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Latest storm brings scores of trees down as strong winds batter Dorset
Updated 9:59pm Wednesday 12th February 2014 in News
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- An amber warning for heavy rain came into force at 10am this morning and is valid until just before midnight tonight.
- The Met Office has issued warnings through until 12pm on Saturday as another storm arrives at the UK
- Dorset Police have warned the public not to travel unless "absolutely necessary"
- Dorset Way still closed westbound while a fallen tree is cleared
- A power cut is affecting Christchurch, Fairmile, Hurn and St Catherine's
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@Bournemouthecho Several cars with blown tyres on Turbary Park Ave due to big pothole. Police, AA & RAC all on scene. Take care drivers.— @gedmason 12 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho Turbury park avenue, broken down vehicles due to large pot hole http://t.co/iZxKHj9EnJ— @FryNathan 12 February 2014
We have experienced delays this evening due to the weather with the 18.30 and 18.40 crossings not running. Everything back to normal now.— @SandbanksFerry 12 February 2014
We've been looking at surfing website Magic Seaweed.
Surf in Bournemouth today reached 10 foot at around 3pm
Dorset Way has just been cleared
This is footage from the Dorset Way
Maximum gust of the day just recorded for inland #Dorset at 48.3mph, live updates here http://t.co/uQCAX2toBT— @Dorset_Weather 12 February 2014
If you need emergency support from EDDC OOH number is 07775 935027 @MbarberMarilyn @Winter_Alex @mags4dorset @FerndownTown— @FerndownCentral 12 February 2014
2/2 A35 diversion via A356 and A3066 - follow signed route. Sorry for inconvenience.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
1/2 A35 will be closed tonight from 7pm Bridport/Dorchester for around an hour while recovery of overturned vehicle takes place.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
A31 traffic easing at flooding near Sturminster Marshall. Sandbags have been put in place to try to prevent further flooding. Drive safely.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
He said the wind is actually going to get worse too, unfortunately. Over the next few days we could see gusts reaching 65mph
Here are some stats from today from Dr Richard Wold at Bournemouth-based WeatherNet.
Highest wind speed:
Bournemouth Airport - 59 miles per hour
Southampton Institute of Oceanography - 62mph
Isle of Portland - 68mph
Highest wind speed recorded in the UK today was 106mph.
Bournempith Airport - 11.9mm
Swanage - 11mm
Isle of Portland - 10.1mm
Queueing traffic on the A31 at Sturminster Marshall has cleared according to our traffic feed
Our photographer Richard Crease shot this footage around Poole during the height of the storm today.
The A35 Lyndhurst Road in Hinton westbound between Hintonwood Lane and A337 Highcliffe Road has now reopened.
Road was blocked earlier today because of a fallen tree.
Here's the latest information abour flooding on the A31 at Sturminster Marshall - road partially blocked both ways between the Roundhouse Roundabout and Lake Gates Roundabout.
Police are directing traffic but it's slow going
Still delays for trains between Bournemouth and Poole
RT @LauraJaneDale: A shopper struggles with his umbrella in Bournemouth's harsh wind & rain @Bournemouthecho @up_to_speed #weather #BMTH ht…— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
This was Branksome Beach at 2pm today. Dramz! http://t.co/lwSGK0LSXL— @suzidixon77 12 February 2014
A31 part blocked both ways due to flooding near Sturminster Marshall. There are delays (particularly e/b) and police are directing traffic.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Battling the elements in Wimborne @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/zLDjzCzmYh— @SallyDailyEcho 12 February 2014
Flooding on the A31 near Charlton Marshall. Delays especially westbound.— @DorsetTransport 12 February 2014
Although the Borough of Poole had hoped that the A3049 Dorset Way would be open again by 4pm, the traffic feed is showing that it's still closed westbound between Tower Park Roundabout and the A35 Dorset Way junction
The A35 in Christchurch has reopened between Highcliffe Road and Verno Lane. Blocked earlier after a tree toppled onto the carriageway
If you want to have a look through our photographs from today, the gallery is now up here
A35 closed due to fallen tree between A337 Highcliffe Road / B3059 Somerford Road and Verno Lane.— @vizzitnewforest 12 February 2014
On A35 Christchurch. Tree down. http://t.co/2jXIt4QPzs— @echocharlie1871 12 February 2014
We've added more pictures to our ever-growing flood gallery, which you can see here
Our traffic feed is reporting the A35 Lyndhurst Road is blocked westbound due to a fallen tree between Hintonwood Lane and A337 Highcliffe Road / B3059 Somerford Road.
