Dorset storms: Severe flood warning for Christchurch Harbour and chaos on roads and trains (From Bournemouth Echo)
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Dorset storms: Severe flood warning for Christchurch Harbour and chaos on roads and trains
Updated 6:02am Saturday 15th February 2014 in News
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- Gusts of 70mph are likely on Friday night and into Saturday morning with isolated gusts of 80mph gusts possible along most exposed parts of the south coast.
- Severe flood warning issued for Christchurch Harbour
- Traffic chaos on Upton Bypass due to Bakers Arms flooding
- No replacement transport on railway between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst
- An amber warning for wind is valid until 10am on Saturday and the yellow warning for rain is valid until 8pm on Saturday
- Wessex Way was closed earlier due to a "dangerous" lamp post
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@Bournemouthecho Tree down on Magna Road, by turn off to golf course. 1 lane passable. There was a man in hi-vis there slowing traffic.— @KingSi 14 February 2014
Borough of Poole say they have closed Rigler Road at its junction with Blandford Road. The Twin Sails Bridge is still open.
TREE DOWN. From Monkey World entering village of Bere Regis. Passable with care.— @PurbeckPolice 14 February 2014
Purbeck Police say that the wind has taken part of the roof off of Wareham Police Station - nobody hurt.
Waters have taken out a good bunch of beach huts at steamer point http://t.co/pIIZGMoLJz— @EchoJon 14 February 2014
Just been down to Alum Chine beach, never seen anything quite like it....@Bournemouthecho http://t.co/Hrw5mYPoVj— @NickDCase 14 February 2014
@dorsetpolice You have officers on the A338 N/B past Hurn turn with a fallen tree. There is another about a mile up taking out a lane— @SimonOnTheRadio 14 February 2014
Spectators far too close. Near friar's cliff http://t.co/uKtihMinAH— @EchoJon 14 February 2014
Our guys have been kept busy. They've dealt with 35+ calls for assistance, tree emergencies and they're still delivering sandbags where poss— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
We're hearing that Solent Coastguard are evacuating people from Lymington.
Due to a fallen tree, Gervis Place, Bournemouth is closed to traffic. All m1, m2 and 16 services using Pier Approach Road.— @Morebusco 14 February 2014
The gales at Baiter could blow you off your feet so please stay indoors. We are only out checking what's going on. http://t.co/dXeh22IVPk— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho road between Salisbury & Blandford closed due to power cable & BT cable fallen on2 road #verywindy— @zodatj 14 February 2014
Wick: extra sandbags being brought in to help protect homes of Wick residents at risk of flooding tonight.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Hamworthy team all helping out at Christchurch evacuating properties in danger #floods— @HamworthySNT 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho Buoys swept into Christchurch Sailing Club. http://t.co/ot8nUX4qWL— @DorsetReds 14 February 2014
Outside ny house in wallisdown!! @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/khCVt7Cz3s— @ZachF91 14 February 2014
There's more of Branksome Chine beach in the car park this evening than on the beach. Incredible power of the storm http://t.co/cA5IihUodH— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
Firefighters now on the scene http://t.co/67hcYLlivW— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
Christchurch Quay is now wholly submerged.— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
Floodwater is now flowing along a number of streets in the town centre backing on the Quay.— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
The Quay underwater and indeed you might just be able to make out a drowned BMW. http://t.co/GwRWLlQm6Y— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
There's a tree down at Bon Accord Road in Swanage, Purbeck Police say.
Here at Grange School ready for those who have been evacuated— @Burtonlass 14 February 2014
Am taking evacuation advice seriously and have been to check out excellent tea and biscuits at our muster point in Grange School. Efficient.— @LesleyMDedman 14 February 2014
Just to confirm Shore Road is impassable as it’s about 4ft under water! Sterte Avenue West is also flooded. #keepsafe— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
An update from Mudeford:
Avised to evacuate but staying put and monitoring. High water from brook in garden trying to run into sea but waves too high so road flooded— @LesleyMDedman 14 February 2014
Even Branksome Chine beach has hidden from the sea this evening. The sand is barely visible in the storm http://t.co/AIG2y1aofa— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
And an update from Wick:
#bmthstorms water levels rising at Wick. Staff on site monitoring & supporting residents as needed.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Many trees down across the town incl. house damage Braidley Rd. Staff attending. Priority is clearing from roads & tackling dangerous falls.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Water now covering pretty much all the beach at Avon Beach and crashing against the sea wall.— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
As we reported earlier, Iford residents have been given help where needed:
Iford floods: staff assisted Iford Bridge Park Homes to evacuate tonight as river levels rose. Residents who need it are at rest centre.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
This evening Sandbanks is an island......the waves are crashing in @BoroughofPoole harbour absolutely insane http://t.co/dqNZjO3WHF— @queenceri 14 February 2014
TREE DOWN. BON ACCORD ROAD. Swanage near the Hospital.— @PurbeckPolice 14 February 2014
Whitecliff has created a new river to Sandbanks Road in @BoroughofPoole tonight . Definitely don't drive through http://t.co/W7dNkoPopO— @queenceri 14 February 2014
#sandbanks @Bournemouthecho what Shore Road #besafe http://t.co/eiahxCeA11— @HallmarkCrew 14 February 2014
@andym_echo @Bournemouthecho Christchurch quay BMW submerged http://t.co/dpCjcDhvxG— @AbiDenison 14 February 2014
Dave Hutton of Wessex 4x4 volunteer group here to help evacuate people and offer advice. Tasked till 3am.— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
PC Ian Scowcroft drafted in from Poole and urging people to stay away from beach here. http://t.co/YNpBhQu4kR— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
One of these waves will take you out he warns.— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
Willow way in X/Church http://t.co/afUpuQfQkJ— @KeithSpsi 14 February 2014
The high tide has hopefully done its worst as the water level in the harbour is now falling. Water is still flowing into West Quay Rd though— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
The police have closed Rigler Road at the junction with Blandford Road. Also Bridge Approach and Bay Hogg Lane are being closed too. Sorry— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
A very windy whitecliff. @Bournemouthecho @BoroughofPoole @dorsetpolice http://t.co/I6G9DZGyJQ— @shrekmizen 14 February 2014
Thought the water was from the sea but it's the brook that has overflowed. Loads of police around.— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
Some residents still out walking their dogs http://t.co/F0Net3sLZl— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho Christchurch Quomps completely flooded. http://t.co/0Oiclf9nxM— @StompinQuomps 14 February 2014
Banks and shore road junction. Never seen anything like it!! @bournemouthecho http://t.co/lvoAidGliF— @hannahdodds 14 February 2014
@bournemouthecho back of Sandacres car park. http://t.co/GnZQ30gN1j— @hannahdodds 14 February 2014
Norman Asturius staying in bay as cant get into Poole Harbour— @SteveJMorrissey 14 February 2014
Baiter carpark in Poole. @Bournemouthecho @wave105radio @BoroughofPoole http://t.co/2zncseQdeT— @shrekmizen 14 February 2014
Main road though Mudeford closed off near the entrance to Avon Beach and Quay because of floodwaters. Some residents evacuated.— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
Mudeford closed off http://t.co/Bo0TGWNqJW— @andym_echo 14 February 2014
@SW_Trains trains not moving at bournemouth. what gives?— @gingerboyo 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho southern electric on site at oakdale #ukstorm #dorset http://t.co/6Qa8FcYsAN— @alana257 14 February 2014
Police knocking on doors in coastal facing properties in Stanpit & Mudeford #Christchurch @BBCSouthNews— @JasonHortonUK 14 February 2014
#UKStorm Gales likely to cause damage to power lines and cables. Customers without power are unlikely to have their power restored tonight >— @southernelecPD 14 February 2014
The power has gone off in Lytchett, we're told.
