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    07:09: Ian Parker BBC News

    Good morning. We'll be bringing you live coverage of the stormy weather across the West County as it happens.

    Gloucester flooding 07:20:
    Alney Island

    There is a severe flood warning in operation for Alney Island in Gloucester.

    The River Severn did not breach the defences during the night and the Environment Agency said the area had "dodged the bullet".

    But there is still a risk that water levels could rise later this morning.

    Weather warning 07:29:

    An amber warning for rain is in place for parts of Somerset this morning. The Met Office says 15-25mm of rain could fall during the morning.

    The warning adds that the "public should be prepared for further disruption" from surface water and river flooding.

    A yellow warning for rain is in place for much of the rest of southern England.

    School closures 07:41:

    There are four schools closed in Gloucestershire today. Tewkesbury School and Tirlebrook Primary School both closed on Thursday afternoon.

    Queen Margaret Primary School and Ashchurch Primary have also announced they will not be open today.

    Gloucester flooding 07:51:

    Sarah Dennis from the Environment Agency, speaking from Alney Island in Gloucester, warned: "We still do still have the severe warning with tides coming later."

    River Severn at Alney Island

    She added there was "the risk the defences could breach later today".

    "[Water levels] have increased very slightly overnight but there's still a lot of water to come down from Tewkesbury and Worcester."

    Lane closures 08:01:

    One lane of the M48 Old Severn Bridge is closed because of strong winds, BBC Travel News reports.

    Wet and windy forecast 08:08:

    The Met Office says wet and very windy weather will spread north-eastwards this morning with heavy rain expected.

    They are predicting gale force winds which could become severe later, especially around Weston-super-Mare and other places along the Severn Estuary coast.

    The strong winds along with the rain may cause disruption.

    Gloucester flooding 08:16:

    Two more schools in the Tewkesbury area have been closed bringing the total to six.

    You can find further details on Gloucestershire County Council's website.

    Wiltshire flooding 08:24:

    Expect delays on the A338 at Collingbourne Ducis and Cholderton in Wiltshire because of flooding, reports BBC Travel News.

    Flooding and temporary traffic lights are also causing delays on the A342 at Wilsford.

    Flood sign
    Rail update 08:35:

    West Country commuters heading London from Swindon, Bath and Bristol are being warned that only five trains per hour are running in each direction between Paddington and Reading.

    "That's around a fifth of the normal service," a spokesman said.

    Rail update 08:46:

    On the Cheltenham to London Paddington route the service will only run between Cheltenham and Swindon and not direct to the capital.

    Passengers will then have to change in Swindon where three trains an hour in each direction will run between Swindon and London Paddington.


    BBC Wiltshire tweets: TRAVEL: we've had reports of an accident on the A360 Devizes Road in Salisbury near Queen Alexandra Road

    Gloucester flooding 09:00:
    Road closed sign

    The A38 is closed between the A40 Longford roundabout and Down Hatherley Lane, Twigworth.

    Police have closed the road for safety reasons.

    Prime minister on the floods 09:09:

    Prime Minister David Cameron has said he is "very sorry" for the suffering caused by the extreme weather afflicting large swathes of the country, reports the Western Daily Press.

    He has promised to do "whatever it takes" to help those affected.

    Somerset Latest 09:17: Chris Eakin On the Somerset Levels

    "The forecast is not for hurricane force but for storm force winds but there's one critical difference that this storm will bring more rain than two days ago.

    "For the likes of the Somerset Levels, that's very bad.

    "It's a horrible day ahead."

    As it happened
    Well-wrapped up 09:25:
    Whiteladies Road, Bristol

    As the rain comes down outside the BBC studios in Bristol many of those walking to work were well-wrapped up.

    It's not yet as windy as in other parts of the West Country.

    M50 lane closures 09:33:

    The Highways Agency tweets: "#M50 eastbound between J2 and J1 | Lane(s) blocked http://bit.ly/v6Bcfq"

    Swollen Severn 09:40: Chris Sandys Tewkesbury
    Flooding around Tewkesbury Abbey

    "A very peaceful start to another day in Tewkesbury, as pumps quietly work to keep water away from front doors and local residents meet to discuss the water levels.

    "The flood plain surrounding the abbey is underwater, and the properties on the riverbank are once again beginning the day with a panoramic view of a very swollen River Severn."

    Straw sent 09:50:

    BBC Radio Gloucestershire reports the owner of a Gloucestershire stud has helped to collect 1,000 bales of straw to send to flood victims in Somerset.

    Francesca Pollara is co-ordinating the collection of hay and silage at her base in Kemble.

    Bridge watch 10:00:
    Bradford-on-Avon bridge

    Bradford-on-Avon Bridge Watch tweets: "River same as last night bridge fine & BoA open 4 business. Will update during day."