The railway line has now reopened between Bournemouth and Poole after earlier electrical supply problems.
South West Trains have said services are subject to "residual delay, cancellation & alteration."
This the forecast for 5pm. The #ukstorm featuring strong #winds #snow #sleet & #rain. Take care if travelling. Jo http://t.co/4toDKhJwpp— @bbcweather 12 February 2014
We are just clearing up the remains of the fallen tree on the Dorset Way and then we will be able to reopen the road. http://t.co/2VHJy5BJ7t— @BoroughofPoole 12 February 2014
Live in North Dorset? then look out for wintry showers tonight
Those areas inside the ice warning have a high chance of seeing some sleet or snow showers tonight. #uksnow http://t.co/MJ8CKGQL3M— @DorsetSnow 12 February 2014
We've had this update on the situation at Poole Park from our reporter Caitlin:
Borough of Poole took to their Twitter page to say that Poole Park is expected to be closed until tomorrow, after seven trees came down.
There is no access to motorists between the mini roundabout in the park and Twemlow Avenue at present, due to the fallen trees.
Staff were onsite and were able to remove four of the trees before they were called to attend an emergency on Dorset Way, which itself is closed between the
English Ford roundabout and the Oakdale sliproads, due to fallen trees.
It is predicted that they will be cleared by 4pm.
Here's some footage of people battling against the wind at Bournemouth beach earlier on:
Fallen tree blocking the A35 at Hinton (15:55)— @Traffic_SouthE 12 February 2014
South West Trains services suspended now Winchester to Eastleigh due to fallen tree. Some services may be diverted.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
#dorsettrains SERVICE SUSPENDED Bournemouth to Poole due to electrical supply problems.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
River Bourne rising #Bmthstorms http://t.co/2LeBK56tX4— @bournemouthbc 12 February 2014
NEW: Trains are unable to run from #Bournemouth to #Poole - buses have been requested to run between these stations http://t.co/fFtWLtZ7i6— @NRE_SWT 12 February 2014
A sand storm at Boscombe seafront. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/bknB4zn9QZ— @CorinDailyEcho 12 February 2014
Wow it's windy at Boscombe beach. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/UfsQBT1pE7— @CorinDailyEcho 12 February 2014
Paddling in the sea at Boscombe. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Zlt5qpK1FO— @CorinDailyEcho 12 February 2014
RT @LauraJaneDale: Why a difference an hour makes! @up_to_speed @bournemouthecho #weather http://t.co/7VwySlrb41— @Up_To_Speed 12 February 2014
A tree which has fallen in high winds outside the Shelley Park Medical Centre in Boscombe. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Jjej8c1oaL— @CorinDailyEcho 12 February 2014
Traffic gridlocked while dorset way remains closed for tree clearance west bound from tower park @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/FwexwF6lBM— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
Please check this twitter handle, Facebook page, official website and 01929 450203 for the latest information if you are in any doubt.— @SandbanksFerry 12 February 2014
Some great pictures of the storm and the sun this afternoon by @CaitlinM_Echo of @Bournemouthecho Let's hope the sun continues to shine.— @BoroughofPoole 12 February 2014
So much for being safe n cosy working at home!! This just happened! @Bournemouthecho @BoroughofPoole http://t.co/3ZQfwOHhSe— @BeejCurtis 12 February 2014
Here's some footage for you of Christchurch Quay and Pier Approach from earlier today:
Stay clear of #Dorset's beaches today. If you find distressed birds after the storm see contact advice here http://t.co/8MSoMbLeDC— @DorsetWildlife 12 February 2014
Here's Sandbanks in Poole during the rain... @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/108cNVgaxl— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
Police & council flatten boggy ground next to queens pk stretch of A338 after freeing stuck vehicle@Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Cn5cnGaYbP— @SallyDailyEcho 12 February 2014
Our new reporter Toby Wadey has been on the phone to South West Trains, and this is the latest:
SOUTH West Trains said 84 per cent of their trains were running on time but that they were monitoring areas at risk of flood and landslip.