Old lifeboat station. Surrounded by water @Bournemouthecho @BoroughofPoole @wave105radio http://t.co/PlN7BI6Yga— @shrekmizen 14 February 2014
Poole Park is swamped with water and impassable, we're hearing.
The storms are being classed as a major incident, with an Emergency Planning Centre opened at County Hall in Dorchester because of the number of flood warnings.
A tree is down on the road out of Verwood, we hear, blocking the route.
Iford Park residents OK at the moment:
Good to see Iford Pk residents in such good spirits despite threat of yet another evac re Stour flooding. Fingers crossed all can stay put.— @TobiasEllwoodMP 14 February 2014
Sea has breeched sea wall and now flooding Barbers Wharf on Poole Quay @Bournemouthecho @BBCDorset #ukstorm #wellies http://t.co/oqjwQh6mrc— @admiralalex 14 February 2014
More trees coming down in Purbeck - one at Stoboough and one at the South Causeway, Wareham. Both closed because of the trees and flooding.
A tree down is also causing problems on the trains at Branksome.
Purbeck Police say that the Lower High Street and Shore Road in Swanage have been closed.
We're hearing that residents close to Mudeford Beach are being advised to leave their homes due to the risk of water getting too close.
Burley Road in Christchurch impassable due to flooding— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
Trains between Bournemouth and Weymouth are being disrupted due to a tree across the line at Moreton.
Unsurprisingly, the Sandbanks Ferry will not be restarting tonight:
@Wave105Travel @Morebusco @Bournemouthecho Sandbanks Ferry will remain closed tonight. We'll tweet updates early tomorrow morning.— @SandbanksFerry 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho west quay rd closed. Seawater everywhere. #ukstorm #ThinkDontSink @AASORT http://t.co/g3mV5heDsS— @admiralalex 14 February 2014
Latest from Borough of Poole:
As West Quay Road is now rapidly flooding, we're putting in place a road closure and diverting traffic to alternative routes. #keepsafe— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
Our photographer Sally took some video down at Sandbanks too. It's been quite some time since the water got this far over the road. High tide has now passed until the early hours and then is expected again at 10am tomorrow.
Another tree down, this time in Oakdale, Poole:
@Bournemouthecho tree down in Wimborne road by speed camera in oak dale take care— @shaz123b 14 February 2014
We've heard from Purbeck Police that the closure of the A351 at Harman's Cross, outside of Swanage, will remain all night. With the Sandbanks Ferry out of action, that means that Swanage is almost inaccessible as it stands.
STORM SURGE SWANAGE SEAFRONT. HM Coastguard and Swanage Town Council currently placing emergency sandbags to... http://t.co/e7VLhmk0Oi— @PurbeckPolice 14 February 2014
The best advice at the moment from the authorities is, basically, to stay indoors unless you absolutely have to go out.
Trees down in #Bournemouth as yet another #storm hits. cc @bournemouthecho -> Knyveton Rd, BH1 http://t.co/oQNCXcqEM7— @Seasaver 14 February 2014
Gusting 63 knts in Poole .. Stay safe people.. #storm— @neilmac77 14 February 2014
MAJOR flooding along Shore Road either side of junction with Haven Rd @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/FA6xGuCuRD— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
MAJOR flooding along Shore Road either side of junction with Haven Rd @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/CS8vRxjlLI— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
We've just heard that a large tree has come down in Colonnade Road, Boscombe.
Resident Angela Edwards told us that it has crushed a car, but luckily nobody has been hurt. We hope to have a picture shortly.
Wightlink between Lymington and Yarmouth is also suspended.
Just in case you might be heading to Southampton for a ferry to the Isle of Wight, all sailings on Red Funnel have now been cancelled.
Two trees down in Highcliffe, Wharncliffe Rd closed! The wind is horrendous! :) Go careful out there!— @SwainElectContr 14 February 2014
High tide at Christchurch is about 20 minutes later, at around 9.10pm.
High tide is due in about half an hour in Poole.
Sally our photographer is at Sandbanks and says the road is completely covered with water. We'll hopefully have a picture soon.
Latest traffic info can be found here.
It’s not even high tide yet but the water has already started to breach the wall and lap onto Poole Quay. Please avoid the area. #keepsafe— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
I've just been looking up and down our traffic feed and there are scores of roads across the area that are either shut or barely passable due to flooding.
Seems like a good night to stay in with your Valentine...
Although the A35 reopened earlier, it is still suffering and is only just passable at the Bakers Arms.
