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- Five people rescued from fire at block of flats in Southbourne
- Firefighters are dealing with a fire at Ham Common
- Dorset routes busy as The Big Summer Getaway begins
- It is expected to be one of the busiest days of the year on the roads
- The Met Office has a yellow warning in place for heavy showers and thunderstorms until 9pm tonight
Very deep surface water at Bakers Arms Rbout & Holton Heath lights... Take care! @DorsetTransport @TravelDorset— @jurassiccoastin 25 July 2014
We've also been sent this picture of flooding in Wimborne by James Marshall
We've been sent this picture of flooding in Wimborne by a reader
This storm has intensified rapidly over past half hour. it was a little shower over Fordingbridge a while ago!— @Jim_AFCB 25 July 2014
@Bournemouthecho Torrential rain and thunder #corfemullen— @goldencaesar 25 July 2014
Two schoolchildren were rescued clinging to a marker buoy having being swept out to sea from Sandbanks beach this afternoon. Read the full story here
We've spoken to Paul Clarke, of the Bournemouth Accommodation and Hotel Association, about visitors set to flock to Bournemouth this weekend.
He said: “At the moment hotels in the town are enjoying a very busy period partly due to exceptional weather. We would strongly encourage visitors to the town to book well in advance if they wish to head down to us.”
Reports of A35 partially blocked in both directions, due to overturned car near Winterbourne Abbas.Slow moving traffic at present.— @TravelDorset 25 July 2014
A354 Blandford Forum bypass in partially blocked both directions, very slow traffic due to accident near B3082 Wimborne Road.— @TravelDorset 25 July 2014
Poole tourism manager Graham Richardson is looking forward to the influx of visitors expected to arrive in the town across the weekend, boasting they can enjoy “Britain’s best beach” at Sandbanks as well as fun by the quayside and in the parks.
“The spell of good weather is set to continue for the next few days so anyone visiting can expect to have a lot of fun,” he added.
“We have a great range of facilities for people to enjoy. We have seen a steady increase in numbers in the past few weeks and look forward to a busy summer.”
#thunder storm over Brockenhurst and heading towards christchurch by the sound of things, dark clouds gathering @Bournemouthecho— @suebussell 25 July 2014
Thundering & raining over Roeshot Hill Christchurch. Don't mind a rain soaking after enduring todays heat out on 2 wheels @StewartsGardenC— @echocharlie1871 25 July 2014
We have some more details on the heath fire at Ham Common. Read the latest here
We can confirm that there is a fire at Ham Common. We'll have some details online for you shortly.
We're getting reports of possibly another fire in the Hamworthy direction. We're checking it out now.
It is almost impossible to travel to Dorset from either London Waterloo or Paddington at present due to lightning strikes on both main lines— @DorsetTransport 25 July 2014
We have some more information about the disruption to trains this afternoon running between Dorset and London Waterloo due to the earlier lightning strike. Read the full story here
Delays remain M3 between Winchester and the M27, southbound and northbound.— @ROMANSE 25 July 2014
Traffic is building up on the A31 between West Moors/Ferndown slip way and Wimborne.
Check out our traffic feed here for more information
Here is the link to the story so far from the fire in Church Road, Southbourne.
More to follow from the scene.
And this was also sent in from the earlier Church Road blaze from a reader.
An eyewitness at the fire in Church Road, Southbourne has sent us this picture of one of the five people being rescued by firefighters this afternoon.
Stuck for something to do this weekend? Check out our guide to what's on in Dorset this weekend. http://bit.ly/1nBjfMB
Fire fighters on the scene of a flat fire in Warren Edge Court in southbourne @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/U2FHpueH9I— @SallyDailyEcho 25 July 2014
The earlier signalling fault at #LondonWaterloo which was rectified earlier, has reoccured and so further disruption expected to services.— @TravelDorset 25 July 2014
Great work by Dorset firefighters today, Church Road Southbourne, Bournemouth. 5 people rescued by firefighters. http://t.co/KfoQef7Iwe— @DorsetFireChief 25 July 2014
In other news, the group of travellers who were at Baiter Park, have now left. But 12 caravans have turned up at Beach Road car park in Branksome.
Latest here http://bit.ly/1tJya8M
Pictures from Church Road Southbourne, Bournemouth. 5 people rescued by firefighters. All people now accounted for. http://t.co/YHKeOt8n50— @DorsetFire 25 July 2014
Another pictures from Sally
Area Commander Tim Spring at a flat fire in Warren Edge Court, S'bourne @Bournemouthecho http://t.co/HRQWxgstBF— @SallyDailyEcho 25 July 2014
Tim Spring said again: "All persons are now accounted for, which is very good news. It's really importrant that if you have got fire doors, particularly in a flat, that they are kept closed at all times."
The South Western Ambulance service have confirmed people were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation but didn't have to be taken to hospital.
We've been speaking to Tim Spring, Fire Area Commander: "We are still searching the premises. The fire spread out of the flat and into the means of escape which were compromised which is why we had to rescue two adults and three children from the neighbouring flat on the third floor of the building using the aerial platform.
"They suffered no injuries although they were clearly quite distressed. The fire has been extinguished, the cause is currently being investigated."
Here's some video footage by Sally of the emergency services at Church Road
We've heard from our reporter Will who is now at the scene on Church Road. He's said there is currently an ambulance, paramedic vehicle and a command unit at the scene.
Two more ambulances have just turned up.
Our photographer Sally has just sent back these pictures from the scene
Southwestern Ambulance Service confirmed they were called at 11.47am by the fire service.
They are still at the scene checking the condition of one adult female, 62, and three children.
Church Road closed between St Catherine's Road and Warren Edge Road in Bournemouth, because of a building fire at block of flats— @TravelDorset 25 July 2014
We're just getting some details about a fire at a three-storey block of flats on Church Road in Southbourne.
Dorset Fire and Rescue Service have said there are six fire engines at the scene and an aerial platform is being used.
More information as we get it.
It may be lovely and sunny now but believe it or not the Met Office has issued a yellow warning for heavy showers or thunderstorms for today! Read the full story here
There is disruption on South West Trains which is expected to last until 4pm. This is due to a signalling problem at Waterloo.
Passengers are being warned their journeys may be extended by up to 20 minutes.
NEW: Signalling problem at #Waterloo. Some lines are blocked and fewer trains are able to run. More information http://t.co/fAURW0COkH— @SW_Trains 25 July 2014
There are delays of around 30 minutes on the A31 at Ringwood due to a two vehicle crash on the eastbound carriageway heading towards Southampton at Picket Post. Read the full story here