A spokesman for the train operator said they had tree surgeons on stand-by but were planning to run a normal service for the remainder of the week.
However, with further severe weather forecast, the company urged customers to keep checking their website for updates.
Trains stopped running between Brockenhurst and Lymington Pier due to a tree on the line and flooding resulted in 20 minute delays on the Brockenhurt-Bournemouth route.
However, 90 per cent of their network remained open for business.
Further to earlier tweet - Tree at Harwood Ave (junction with Newlands Rd) is now cleared.— @bournemouthbc 12 February 2014
We've received many reports of fallen trees across the county and are attempting to clear on a priority basis. Please take extra care.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Work to clear the tree down on the westbound Dorset Way between tower park & Fleetsbridge @bournemouthecho http://t.co/GKmppAfW78— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
Poole Park will remain closed until tomorrow as the team has been called to deal with the fallen tree on the Dorset Way which is a priority.— @BoroughofPoole 12 February 2014
@KatieDailyEcho Huge waves at East Cliff ... Photo doesn't do it justice http://t.co/8nJKK3yjS9— @_bournemouth 12 February 2014
We were sent this picture by Alan of a door blown off its hinges and a TV aerial which came down during the strong winds earlier.
Be careful folks, there's lots of surface water on roads in the Ringwood area, particularly Burley making driving conditions awful #StaySafe— @RingwoodPolice 12 February 2014
Strongest wind gust in the UK so far today... 96 mph at The Needles! #staysafe— @SimonParkinITV 12 February 2014
Borough of Poole have said the Dorset Way will be closed until at least 4pm while the fallen tree is cleared.
A35 remains open to all with a warning to high sided vehicles. Closures will go on later to assist recovery. http://t.co/KSIKoMGvY0— @DorchesterSNT 12 February 2014
Tree down on the westbound Dorset Way between tower park & Fleetsbridge @bournemouthecho http://t.co/t9FerpIjjZ— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
#Bmthstorms Fallen tree from Shelley Manor blocking Wentworth Ave and Chesil Ave in Boscombe. Staff on site. http://t.co/c5CVR66Wig— @bournemouthbc 12 February 2014
A much colder day tomorrow with highs ranging from 3-7C, everyone at risk of seeing wintery showers. http://t.co/wAsBiF4IUH— @DorsetSnow 12 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho tree partly down on road shot hill in Christchurch, police at the scene, diverting traffic around the tree.— @AshleyLouiseC 12 February 2014
Yet another severe road incident flashing up on the traffic feed - A354 Dorchester Hill in Winterborne Whitechurch partially blocked westbound between the Rook Lane junction and the Lane End junction, because of a fallen tree.
Power back on and traffic lights working at B3073/A338, Hurn and Bournemouth Airport junctions.
The 13.00 sailing @LDLinesNetwork sailing Gijon (Spain) to Poole on Friday will now leave TOMORROW at 22.00— @DorsetTransport 12 February 2014
Dorset Way has fully closed while debris is being cleared off the carriageway
The fallen tree has been removed from the line near Sherborne and services are beginning to return to normal
It does seem, however, that the sun has decided to come out over Branksome Beach now @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/DwzlGPiVeH— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
More than 2,000 people in Christchurch without power because of the storms at the moment.