Also, trains are still subject to delays but are now running from Bournemouth and Poole.
Latest: 8 Severe & 51 Flood Warnings in force for SW see http://t.co/j7lTdJ6TzZ Don't forget Floodline 0345 988 1188 for details on warnings— @EnvAgencySW 14 February 2014
Major flooding on Sandbanks Rd junction of Whitecliff Rd @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/1nuHgFP7Lj— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
Problems in Purbeck as well:
A351 near Harmans Cross blocked both ways due to a couple of fallen trees— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
Our photographer Sally says Sandbanks Road close to Whitecliff Road is flooded and barely passable.
Strongly advise against driving through flood water under Poole Pk Bridge @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/CaN3mpNQG4— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
Parts Poole Park quite badly flooded @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/2H2Uc0p97k— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
Here's some more from Jon:
Our photographer Jon has sent some pictures from Christchurch Quay, where the water is very high tonight:
We've spoken to Ken and Wendy Ayres, who manage the Iford Bridge Home Park that was evacuated twice over the festive period.
They have not been told to evacuate tonight, but say that the Environment Agency have told them that water could come onto the park later, so the Baptist Church opposite the entrance to the park has been made available and they are using it while they see what happens.
South West Trains are advising people not to travel after 8pm.
Winds so strong on Poole Quay that it's hard to stay on your feet. Water kept at bay for the moment @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/0xrbnwOlgC— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
The Sandbanks Ferry has had to stop the service until at least 9.30pm. The road is flooding with the rising tide, safety is a major concern.— @SandbanksFerry 14 February 2014
Our reporter Nicky Findley, who's in Branksome Park, says a large tree has come down and is blocking Western Road, close to the church.
She says it hasn't hit anything but several cars have parked near it to mark out the fact that it is there. We'll hopefully have a picture shortly.
We're also told that traffic is being stopped from going past Highcliffe Rec due to trees that have either fallen or may fall in the strong winds.
Council staff will be on hand at Tuckton Library to offer support and advice should flooding occur in the Wick area, we're told.
The council says that sandbags will be available for properties that are deemed at risk.
We've just spoken to Bournemouth Borough Council for an update. They say the most at-risk area tonight is Wick. They are sending sandbags to Tuckton Library car park.
At the moment Iford Bridge is not expected to be at risk and there are no plans to evacuate residents from the home park there.
Incredibly strong winds down at Hamworthy Park #FloodAlert @Bournemouthecho— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
Our reporter Alex has just phoned from the A31 heading towards Southampton. She says there is miles of slow traffic heading west. We're not aware of any specific incidents - seems to be a combination of heavy Friday night traffic and the weather.
We've just had a call from a resident on the West Cliff. He says that a large tree has come down on West Cliff Green. It is leaning on other trees and blocking a footpath.
The tree is not blocking a road.
All secure @PooleLifeboats 2.5 hours till high water & tide is hoofing in still @BBCDorset @Bournemouthecho #ukstorm http://t.co/d6U85J1loW— @admiralalex 14 February 2014
Advice from the Maritime Coastguard Agency this evening is to stay away from cliff edges and under cliffs #HantsFloods— @HantsPolice 14 February 2014
Dorset was one of the wettest spots in the country today, recording 31mm (1.2 inches) of rain in 12 hours.— @BBCSouthWeather 14 February 2014
Here's some footage of the Upton Bypass this afternoon. Traffic is still slow on the road
We've just had this picture sent from Jo Hankins of Burley Road in Bransgore
Poole Council have just released this statement.
"Poole is bracing itself for another period of severe weather this weekend.
"With the forecast for high tide and very strong winds, potentially reaching as high as force 9, the risk of flooding to parts of the town has considerably increased.
"Flooding is likely to occur in Lower Hamworthy as well as around Hamworthy Park, Poole Quay, West Quay, Town Quay, Brownsea Road, Banks Road and Sandbanks car park this evening and overnight.
"Borough of Poole will be carrying out inspections of Poole Quay throughout this period and if the road becomes too dangerous it will be closed to vehicles between West Street and Ballard Road roundabout. Pedestrians will still be able to access the Quay with extreme caution.
"In the event that flooding does occur, council staff will be on hand to distribute sand bags to those properties most at risk of being affected.
"The Twin Sails Bridge and Poole Bridge will only be lifted in the event that mariners wish to access the harbour.
"Simon Legg, Street Scene Operations Manager, Borough of Poole, said: "With this next spell of bad weather we are advising residents to be on their guard. We would strongly advise against wave watching along the harbour and beaches and to take extra care when travelling through surface water.
"Our staff are on standby to deal with any issues arising from this latest storm. The team have been working really hard over the last month or so dealing with a range of issues such as flooding, fallen trees and repairs to roads."
"Emergency pothole repairs have today taken place in Hill Street, Longfleet Drive, Dorset Way, Canford Way and Oakley Straight.
Localised flooding has also been dealt with in:
- Beckhampton Road
- Sunnyhill Road
- Charmouth Grove
- Blandford Road
- Lagland Street
- Cabot Lane
- Magna Road
@seashells2008 @Bournemouthecho @adamgoswell car alarms going off everywhere!At first i though someone was throwing stones at my window. X— @xsnowgirlx 14 February 2014
The Council is on standby following the severe flood risk for Xch Harbour which may affect the wick and Iford areas. http://t.co/8HVsCIXYJe— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
We're fenced in! Serious changes to the coastline at Studland : ( #storm http://t.co/3SEOeSN9bO— @studlandsea 14 February 2014
@adamgoswell @Bournemouthecho ice cubes pelting out of the sky sideways at Baiter!— @seashells2008 14 February 2014
This is the latest from Bournemouth Council on the flooding situation.
"Bournemouth Council is on standby following a severe flood warning put in place for Christchurch Harbour, which could affect properties in the Wick area of Bournemouth and may cause further impact further up the River Stour including Iford.
"The severe flood warning is in place until Saturday morning (15 Feb) with a high tide at 10.45am at Christchurch Harbour, but there is the potential risk of flooding in the area before this time.
"Council staff teams are currently carrying out a leaflet drop of all homes that are most at flood risk in the Wick and Iford areas.
