high winds. Thanks for your patience"

Odd, earlier on we were told the Twin Fails Bodge has failed due to 'software corruption' caused by the lightning yesterday. Was a VERY convenient excuse then, why not just be honest to start with?
[quote][p][bold]speedy231278[/bold] wrote: Twin Fails Bodge fails again, what a surprise. Convenient excuse trotted out - why did they not check if after the strike on the reliable old bridge?[/p][/quote]"The Twin Sails Bridge is now open to traffic as engineers have resolved the earlier issues caused by high winds. Thanks for your patience" Odd, earlier on we were told the Twin Fails Bodge has failed due to 'software corruption' caused by the lightning yesterday. Was a VERY convenient excuse then, why not just be honest to start with? speedy231278
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1:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

sophiedrew says...

Powercut to some parts of The Grange School, Christchurch
Powercut to some parts of The Grange School, Christchurch sophiedrew
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1:19pm Wed 5 Feb 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is left of the 'surf reef'.
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is left of the 'surf reef'. PUZZLED ONE
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1:44pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Phixer says...

PUZZLED ONE wrote:
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is left of the 'surf reef'.
What is even more interesting is to compare Bournemouth beach with the scenes further west and realise that Bournemouth was the last place any sane person would suggest for spending - wasting - £3million of our cash on sand bags to create a surf reef.
[quote][p][bold]PUZZLED ONE[/bold] wrote: It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is left of the 'surf reef'.[/p][/quote]What is even more interesting is to compare Bournemouth beach with the scenes further west and realise that Bournemouth was the last place any sane person would suggest for spending - wasting - £3million of our cash on sand bags to create a surf reef. Phixer
  • Score: 2

3:01pm Wed 5 Feb 14

smhinto says...

Yes - Most inclement. It could ruin my shampoo and set.
Yes - Most inclement. It could ruin my shampoo and set. smhinto
  • Score: 1

3:52pm Wed 5 Feb 14

bobthedestroyer says...

MngsMnr wrote:
Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?
What a pair of absolute idiots. THey were lucky they got washed up on shore and not out to see (I'm only referring to the dogs)

Anyone who puts themselves deliberately in harms way should pay to be rescued.
[quote][p][bold]MngsMnr[/bold] wrote: Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?[/p][/quote]What a pair of absolute idiots. THey were lucky they got washed up on shore and not out to see (I'm only referring to the dogs) Anyone who puts themselves deliberately in harms way should pay to be rescued. bobthedestroyer
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Wed 5 Feb 14

spooki says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
MngsMnr wrote:
Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?
What a pair of absolute idiots. THey were lucky they got washed up on shore and not out to see (I'm only referring to the dogs)

Anyone who puts themselves deliberately in harms way should pay to be rescued.
I agree! And the owners of those little dogs right on the shore should have their heads banged together. Irresponsible idiots.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MngsMnr[/bold] wrote: Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?[/p][/quote]What a pair of absolute idiots. THey were lucky they got washed up on shore and not out to see (I'm only referring to the dogs) Anyone who puts themselves deliberately in harms way should pay to be rescued.[/p][/quote]I agree! And the owners of those little dogs right on the shore should have their heads banged together. Irresponsible idiots. spooki
  • Score: 4

7:43pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Carolyn43 says...

Phixer wrote:
PUZZLED ONE wrote:
It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is left of the 'surf reef'.
What is even more interesting is to compare Bournemouth beach with the scenes further west and realise that Bournemouth was the last place any sane person would suggest for spending - wasting - £3million of our cash on sand bags to create a surf reef.
Just what I was thinking. Not to worry, Bournemouth Council have the insurance payout to repair it with. Yeah, right!
[quote][p][bold]Phixer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]PUZZLED ONE[/bold] wrote: It will be interesting to see what, if anything, is left of the 'surf reef'.[/p][/quote]What is even more interesting is to compare Bournemouth beach with the scenes further west and realise that Bournemouth was the last place any sane person would suggest for spending - wasting - £3million of our cash on sand bags to create a surf reef.[/p][/quote]Just what I was thinking. Not to worry, Bournemouth Council have the insurance payout to repair it with. Yeah, right! Carolyn43
  • Score: 0

9:28pm Wed 5 Feb 14

Daniel lashmar says...

flood warnings have been put on at Christchurch Quay, Poole Harbour, Swanage and Poole Harbour at Wareham. lol
flood warnings have been put on at Christchurch Quay, Poole Harbour, Swanage and Poole Harbour at Wareham. lol Daniel lashmar
  • Score: -1

7:38am Thu 6 Feb 14

downmoor-ch63 says...

bobthedestroyer wrote:
MngsMnr wrote:
Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?
What a pair of absolute idiots. THey were lucky they got washed up on shore and not out to see (I'm only referring to the dogs)

Anyone who puts themselves deliberately in harms way should pay to be rescued.
Anybody walking along the edge of the sea in these conditions, with or without dogs, should go and see a specialist at St Anns hospital.
[quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MngsMnr[/bold] wrote: Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?[/p][/quote]What a pair of absolute idiots. THey were lucky they got washed up on shore and not out to see (I'm only referring to the dogs) Anyone who puts themselves deliberately in harms way should pay to be rescued.[/p][/quote]Anybody walking along the edge of the sea in these conditions, with or without dogs, should go and see a specialist at St Anns hospital. downmoor-ch63
  • Score: 0

7:52am Thu 6 Feb 14

Lord Spring says...

downmoor-ch63 wrote:
bobthedestroyer wrote:
MngsMnr wrote:
Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?
What a pair of absolute idiots. THey were lucky they got washed up on shore and not out to see (I'm only referring to the dogs)

Anyone who puts themselves deliberately in harms way should pay to be rescued.
Anybody walking along the edge of the sea in these conditions, with or without dogs, should go and see a specialist at St Anns hospital.
What and then walk down the steps to the beach.
[quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch63[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bobthedestroyer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MngsMnr[/bold] wrote: Oh please tell me that stupid woman?/man pictured at 9.54am is not throwing the dog's ball into the sea. Where are some people's brains?[/p][/quote]What a pair of absolute idiots. THey were lucky they got washed up on shore and not out to see (I'm only referring to the dogs) Anyone who puts themselves deliberately in harms way should pay to be rescued.[/p][/quote]Anybody walking along the edge of the sea in these conditions, with or without dogs, should go and see a specialist at St Anns hospital.[/p][/quote]What and then walk down the steps to the beach. Lord Spring
  • Score: 0

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