A spokesperson from SEE said: "We are experiencing a fault in our network.
"Engineers are on site investigating. The next update will be at 4pm."
She said 2,400 properties in Christchurch, Fairmile, Hurn and St Catherine's are affected, and the powercut was reported at 12.09pm.
A further 452 customers are also without power in Somerley, Linwood, Ellingham and Harbridge in Hampshire.
Powerxcut reported at 3.02pm
Here's a picture of pupils at Fordingbridge Junior School makin their way through floodwater. The school has been closed for the rest of the week alon with Fordingbridge Infant School due to flooding. Picture by Sarah Jane Sumner.
This is from South West Trains:
A fallen tree has caused both lines to be blocked between Sherborne and Yeovil Junction.
Power back on and traffic lights working at B3073/A338, Hurn and Bournemouth Airport junctions.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Borough of Poole have said that the fallen tree at Poole Park is being removed and the road will hopefully reopen soon.
@Bournemouthecho large tree down across the bypass before fleetsbridge in Poole. I mean BIG http://t.co/NXOxkWhIRJ— @mercurysound 12 February 2014
Tree down - Crookhays, Shaftesbury blocking the road.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Just a few cars braving the Sandbanks to Swanage Ferry @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/AVFQFVopco— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
A sign currently advising pedestrians and cyclists not to travel on the Sandbanks to Swanage ferry @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/kiqthTRJ8D— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho #boscombe the wind is terrifying http://t.co/0JCQ9MUcl2— @suethomas 12 February 2014
2 cyclists braving the wind in bournemouth @Bournemouthecho @Up_To_Speed http://t.co/RKvlxAJRkX— @RLGreig 12 February 2014
Severe problems reported on the A30 at Milborne Port, both ways at Goathill Road
because of a fallen tree.
The town is close to Sherborne
This was the view on the back edge of the #storm front as it passed through Swanage earlier... *view? what view?* http://t.co/lC4MSrPOc9— @fazanders 12 February 2014
And here's another road closure from Travel Dorset - the A35 is closed to high sided vehicles from Dorchester to Bridport because of the winds
Update from Dorset Police about the fallen tree blocking Dorset Way.
A spokesperson tells us thar this was reported at 1.28pm, and a tree surgeon was at the scene at 1.45pm.
The tree is currently blocking the westbound carriageway from English Ford in Yarrow Road, we're told.
Numerous trees down across #Dorset roads causing huge delays right across the county— @DFRSFireControl 12 February 2014
Dorset Police is warning members of the public not to travel unless absolutely necessary for the next two hours.
Officers have received a large number of reports of trees causing problems on the roads.
They have also issued the following advice for motorists:
• When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights
• Double the distance you leave between your car and the car in front of you, as stopping distances increase in wet weather
• Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
• Consideration should be given to the depth of the water
• Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
• If motorists decide to drive through shallow water, they are asked to do so slowly and to be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.
A35 at Winterbourne Abbas part blocked - delays, owing to a van having blown over on it's side near the jct with the B3159.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
There are delays of up to 20 minutes reported on rail services due to South West Trains and CrossCountry trains running at a reduced speed because of flooding.
@bournemouthecho I think the beaches are off limits today! http://t.co/LnCvX7jjTA— @andrewdbee 12 February 2014
Wrapped up well for the weather in Poole @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/YlMrGYrMFO— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
Despite the weather this postie carries on with his rounds in Sandbanks Rd @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/KOGUksgLpz— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
Shore road takes the brunt of the weather @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/07ntX6hxLq— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
Fordingbridge Junior & Infant Schools have been closed for the rest of the week due to flooding
Shoppers struggle on Richmond Hill #stormbmth http://t.co/ryhsN3SxQC— @EchoJon 12 February 2014
Shoppers struggle through bmth square http://t.co/iE4yp8pX6o— @EchoJon 12 February 2014
But don't let it get you down - this chap has invested wisely!! http://t.co/Agmks2zgVK— @EchoJon 12 February 2014
We've some more details on the road closure, which Caitlin mentioned earlier between Poole Park and Whitecliff.