"The Council will continue to liaise throughout the weekend with the Environment Agency and the emergency services and will monitor the situation taking further action where necessary.
"Council staff are on standby, including social care, housing, highways and parks in case further action is required should the situation worsen.
"Rest centres are ready to be set up if residents evacuate from their homes and need somewhere warm to make further contingency plans and get advice.
"In addition, staff across all Council services are being redeployed as necessary and will remain on standby throughout the weekend to help with clearing away debris, gully clearing and attend to fallen trees across the whole of the Borough.
"The authority has a number of tractors, chainsaws and heavy duty equipment to help with any clear up operations.
"Residents are advised to avoid the areas that are at high risk of flooding due to a severe flood warning from the Environment Agency which includes Wick, Iford, Christchurch Harbour and Bournemouth beach.
People are also being advised to take extra care along cliffs and beaches.
Landslides often take place after wet weather as there is a delay between the rainwater falling and soaking into the ground.
With the continuing wet weather more landslides are expected.
Tony Williams, Chief Executive at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “With weather in Bournemouth predicted to continue to be very stormy overnight and into the weekend we urge residents to take extra care and allow more time for travelling.
“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.”
Fire crews are telling people on Quay Road in Lymington to evacuate their properties after a severe flood warning was issued by the Environment Agency.
Weather just went from calm to VERY scary in Poole - like a tornado— @adamgoswell 14 February 2014
Hampshire Council have just released a list of roads affected by flooding in the New Forest:
A338 Fordingbridge Bypass: ongoing with pump and lights
A338 Upper Burgate
Thatchers Lane Sopley - closed and impassable
Derritt Lane between Bransgore and Sopley - closed
Palace Lane, Beaulieu: tidal flooding - passable most times
Lepe Foreshore Road: tidal flooding
Breamore, Flood Street: closed
Green Lane, Ringwood - affected by flooding
Fryern Court Road: closed
Dragon Lane, Kingston - affected by floding
Linford Road, Poulner - affected by floodingr
Kingsbury Lane Ringwood - affected by flooding
Spencer Road, New Milton - afected by flooding
North Ripley Road, Ripley - affected by flooding
C49 Ringwood Rd, North Ripley - affected by flooding
Tile Barn Lane, Brockenhurst - affected by flooding
South Sway Lane, Sway passable with care
Coombe Lane, Sway
Quay Road o/s Ship Inn, Lymington: tidal flooding
Long Lane Marchwood - affected by flooding
Bat and Ball Public House, Breamore - The Marsh by the school - Road flooded
Sopley School, Ripley - Ripley Crossroads is impassable
Picket Close, Fordingbridge - partial closure
Butts Ash Lane / Butts Ash Close, Hythe - passable with care
B3055 Marlpit - closed for bridge works
C25 Romsey Road, Awbridge - closed for highway works
U137 Newbridge Road, Cadnam - closed - collapsed road due to flooding
Balmer Lawn Rd, Brockenhurst - Closed under the rail bridge due to flooding
Kingsbury Lane, Ringwood - severely flooded and partial closure in force.
Calmore Rd, Totton - passable with care
Crow Lane, Ringwood - severely flooded - impassable
Lower Pennington Lane, Pennington - flooded at end of lane - impassable
Burley Rd - Brockenhurst between Armstrong Lane and Brookley Rd - closed due to flooding
M27 junc 2 - passable with care
A36 - closed at Ower Rbt.
Flood Warning Issued for Swanage Bay. For more info see http://t.co/UBkF5G1IDf #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 14 February 2014
Days & lates deployed to @LymingtonCops to assist with possible floods at high tide tonight #HantsFloods— @HantspolMarine 14 February 2014
Bakers Arms Roundabout passable with care and delays have eased.— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
Flooding possibility on Poole Quay at 10.00pm tonight. Hopefully all will be OK and we will be open as usual tomorrow http://t.co/SQpBsxNrc9— @PooleMuseum 14 February 2014
Crossings from Sandbanks are a little busier due to flooding through Corfe, however, wait times are no more than 20 minutes.— @SandbanksFerry 14 February 2014
Dorset County Council have released this statement about the severe flood warning at Christchurch Harbour.
"Gale force winds are expected to hit the area, including Mudeford, Stanpit, the Quomps and Wick between high water at 7pm tonight (14 February) and 3am tomorrow (15 February).
"Residents in the area are being contacted directly about the possibility of tidal flooding and an emergency rest centre is being set up at The Grange School, Somerford, in case people need to evacuate and will be open from 7pm tonight (14 February).
"Dorset County Council is working with partners including the Environment Agency, district and borough councils, the NHS, Highways Agency and the emergency services to prepare for the possible impacts of the weather on local people."
Paul Leivers, the county council’s head of community services, said:
“Residents should prepare for flooding in the affected areas and remember to bring any prescription medication with them if they are evacuated.
“Drivers need to check their routes and give themselves more time. If road users cannot avoid driving through water then take care and drive slowly to avoid damaging vehicles and creating waves that flood nearby properties.”
A31 westbound between M27 and A338 near Ringwood (east) | Congestion http://t.co/JKJp8m8VxK— @HR_southcoast 14 February 2014
Flood Warning Issued for Lower Stour at Redhill and Wheatplot Home Sites. For more info see http://t.co/kZT2Jn7RKP #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 14 February 2014
Council officers will be inspecting the Lower & Central Gardens at 6pm tonight to see if it can be reopened #Bmthstorms— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Here's some video of the floods at Corfe Castle today from Brian Dorey
The Met Office have just released this.
"Following a 'multi-pronged attack' of heavy rain, hill snow and severe gales on Friday the weather is expected to gradually improve through Saturday leaving a better day on Sunday.
"Friday's rain will be followed by heavy and squally showers across southern Britain overnight into Saturday. These will be driven along by severe gales with gusts of around 60 mph inland and perhaps 80 mph in exposed areas along the coast. These potentially damaging winds could bring further travel disruption from fallen trees.
"These severe gales could also bring hazardous conditions along the coast and people should stay away from promenades and sea fronts as they could be swept away by large waves or hit by debris.