    Warning to drivers 10:08:

    The Highways Agency is warning drivers of high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes they could be blown over in today's high winds.

    Areas of particular concern in the West include the two Severn crossings, the Avonmouth Bridge and junctions 13-15 (Stroud to Almondsbury) and 20-23 of the M5 (Clevedon to Bridgwater).

    Alney Island 10:22:

    Chris Bainger, from the Environment Agency, says they are "feeling very confident" about the flood defences at Alney Island, Gloucester. The agency predicted the Severn would peak around 10:00.

    Alney Island

    "We've gone past the phase when the tidal influence could push the water over the top," he tells the BBC's Sophie Long.

    "We've got some horrendous weather coming in so we need to remain vigilant.

    "It's got about 10cm to go before it goes over the top."

    Police visit 10:37:

    Avon and Somerset Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens tweets: "At Silver control centre at Taunton police station attending morning briefing with all agencies. Teams working day & night tackling flooding."

    In the papers 10:49:

    The family of a university student who died after walking home in just trousers and a shirt have told the Gloucester Citizen they believe he succumbed to the cold

    Ali Bunney, 20, was found unconscious at the edge of Gloucestershire Airport, near Cheltenham, on the afternoon of 9 February and despite efforts to save him, he died later that day.

    A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said his death is not being treated as suspicious and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

    Tewkesbury flooding 10:54:

    Tewkesbury resident, Harry Robertson, 83, says flooding in the town is "nothing new".

    Narrowboat in Tewkesbury

    "It [the flooding] happens every year but it's not normally as bad as this," he told BBC News.

    "Nobody's done anything to the [River] Swilgate [which joins the River Avon] for years.

    "Getting the car out is the biggest problem. There's nowhere to go."


    The BBC's Jon Kay tweets: "Environment Agency says Gloucester has 'dodged a bullet' this high tide. But tonight may still be dodgy."

    Sandbags at the foot of a door
    11:12: Ian Fergusson Weather presenter, BBC Points West

    The heaviest phase of rain today is now spreading north East across Somerset and Dorset. Winds will increase markedly this afternoon into this evening.

    Gloucestershire travel 11:18:

    The A436 by Morrisons and Ashchurch Road in Tewkesbury has been re-opened by Gloucestershire Highways.

    A spokesman said the water levels are being monitored and urged people to take care and not to attempt to drive through floodwater.


    Press Association photographer Ben Birchall tweets: "The lack of wellies and water denote a good news story in Gloucester. Nobody else will report it. So I will!"

    Sandbags next to a door in Gloucester
    Somerset school closure 11:38:

    North Curry Church of England Primary School, on the edge of the Somerset Levels, is closed today because of the poor weather conditions.

    They made the decision after assessing the grounds and the routes into school this morning.

    Head teacher Mark Braund said: "We have made a decision to close the school based on health and safety. Yet again, it was not a decision taken lightly."

    Weather warning update 11:47:

    Met Office tweets: "UK weather warnings updated including an extension of the amber warning for strong winds tonight: http://bit.ly/Weatherwarnings."

    Dredging call 11:54:

    Bus driver Max Ayres, talking to the BBC's Chris Eakin, says he has been living on the levels for some 10 years.

    Bus driver Max Ayres (l)

    "I don't recall it every flooding because they dredged it [the rivers]. The last few years they've stopped it and we keep getting floods.

    "They're trying to save money but it's costing them more in the long term," he adds.


    Gloucestershire County Council tweets: "Gloucester Road in Tewkesbury is due to reopen in the next hour under temporary traffic lights #floodglos"

    Train travel 12:11:

    First Great Western have created a travel advice page to help customers plan their journey through the flooding disruption.


    Ali Bunney, 20, was found dead on Sunday in Gloucestershire after succumbing to the cold, his parents believe.

    Mr Bunney's brother Jefferson posted on Facebook: "It's still a shock and we're all still in disbelief, but whether you know him well or just know of him, I'm sure you all have at least some fluffy memory of Ali to keep."

    His mother Marissa told the Gloucester Citizen: "We can't believe what's happened."

    Help on hand 12:32:

    Chris Crowley, of the Severn Area Rescue Association (SARA), says they are offering range of services to people who are trapped.

    "We sandbagged to save a farm where they couldn't move the animals. We're taking oxygen and medicine to people who can't get out and we're evacuating but also taking in food parcels."

    Queen offers flood help 12:39:

    Buckingham Palace says the Queen has offered her support to the Somerset farmers affected by flooding on the Levels by agreeing to contribute feed and bedding for livestock from the royal farms at Windsor.


    Lorna Scott from Tewkesbury says she is worried about more rain coming.

    Tewkesbury flooding

    "It's normal to see this amount of flooding, but having been flooded in 2007 you do have the constant worry every year.