Borough of Poole have said the road is closed between the roundabout and Twemlow Avenue due to a fallen tree. Staff are on site dealing with it.
Unbelievably windy in Westover Road. Nearly got knocked off my feet and heard one woman scream because of the force of it— @Winter_Alex 12 February 2014
#dorsettrains - Services now suspended through Sherborne until further notice.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
I'm now going to head over to the other side of the road from the Whitecliff direction @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/8mFID4V0tm— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
The road leading from Poole Park to Whitcliff has been closed off by @BoroughofPoole - @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/TmmfThsT46— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
Unfortunately it doesn't look like it will end by the end of this week as there are weather warnings until noon on Saturday
12:34pm Wed 12 Feb 14
will it ever end????
Just been out taking news pictures on the beach front for @Up_To_Speed. Wet is an understatement... @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/duGZuMxaVV— @casakouba 12 February 2014
They do say when it rains, that it's nice weather for ducks! - Poole Park this afternoon @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/X2uIIRGVdb— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
The view from the either side at Poole Park @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/c63VUptqII— @CaitlinM_Echo 12 February 2014
it's not very nice in Bournemouth square today! @Bournemouthecho @Up_To_Speed too windy to cycle! http://t.co/2SWHewk7VE— @RLGreig 12 February 2014
@bbcweather @Bournemouthecho @Dorset_Weather winds over 70mph now here in Poole! http://t.co/tA5qaEgFr1— @JO_PARRY_TWEETS 12 February 2014
Wightlink Ferries route from Lymington to Yarmouth suspended because of the bad weather
Blackwater - Traffic lights on Christchurch Road junction with A338 NB slip road also not working at present.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Christchurch - Traffic Signals at Hurn Aiport, Christchurch are currently not working. Engineer is en route to investigate problem.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Shore Road is fully exposed to the wind and the rain @bournemouthecho http://t.co/eLBtBdGLWU— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
A power cut is currently affecting Christchurch, Fairmile, Hurn and St Catherine's, which are all within the BH23 postcode.
A fault was reported to Scottish and Southern Energy at 12.09pm.
We're just trying to get some details on this for you.
Looking at the national picture, Prime Minister David Cameron chaired another meeting of the Cobra committee this morning.
He was told that flooding could reach levels last seen in 1947 in some areas, but thousands of military personnel are available if needed.
Around 2,000 members of the forces currently involved in clean-up operations and support in Somerset.
This is an excellent web page for tracking the movement of the low pressure & live wind speeds http://t.co/SomFrj31Z3 http://t.co/svKeajmBL6— @AASORT 12 February 2014
The huge scale of the 2014 floods in maps and gifs http://t.co/80rs9LKvE6 http://t.co/txFJ4c06a3— @ampp3d 12 February 2014
Blackwater - Traffic lights currently not working on Hurn Road junction with A338 SB slip road.— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
Yet another day of mad storms in Dorset http://t.co/29klo4cvKb— @adamgoswell 12 February 2014
Colehill Lane blocked both ways due to fallen tree around Merrifield in Wimborne Minster #dorsetweather— @TravelDorset 12 February 2014
One runner not perturbed by the weather in Poole park @bournemouthecho http://t.co/6weVwWNBTV— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
The gulls are loving the weather in Poole Park @bournemouthecho http://t.co/gzGcRiu5Ff— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
Poole quay is lashed by the wind and rain @bournemouthecho http://t.co/pVNURbVAMp— @RichardBmthEcho 12 February 2014
RT @SkyNews: Here's the storm which is about to hit the UK http://t.co/4DJKHlojFV http://t.co/c5t8WTtg0g— @Winter_Alex 12 February 2014
We've been sent this picture of Christchurch Quay from Caroline.