"Snow is expected to fall over the higher ground in northern areas (generally above 300 metres). Lower levels could also see a risk of some temporary snow accumulations (1-3cm), in particular Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland. Combined with strong winds some difficult travel conditions are possible.
"Darron Burness, head of the AA's severe weather team, said: "Many people will be travelling for half-term next week but with conditions as they are, try to travel within daylight hours when it's easier to spot flooding and other hazards on the road.
"It's also pretty tiring driving in poor weather, so break up any journey more than three hours long. Check the Met Office weather alerts before heading out and keep tuned to local radio for all the traffic updates. In case you get stuck, at the very least, take plenty of warm, waterproof clothing, an atlas or sat-nav and a fully-charged mobile."
"During this period of unsettled weather, people are advised to stay up to date with the latest Met Office forecasts and National Severe Weather Warnings and find out what to do in severe weather so they can plan ahead for the weather in store.
"Looking further ahead, it is a slightly improved picture - Sunday looks dry with sunshine for most, after a frosty and in places icy start. We can expect more rain on Monday but this is expected to be less intense than recently, with lighter winds."
Looks like heavy rain over for today. Strong winds forecast for tonight and tomorrow though. Please take care when out and about. #dorset— @DFRSSwanageFire 14 February 2014
#StormSWT The line at Sway is now opened in both directions, but a speed restriction is in place.— @SW_Trains 14 February 2014
There will be a 7.30am pitch inspection at Goldsands Stadium ahead of AFC Bournemouth's scheduled game against Burnley tomorrow.
No Pitch inspection is scheduled yet but this isn't looking too good for tommorow's game!! #afcb #clarets http://t.co/Hx6w95Tr5m— @ozno95 14 February 2014
More from the Bakers Arms - It's now reopened.
It worked and after they tested the depth with a police car traffic started to flow again. @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/2Qyupp8tEA— @CorinDailyEcho 14 February 2014
Police have used an HGV to move the large amount of standing water on the Bakers Arms roundabout.
It's worked and now cars can pass. Hooray!
Traffic problems on Wessex Way towards Bournemouth especially on St Paul's roundabout.
Take care driving tonight as there's lots of standing water on the roads. Only drive through water you know isn't too deep. #staysafe— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
Concern over weather and tonight's high tide in Christchurch Harbour has resulted in severe flood warning for area #bmthfloods— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
@BournemouthFA @BoroughofPoole no footy all weekend at Branksome Rec I guess http://t.co/4kO7Zdd30X— @steve_fall 14 February 2014
@SW_Trains my wife and son are travelling back to Bournemouth what to I say to them are they going to be stranded at Brockenhurst— @bmhdiscos 14 February 2014
@SW_Trains it would be useful if you told people at Waterloo that there's no service between brockenhurst & Bournemouth.— @BethsterFD 14 February 2014
@SW_Trains I'm currently stuck on a train not going to my destination. Completely pointless & due to lack of information.— @BethsterFD 14 February 2014
@SW_Trains do you have a number for the people dealing with finding coach operators for rail replacement— @tempotraveluk 14 February 2014
@SW_Trains are you offering taxis? Or do I have to find my own way to Bournemouth?— @BeckyJ27 14 February 2014
#StromSWT The London bound direction is now open through Sway with a speed restriction, but Bournemouth bound lines are blocked— @SW_Trains 14 February 2014
Continued rainfall could add to already high levels of ground water causing more floods. Be extra cautious of the strong winds #Bmthstorms— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
#StormSWT. We are still unable to locate any replacement transport between Brockenhurst & Bournemouth— @SW_Trains 14 February 2014
A severe flood warning has been issued for Christchurch Harbour tonight.
The Environment Agency said it will remain in force for 8 hours between high water at 7 pm on 14/02/2014 and 3 am on Saturday 15/02/2014.
The forecast wind direction are south south west through to south westerly overnight. The forecast wind strengths are Force 9 decreasing to Force 8 overnight.
#StormSWT We have beenunable to hire any buses between Brockenhurst & Bournemouth— @SW_Trains 14 February 2014
Dorchester Road is also closed from Upton to Lytchett this afternoon
Large Tree down A35 near Rhinefield and Burley turn offs. A35 blocked .— @LymingtonCops 14 February 2014
Travel Dorset have said no trains are running between Bournemouth and Brockenhust until further notice.
Traffic is queuing for more than two miles on the Upton bypass this afternoon due to the closure of the Bakers Arms roundabout.
The road from the roundabout to Sandford and Wareham is also gridlocked as is the A350 road to Blandford from the Upton bypass.
#bmthfloods Information is being distributed to properties that could be at risk advising residents to prepare for possible flooding— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
#bmthfloods severe weather coming for Christchurch Harbour. Our staff are advising residents of risks and continue to monitor.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Photographer Corin Messer is stuck on the Upton Bypass and said police are diverting people back up the bypass from the roundabout.
They are having to turn right at the roundabout and go back up the bypass.
Here's the scene on the Upton Bypass this afternoon. The Bakers Arms roundabout is closed due to flooding and police are turning people around.
Here's the scene from Swanage in Force 8 winds just after 1pm today from Jeff Soulsby.
B3054 #LYMINGTON - Bridge Road flood barriers will be closed at 21:30 tonight until 02:00 tomorrow, signed diversions in place.— @ROMANSE 14 February 2014
Severe delays - A351 towards Bakers Arms Roundabout due to it's closure.— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
The traffic on the Upton Bypass towards the Bakers Arms roundabout is stationary, says photographer Corin Messer.
A31 reports of flooding at Sturminster Marshall as sandbags have been breached by flood water.— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
We've just heard from Michelle who would normally be going home via the Bakers Arms roundabout. She says the diversion routes are chock-a-block.
We have details about a crash on the Upton Bypass this afternoon in which a man sustained serious injuries:
A man driving a blue Mercedes has been injured in a collision on the Upton Bypass this afternoon.
The police said they were called at 2.20pm to a section of the road just beyond the A350 junction, where there is a tree in the highway, which needs to be removed by the local authority.
The police added that the injury sustained is serious but not life threatening.
