PARTS of Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole saw flooding after a weekend of heavy downpours. 

The Met Office issued an extended yellow weather warning across east Dorset for the entire weekend until midnight on Sunday, October 29. 

Waters rose as far as the beach huts on Mudeford Quay. 

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Meanwhile in Poole, Banks Road along Sandbanks suffered clogged drains with giant puddles spreading across the road. 

Cars were seen struggling through the deluge. 


Flood alerts were also issued for the two harbours. A spokesperson for the Environment Agency asked residents to “protect yourself and your property”. 

They added: “Avoid contact with, walking or driving through flood water. Consider activating any property flood protection products you may have.” 

Organisers of the Halloween event Scream Aloud, which was due to be held in the New Forest on Saturday and Sunday, cancelled the event because of an “unprecedented amount” of rain. 

Bookings are to be refunded for the ghost-themed experience, similar to an escape room, due to the outdoor site being “waterlogged”. 


In a statement, the organisers said it was with “deep regret” they had to cancel the two-day scare-fest. 

For the next two days, residents can expect a bit of respite as the weather is expected to settle down. 

However, the Met Office has said much of southern England, including Dorset, will be hit by Storm Ciarán from Wednesday, with a yellow weather warning in place for rain. 

Met office deputy chief meteorologist, Chris Almond, said “Winds associated with Storm Ciarán are likely to gust to 80mph along the south coast of England, with a small risk of somewhere exposed seeing 90mph, and winds could even gust up to 50 or 60 mph further inland. 

“This deep low-pressure system will also bring heavy rain to much of the UK, but the heaviest rain is expected in southern and western areas with 20 to 25mm quite widely across the region but up to 40 to 60mm potentially over higher ground. 

"Heavy and persistent rain will fall onto already saturated ground bringing a risk of further impacts such as flooding in areas that are already struggling to clean up from the heavy rainfall we have seen over the last week or so.”