Unite, the UK's largest union, has said South West of England needs a joined up, five year reconstruction and development plan to rebuild the economic, transport and social fabric.
Laurence Faircloth, Unite regional secretary for the south west, said: “What the terrible floods and the damage they have wreaked have shown is that the South West is the poor relation when politicians and civil servants formulate policy in London.
“We do need to change the image that the West Country is just a picture postcard holiday destination. It is also the home to five million people who need good transport infrastructure, homes that they can afford, defences against flooding and an economy that can sustain high levels of employment.
“The floods should be a wake-up call to government as they have highlighted these long-standing issues affecting the people of the South West.
“David Cameron has promised that ‘money will be no object’, however
Unite would like to know if this will be ‘new’ money or raiding the underspent budgets of other government departments.
“Climate experts said that the effects of the flooding could last until May and the government needs to act quickly to help those in agriculture and business who have lost their jobs. Those struggling, with perhaps no home or income coming in, need assistance now to put food on the table for their families.
“The government needs to be talking constantly to business and tourism representatives, as well as civic groups to refine what the South West needs on a daily basis.
“There is also the question of what financial assistance may be forthcoming from the EU – this possible pot of money needs to be investigated as a matter of urgency by ministers.
“The South West needs a five year reconstruction and development plan and we believe that the re-formation of the SWRDA, foolishly abolished in 2012, would be an excellent vehicle to spearhead such a programme.”
The next couple of hours are going to be rough so if you don't have to travel then stay in and have an extra cuppa. Stay safe #Dorset— @DFRSFireControl 12 February 2014
The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for many beaches to the west of the county.
Warnings will remain in force for Chiswell, Preston Beach, West Bay, Lyme Regis for two hours following the time of high tide.
The Wessex Region of the Federation of Small Businesses have sent us the following in response to comments made by the Government on flood insurance consultation:
Neil Eames, Development Manager, Federation of Small Businesses in Wessex, said: "It is of deep concern that Government has chosen not to include small businesses in its Flood Relief scheme. FSB research shows one in five small firms were affected by flooding last year alone. If they can’t use this scheme, small businesses in areas at risk of floods will be forced to pay exorbitantly high costs to be insured against this threat. We want the Government to think again on this issue and we will be looking to Parliamentarians to table amendments to the forthcoming Water Bill.”
We are monitoring the weather situation and are ready to respond to any incidents should they arise #Bmthstorms— @bournemouthbc 12 February 2014
Simon Rowley sent us in this picture of a Subaru Impreza being rescued from Derritt Lane in Bransgore this morning.
You can read our story on how Bransgore residents feel like a 'small island' because of the amount of roads being flooded here
The Met Office has issued a rare red warning, which means 'take action', for North West England and Wales.
Here's some pictures our photographer Corin took a little earlier on of conditions at Bournemouth Pier.
Sadly the severe weather looks set to stay with us for the rest of the week.
The Met Office has issued yellow warnings through until midday on Saturday.
Here's a summary:
Thursday - a yellow warning for wind is currently valid until 7am. The public should be prepared for the the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies. In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts.
Friday and Saturday - a yellow warning for heavy rain, which will be accompanied by gales. There is also a potential risk for further flooding in places.
Here's some detail on the amber warning issued by the Met Office for wind for today:
A first peak in the winds is likely over southern and southwest England around the middle of Wednesday but with the main swathe of even stronger and potentially damaging winds crossing parts of Wales then northern England later in the day.
The public should be prepared for the the risk of disruption to transport and possibly also power supplies. In addition, large waves are likely to affect some coasts.
This warning should be viewed in the broader context of the Yellow Wind warning.
The warning has been updated to slightly broaden the amber area, now including more of southern England, South Wales, and also into more of northwest England. Gust speeds have also been increased a little.
Good morning all. Another storm is making its way across the UK.
An amber warning for wind is currently in place for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset.
Gusts of 60-70mph have been forecast with potential for 80mph winds along the south coast for a brief period today.