A35 Bakers Arms Roundabout now being CLOSED divert via any available route.— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
#StormSWT Shuttle services will run between Bournemouth & Weymouth— @SW_Trains 14 February 2014
@TravelDorset @dorsetforyou @Bournemouthecho Baker's Arms roundabout under water. Police on scene. #dorsetweather http://t.co/vkWJ2Eua0t— @Salzasal 14 February 2014
South West Trains have said that due to flooding at Sway, trains are unable to run between Bournemouth and Brockenhurst
@Bournemouthecho Bakers Arms! http://t.co/Wdrm27OljM— @ZLS21 14 February 2014
We have a bit more information on the situation at the Baker's Arms.
Dorset Police said there are ‘two or three’ broken down vehicles in the flooded area by the Baker’s Arms roundabout.
The Environment Agency has just issued flood warnings for Poole Harbour.
A flood warning for Hamworthy Park will be in force for 16 hours between high water at 7pm tonight and 6am tomorrow
A flood warning for Wareham Quay, Ridge, Redcliffe and Swineham areas will be in force for 11 hours between high water at 7pm tonight and 6am tomorrow
A flood warning for Swineham Point and The Moors, Wareham, Panorama Road, Grasmere Road, Seacombe Road, Brownsea Road, Banks Road and the car park on Sandbanks will be in force 16 hours between high water at 7pm tonight and 6am tomorrow
The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for Lymington and Keyhaven. The latest update on the Environment Agency website says:
This warning is being issued as a precautionary measure. Forecast tide levels are significant and will be very close to the top of the sea wall which protects most of Lymington and Keyhaven.
Some wave overtopping of the sea wall may occur at high water tonight. Most of the properties located behind the sea wall should be well protected behind the defence.
Our river defence scheme will also be operated. This includes closing the gate across the toll bridge to stop any water flowing down Waterloo Road. Our staff will be at Town Slip near the Ship Inn pub to over pump the water. The fire service are also providing pumps.
Properties at Town Slip remain at greatest risk if the pump cannot cope with ingress of tide water. Water could be half a metre deep in this location if pumping is unsuccessful.
The earlier Met Office warning did look as though the rain might fizzle out by tomorrow morning but the yellow warning is now valid until 8pm tomorrow.
Any reports of flooding and trees down please contact us on 01202 451451 #bmthstorms— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
The path at Alum Chine leading up to West Overcliff Drive is now back open after being closed yesterday because of a fallen tree #Bmthstorms— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
A35 Bakers Arms Roundabout, Lytchett Matravers - flooding— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho serious flooding at bakers arm roundabout and tree down on a35 towards bakers arm .. 2 car accident http://t.co/YtBVAlVVTP— @melxhitchcock 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho police closed one lane and car in the hedge badly damaged— @melxhitchcock 14 February 2014
Here's some advice from the AA
With further gales set to disrupt half-term travel, the AA is encouraging drivers to try completing their journeys in daylight hours.
So far today (as at 14:00), the AA has attended 40 flood-stricken vehicles, totalling around 880 since last Friday (7 February).
Darron Burness, head of the AA’s severe weather team, says: “Many people will be travelling for half-term next week but with conditions as they are, try to travel within daylight hours when it’s easier to spot flooding and other hazards on the road.
“It’s also pretty tiring driving in poor weather, so break up any journey more than three hours long. Keep tuned to local radio for all the traffic and weather reports and, at the very least, take plenty of warm, waterproof clothing, an atlas or sat-nav and a fully-charged mobile.”
The A338 Wessex Way was closed 30 minutes whilst the dangerous lamp was removed. Sorry if you were caught in traffic. http://t.co/6pvO8NWHUs— @DorsetTraffic 14 February 2014
Looks like there is lots if water on the roads. Please be careful out there. #dorsetweather #swanage #Dorset #floods— @DFRSSwanageFire 14 February 2014
#bmthstorms flooding at Winston Rd / West Way junction. Our Highways team are on site trying to clear the drains http://t.co/NPQxt2Q9Gm— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
East Burton Road at Wool being closed due to flooding.— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
Road flooding below Corfe castle take care folks. @NTPurbeck #flooding http://t.co/7pfQzBUbtC— @Brownseablog 14 February 2014
We've had to close the castle due to flooding on the main road near Castle View - best avoided— @NTCorfeCastle 14 February 2014
Due to flooding, route 175 cannot serve Burley and Crow at the current time. We apologise to those affected.— @Morebusco 14 February 2014
Just to clarify, the 175 will be running along main roads.— @Morebusco 14 February 2014
East Burton Road, Wool towards Moreton currently being closed due to deep flood water, the road is not passable. Please take care.— @PurbeckPolice 14 February 2014
A lot of water on Ferry Rd (the ferry side of Studland village) - please take extra care, drive slowly.— @SandbanksFerry 14 February 2014
We've got some pictures of the Wessex Way from earlier. You can see the rather precarious street light in question, which forced the closure of the road while engineers dealt with it.
This is the scene in Bournemouth's Central Gardens this afternoon.
