Latest storm brings scores of trees down as strong winds batter Dorset

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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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We've been looking at surfing website Magic Seaweed.

Surf in Bournemouth today reached 10 foot at around 3pm

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Dorset Way has just been cleared

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This is footage from the Dorset Way

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He said the wind is actually going to get worse too, unfortunately. Over the next few days we could see gusts reaching 65mph

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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.

Rainfall:

Bournempith Airport - 11.9mm

Swanage - 11mm

Isle of Portland - 10.1mm

6:34pm

Queueing traffic on the A31 at Sturminster Marshall has cleared according to our traffic feed

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Our photographer Richard Crease shot this footage around Poole during the height of the storm today.

6:28pm

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.

6:23pm

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

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Still delays for trains between Bournemouth and Poole

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Amazing photo taken during the daytime:
 

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A later tweet correct this one - delays are mostly westbound

 

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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

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The A35 in Christchurch has reopened between Highcliffe Road and Verno Lane. Blocked earlier after a tree toppled onto the carriageway

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If you want to have a look through our photographs from today, the gallery is now up here

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We've added more pictures to our ever-growing flood gallery, which you can see here

Bournemouth Echo: Daily Echo photographer and reader pictures of disruption caused by storms across Dorset in February 2014.

Bournemouth Echo: Daily Echo photographer and reader pictures of disruption caused by storms across Dorset in February 2014.

Bournemouth Echo: Daily Echo photographer and reader pictures of disruption caused by storms across Dorset in February 2014.

4:51pm

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. 

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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."

 

 

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Live in North Dorset? then look out for wintry showers tonight

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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.

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Here's some footage of people battling against the wind at Bournemouth beach earlier on:

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Bad news for train travellers:
 

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Thanks BoP!

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Here's some footage for you of Christchurch Quay and Pier Approach from earlier today:

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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.

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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.

Bournemouth Echo:

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Borough of Poole have said the Dorset Way will be closed until at least 4pm while the fallen tree is cleared.

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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.

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Power back on and traffic lights working at B3073/A338, Hurn and Bournemouth Airport junctions.

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Dorset Way has fully closed while debris is being cleared off the carriageway

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The fallen tree has been removed from the line near Sherborne and services are beginning to return to normal

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2:33pm

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

2:28pm

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.

Bournemouth Echo:

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This is from South West Trains:

A fallen tree has caused both lines to be blocked between Sherborne and Yeovil Junction.

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Borough of Poole have said that the fallen tree at Poole Park is being removed and the road will hopefully reopen soon.

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And another tree down in Dinahs Hollow, Melbury Abbas near Shaftesbury

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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

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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

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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.

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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
Flooding
• 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.

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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.

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Fordingbridge Junior & Infant Schools have been closed for the rest of the week due to flooding

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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. 

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Travel Dorset have said train services through Sherborne have been suspended until further notice. We're just trying to get some more details on this for you. 
 

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Poor Caitlin, hope she's got her waterproofs on today!
 

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Our reporter Caitlin is out at Poole Park and says the road leading to Whitecliff has been closed off by Borough of Poole
 

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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

chrisii1991 says

will it ever end????

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Wightlink Ferries route from Lymington to Yarmouth suspended because of the bad weather

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This may be related to the power cut we just mentioned...
 

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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.

12:50pm

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.

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Unbelievable map charting the scale of the flooding across the UK:
 

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We've been sent this picture of Christchurch Quay from Caroline.

Bournemouth Echo:

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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.”

 

 

 

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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.

12:09pm

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.”

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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

Bournemouth Echo:

12:03pm

The Met Office has issued a rare red warning, which means 'take action', for North West England and Wales.

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Here are some pictures our photographer Sally took earlier of the Avon Causeway, which, for now, is still passable with care.
 

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Here's some pictures our photographer Corin took a little earlier on of conditions at Bournemouth Pier. 

Bournemouth Echo:

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11:58am

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. 

11:53am

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.

11:49am

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.

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12:34pm Wed 12 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

will it ever end????
will it ever end???? chrisii1991

1:03pm Wed 12 Feb 14

mary.birchmore says...

yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up
yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up mary.birchmore

1:28pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Lewcee says...

Take care folks, www.pooleharbourweat
her.com just reported a 75mph gust, and the worst is not due for an hour or so...
Take care folks, www.pooleharbourweat her.com just reported a 75mph gust, and the worst is not due for an hour or so... Lewcee

2:29pm Wed 12 Feb 14

smhinto says...

The winds were probably brought on by Christchurch Council as a way to justify lopping listed and protected trees!!!
The winds were probably brought on by Christchurch Council as a way to justify lopping listed and protected trees!!! smhinto

3:42pm Wed 12 Feb 14

John T says...

mary.birchmore wrote:
yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up
Thankfully, not a good winter for the greedy energy Companies. It's an ill wind....
[quote][p][bold]mary.birchmore[/bold] wrote: yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up[/p][/quote]Thankfully, not a good winter for the greedy energy Companies. It's an ill wind.... John T

4:49pm Wed 12 Feb 14

chrisii1991 says...

John T wrote:
mary.birchmore wrote:
yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up
Thankfully, not a good winter for the greedy energy Companies. It's an ill wind....
That is a good thing. although water companies are putting theirs up!!! i dont know why as there is tons of water lying everywhere
[quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mary.birchmore[/bold] wrote: yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up[/p][/quote]Thankfully, not a good winter for the greedy energy Companies. It's an ill wind....[/p][/quote]That is a good thing. although water companies are putting theirs up!!! i dont know why as there is tons of water lying everywhere chrisii1991

6:40pm Wed 12 Feb 14

spooki says...

4.31pm Borough of Poole : 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."
Just like to say when I drove past the other way at 2.30pm there were around six blokes standing looking at the tree.
You really mean to tell us it took over TWO HOURS to clear a small fir tree????
4.31pm Borough of Poole : 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." Just like to say when I drove past the other way at 2.30pm there were around six blokes standing looking at the tree. You really mean to tell us it took over TWO HOURS to clear a small fir tree???? spooki

8:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

scrumpyjack says...

mary.birchmore wrote:
yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up
Well I agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]mary.birchmore[/bold] wrote: yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up[/p][/quote]Well I agree with you. scrumpyjack

8:30pm Wed 12 Feb 14

scrumpyjack says...

chrisii1991 wrote:
John T wrote:
mary.birchmore wrote:
yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up
Thankfully, not a good winter for the greedy energy Companies. It's an ill wind....
That is a good thing. although water companies are putting theirs up!!! i dont know why as there is tons of water lying everywhere
And their bore holes (needs no treatment) are full to bursting and will provide water for months even after it stops raining.

Will they reflect this in their prices? Will they hell,
[quote][p][bold]chrisii1991[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]John T[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]mary.birchmore[/bold] wrote: yes not a good winter bearly had cold weather just wet, feed up[/p][/quote]Thankfully, not a good winter for the greedy energy Companies. It's an ill wind....[/p][/quote]That is a good thing. although water companies are putting theirs up!!! i dont know why as there is tons of water lying everywhere[/p][/quote]And their bore holes (needs no treatment) are full to bursting and will provide water for months even after it stops raining. Will they reflect this in their prices? Will they hell, scrumpyjack

11:02pm Wed 12 Feb 14

studland says...

Can anyone tell me what's happening at Studland as I have a beach hut there and am a bit worried about it.
Can anyone tell me what's happening at Studland as I have a beach hut there and am a bit worried about it. studland

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