@TravelDorset Ok thank you. There is a lot of water on Ferry Rd as you leave Studland village towards the ferry - care needed.— @SandbanksFerry 14 February 2014
#bmthstorms Highways are currently attending flooding at Winston Road / West Way junction using equipment to try and clear the drains.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
#bmthstorms Bath Hill Road roundabout - flooding now cleared.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
When driving through shallow water pls drive slowly, consider the tidal wave that may hit pedestrians #HantsFloods http://t.co/cQ52totuCQ— @RingwoodPolice 14 February 2014
Winterborne Valley First School has been closed after police advice, most children have been picked up by parents— @DorsetEchoRach 14 February 2014
A351 through Corfe Castle reported flooded, unknown whether passable at this time.— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
This is how Bournemouth Gardens is looking this afternoon! RT @sebclement1984 http://t.co/lCRyMpSpRX— @Bournemouthecho 14 February 2014
The A351 through Corfe Castle is flooded but still open and passable with care.— @DorsetTransport 14 February 2014
Not a great day to be running around naked #boscombe #beach http://t.co/6G84KDFE9U— @geoffzzzzzz 14 February 2014
#LYNDHURST - Town centre very congested due to the flooding on A337 just south of town. Routes in from Ashurst & Cadnam suffering the most.— @ROMANSE 14 February 2014
@SandbanksFerry Not that we've heard... If we get any confirmed info we'll tweet.— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
@TravelDorset We've heard rumours the road through Corfe is closed. Is there any truth in it?— @SandbanksFerry 14 February 2014
Have just had the most awful journey back from Yeovil. If you were planning to go that way today - don't!! #northdorsetfloods— @MacmillanDorset 14 February 2014
Putting extra fire/floodfighters at Portland tonight to deal with any coastal issues. All specialist rescue teams on standby across county— @DorsetFireChief 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho Outside the DVLA in Bourne Valley Road at the moment http://t.co/I4JFZbMyfR— @GumGum2804 14 February 2014
@steve_fall @bournemouthbc @Bournemouthecho We have called off the games on Saturday but currently not the games on Sunday. Thanks— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
Incredible flooding in Bournemouth Central gardens, water still flowing fast with nowhere to go @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/mhxAa6UQoK— @losbiwan 14 February 2014
Wessex Way fully open following the earlier closure, thanks you for your patience and apologies for any inconvenience— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
All football and rugby matches scheduled this weekend on Council pitches have been called off due to the weather #Bmthstorms— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
A35 Bere Regis to Lytchett Matravers - reports of deep water in places, but the road remains passable with care.— @TravelDorset 14 February 2014
The Wessex Way has fully re-opened after the light has been fixed.
#bmthstorms Highways team attending Bath Hill Roundabout after reports of flooding.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Brockenhurst weather report: http://t.co/MBrXSsJScH— @LymingtonCops 14 February 2014
Westbound route of Wessex Way heading towards Bmth has re-opened, area still might be congested for a little while— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Bournemouth Central gardens bridge almost overwhelmed @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/yRz0E65BxD— @losbiwan 14 February 2014
Wessex Way seconds away from re-opening both sides. Lamp post now headless! @Bournemouthecho— @mhawkyard 14 February 2014
Bournemouth Central gardens currently @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/lTBiO15tEs— @losbiwan 14 February 2014
Hampshire County Council have issued this advice for people
• Do not let children play in floodwater and take care if you or your family must go into flood water as there could be hidden dangers like sharp objects, raised manhole covers and pollution.
• Wash your hands regularly. If clean water is not available use hand sanitising gel or wet wipes.
• If you have been flooded, or live near a river in flood remember that accidents happen in fast flowing floodwater so avoid walking or driving in or near floodwater.
• It’s important when cleaning up after a flood to never use outdoor petrol or diesel generators indoors even in the event of a power cut. The exhaust fumes may contain carbon monoxide which can kill in a confined space such as a home. Carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal.
• After being flooded, do not turn on gas or electrics until they have been checked by a qualified technician.
• Avoid eating food that has touched flood water and clean all work surfaces before and after preparing food.
Bmth Central & Lower gardens closed to the public due to flooding we will be monitoring the situation #Bmthstorms http://t.co/PO36jiY2QM— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Wessex Way between Cooper Dean & Springbourne closed in both directions due to dangerous street light. It should only be for a short period.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
@Bournemouthecho it's a bit wet! http://t.co/nOvWoph0xI— @DocEvil666 14 February 2014
Please remember pedestrians when youare driving on flooded roads or through lots of surface water.
12:45pm Fri 14 Feb 14
why cant selfish idiotic drivers have thought for pedestrians as they drive through puddles
Lots of surface water covering the A351 in and out of Swanage @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/arfhX6zMKh— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
Rain so far 16.6mm (over half an inch) should ease off over next hour or two.— @Jim_AFCB 14 February 2014
On #boscombe #beach, lunching with @theurbanreef & my valentine, the lovely @mrszzzzzz, sea looks a bit angry http://t.co/Ka84kKNlUp— @geoffzzzzzz 14 February 2014
#bmthstorm The Bourne Stream is running very fast due to heavy rain. Lower & Central is currently closed to the public.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
#bmthstorms The rain, it raineth every day...view from the Seafront offices. http://t.co/mp3lA9Ixia— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
There is a full closure on the Wessex Way now due to the dangerous light.
The road is not expected to be closed for very long but part of the T-shaped lamp post has to be removed as it is hanging off the main post.
Big waves and relentless rain again at Swanage seafront @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/zzC5w3ebYL— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
We've got some more information from our traffic feed on the Wessex Way situation.
"One lane blocked due to emergency repairs on A338 both ways between A3060 Castle Lane West (Cooper Dean Roundabout) and A3049 Richmond Park Road (Springbourne Roundabout). Lane two (Of two) is closed both ways whilst a lamp post that is in danger of falling over is fixed."
#bmthstorms Our Parks team have closed Bmth Lower Gdns to the public due to flooding. The team are currently monitoring Central and Upper.— @bournemouthbc 14 February 2014
Another wet and blustery day on Swanage seafront @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/1xL0oeJzNp— @SallyDailyEcho 14 February 2014
Bournemouth Beach and Pier from outside the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum this afternoon: http://t.co/HyNvtb8g18— @MichaelSpender 14 February 2014
We are about to put closures on the A338 Wessex Way, both directions between Springbourne and Cooper Dene due to a dangerous street light.— @DorsetTraffic 14 February 2014
Rescue crews From Poole and appliance from Wareham attended East Holme to rescue a lady and 18 month old child from car in flood water— @DFRSFireControl 14 February 2014
Rainfall map for 2pm today showing a band of wet and windy weather. Stay #weatheraware http://t.co/i8oNrzhPiY http://t.co/L7VrM8ehOA— @metoffice 14 February 2014
#yellowsupdate 11:10 - Services 6, 26, 36: Wallisdown Rd closed between University and Wallisdown roundabout due... http://t.co/8h2MIboek2— @YellowBuses 14 February 2014
Most persistent rain now cleared from Cornwall and Devon, and will soon ease in Somerset and Dorset. However winds will continue to increase— @bbcweather 14 February 2014
The latest weather-related national news from the Press Association
Plans for hundreds of redundancies at the Environment Agency have been put on hold because of the floods crisis sweeping the country.
The agency's chief executive has sent an email to staff saying that response to the flooding is taking priority over other work.
Paul Leinster said: ''We are quite rightly prioritising incident response above all other work. With this in mind, we are reviewing the timetable for the change programme.
''We will not be taking further decisions on work stream proposals or structures whilst we remain in incident mode. This means we will not be seeking any further engagement with staff on ways of working during this period and will not be entering into any formal consultation arrangements.
''We will continue to work closely with the trade unions and are committed to their on-going involvement.
''Once we move out of incident response mode, we will re-focus our efforts to continue implementing a successful change programme. We want everyone's voices to be heard as we develop ways of working, free from the pressures of incident response.
''Directors and I have been out to affected parts of the country and met with teams working night and day to reduce the risk of flooding.
"The commitment, energy, expertise and professionalism we have seen first-hand makes us incredibly proud to lead this organisation.
"We are committed to managing engagement and consultation around organisational change in a manner that makes the best use of your knowledge and encourages you to have your say.''
Unions have warned that 1,700 jobs are at risk at the agency, with 550 under immediate threat before the floods started.
If you know of any other roads affected by flooding then please let us know in the comments below
Our traffic feed is reporting the following roads are affected by flooding:
Derritt Lane is closed between Harpway Lane (Ripley Crossroads, Sopley) and West Road (Bransgore)
Stony Lane is closed between A35 Christchurch By-Pass / B3059 Purewell Cross Road / Stony Lane and Martins Hill Lane.
Stapehill Road between Wimborne Road West and B3073 Ham Lane. The road is open but may be impassable at times.
In Winkiton Burley Road at Harpway Lane is open but may be impassable at times
Avon Causeway is open at the moment but may be impassable at times
Oh dear, our headline has caused some upset to commenter live-and-let-live
10:45am Fri 14 Feb 14
the excessive use of the word "misery" is making me very miserable.
Here's a picture of sunnier times in Bournemouth to make you feel a bit less miserable:
Christchurch council has been forced into a U-turn and has pledged to refund flood-hit residents who bought their own sandbags.
Storm heading in during the afternoon/night, currently over the Atlantic. Gales, #UKsnow & rain will disrupt travel! http://t.co/SqPpOmIdql— @AASORT 14 February 2014
Our beach team are sporting an unusual look. Please avoid the beaches if possible until the bad weather passes. http://t.co/Y0eKXhza7D— @BoroughofPoole 14 February 2014
Any end in sight? Our longer range forecast indicates that the stormy weather pattern should begin to lose intensity next week. SusanP— @bbcweather 14 February 2014
Southern and Scottish Energy have said extra resources are now in place in preparation for the bad weather forecast this weekend. Here's what they are saying on their website:
Due to unusually high winds in the south of England, we have now moved to yellow alert.
We have extra resources in place in order to repair any damage as quickly as possible. Any customers without power are urged to contact our dedicated team.
The country has faced an extraordinary combination of weather conditions over the last six weeks and there is more to come. #floodaware— @EnvAgencySW 14 February 2014
The Environment Agency has placed Dorset as being at high risk of flooding for today and tomorrow, as seen on the maps below.
Here's what the Environment Agency said in their flood risk forecast:
For the Dorset coastline there is a HIGH flood risk on Friday and Saturday due to a combination of large waves, high tides and gale force onshore winds.
Elsewhere along most of the south coast of England, there is a LOW flood risk from coastal flooding on Friday and Saturday.
There is also a LOW groundwater flood risk in Dorset and much of south-east England through the next three days, increasing to MEDIUM flood risk on Friday onwards in Dorset.
On Friday and Saturday, further heavy rain and bands of showers will fall on saturated ground across much of England and Wales. In southern parts of Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and western parts of Dorset, there is a MEDIUM flood risk from rivers and surface water flooding on Friday and for ongoing river response on Saturday (except for Cornwall where the risk reduces to LOW on Saturday).
The Environment Agency still has flood warnings for the following locations:
- Lower Frome from Dorchester to East Stoke
- Middle Avon at Fordingbridge
- Lower Avon from Ringwood to Christchurch
- Lower Avon at The Bridges and Stubbings Meadow in Ringwood
- Middle Avon from Salisbury to Ringwood
- South Winterbourne Valley
- Lower Frome from East Stoke to Wareham
Oh dear. This doesn't sound good.
9:17am Fri 14 Feb 14
Looks like another wet one. Radar suggests heavier rain later this morning.
Up-to-the-minute (well.. every 5 minutes) rainfall totals for Bournemouth available on www.g0ofe.com/weathe
r - click on "24h Graphs" for wind and rain data over the period.
We've just checked out the Weather Station in Springborne site and it does say it is only a chilly 4.9C today and we've so far had 4.6 mm of rain.
Here's a picture Tamsin Crane sent in of stormy skies at Branksome Chine last niht
If you're sick of the rain there is good news. The amber warning is only currently in force until 2pm as it is due to clear to the east during the afternoon.
15-25 mm of rain will fall widely within the Amber warning area with 40 mm possible in a few places.
The amber warning for wind covers Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth and gusts of up to 80mph are possible for overnight tonight and into Saturday morning. The Met Office has warned of disruption to travel with potential for trees to be uprooted and perhaps damage to buildings.
Here's the amber warning for wind in full for you:
A further period of very strong winds is possible across southern and southeastern counties of England from Friday afternoon, overnight into Saturday morning. Gusts of 70 mph are likely in the Amber warning area with isolated 80 mph gusts possible along most exposed parts of the south coast. Winds will ease from the west during Saturday morning.
The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel as well as trees being uprooted and perhaps damage to buildings. The very strong winds will be accompanied by large waves along the south coast and the public should also be aware of these potentially dangerous conditions and also the possibility of coastal flooding.
This warning accompanies a larger yellow warning and has been issued as there is now more confidence in the evolution of the system leading to a medium risk of significant impacts.
Good morning all. Unfortunately the severe weather continues into the weekend with amber warnings in force by the Met Office for heavy rain and strong winds.