    "It (the water) is going to be here for a few months I imagine, by the time the water tables have lowered, so any amount of rain is just going to bring it back again."

    Horrible day ahead 12:59:

    The BBC's Chris Eakin reports from East Lyng.

    He says the storms are heading along the South West and then the South coasts.

    "The forecast is not for hurricane force but for storm force winds. There's one critical difference that this storm will bring more rain than two days ago.

    "For the likes of the Somerset Levels, that's very bad. It's a horrible day ahead."


    Travel Dorset tweets: "Westbound A35 Dorchester to Bridport is now CLOSED. Eastbound remains open at this time."

    Farmer's flood woes 13:17:

    Somerset farmer James Winsdale says his business has already been badly affected by the flooding.

    "Its going to take two to three months to get this water off of our farm because its six foot deep through my house - my parent's house - my workman's cottage.

    "Then we've got major repairs to be done - we're not going to have any food for the cattle going into next winter," he added.

    Bournemouth flooding 13:25:

    Travel Dorset is reporting the closure of A338 Wessex Way northbound due to emergency repairs to a lamp post, between A3049 Richmond Park Road (Springbourne Roundabout) and the A3060 Castle Lane West (Cooper Dean Roundabout).

    Weather latest 13:30:

    The latest on the flooding and weather will be on Points West and South Today on BBC one at 13:30.

    Points West will be getting the latest from Moorland in Somerset and how the poor weather may affect the half term getaway.

    Bournemouth flooding repairs 13:35:

    Travel Dorset tweets: "A338 Wessex Way back open now in both directions, following earlier emergency repairs."


    The Western Daily Press tweets: "We will be will be giving 10% of our takings on Monday to the #SomersetFloods fund."

    Salisbury flooding 13:52:

    Wiltshire Council says 250 properties in the centre of Salisbury will be sandbagged within the next hour because of what the Environment Agency says is a "low risk" of flooding, BBC Wiltshire reports.

    The Army and other emergency services will be involved. The problems have been caused by the rising level of the River Nadder.

    Bournemouth flooding 13:57:
    Flooding at Bournemouth Central Gardens

    "Incredible flooding in Bournemouth Central gardens water still flowing fast with nowhere to go," according to a tweet by Louise, who posted this picture.


    The Highways Agency tweets: "#A303 eastbound access from the A36 at Depford #Wiltshire has been closed by the police due to flooding."

    Dorset flooding 14:11:

    Several roads are closed, blocked or affected by flooding in the county, including B3159 at Monkeys Jump Road, Travel Dorset reporting.

    Storm warning 14:19:

    Solent Coastguard has told the BBC it is expecting a "violent storm" later, possibly force 11.

    Military activity 14:25:

    A Ministry of Defence spokesman said personnel from the Army, Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force are continuing to provide flood relief.

    Royal Marines from 40 Commando are on the Somerset Levels moving and filling sandbags, relocating pumps and helping residents salvaging furniture from their homes.

    Marines on the Somerset Levels

    In the Alney Island area of Gloucester marines from the same unit have also been building flood defences.

    Dorset flooding 14:33:

    Julie Dorrington tweets: "Corfe Castle practically impassable now due to flooding...."

    Safe water 14:40:

    Severn Trent Water have said they did not expect - nor do they expect - the flood water to breach the barriers at the Mythe treatment works in Tewkesbury.

    The company has invested £38m since 2007 to install new water pipelines, pumping stations and install permanent flood defences to help protect Gloucestershire's water supply.

    "We're not anticipating the works flood defences being compromised based upon current peak flood level predictions provided by the Environment Agency," a spokeswoman said.

    Dorset castle closed 14:46:
    Flooding in Corfe Castle

    Corfe Castle has been closed due to flooding on the main road in the village near Castle View. "Best avoided," according to a tweet from National Trust Purbeck.

    M5 accident 14:52:

    The Highways Agency tweets: "#M5 northbound between J27 and J26 | Accident http://bit.ly/pbfkQn"

    The agency is advising one lane has been closed and for motorists to expect a 10 minute delay.

    Seal spotted 15:02:

    Rowena Barr, from Lower Lydbrook in the Forest of Dean, has e-mailed the BBC this photo of a seal that arrived today in their brook which joins the River Wye.

    She said they think he was resting from the fast flowing river and being 14 February have called him Valentino and fed him sardines.

    Seal in a brook which joins the River Wye
    Dorset school buses 15:09:

    Damory Coaches tweets: "Schools closed b/c of flooding, no coaches operating to: B'windsor Primary, W'bourne Valley 1st Schl, Thorners Schl, Beaminster Tech College."

    Bournemouth flooding 15:15:
    Flooding at the Winston Road and West Way junction in Bournemouth

    Flood water causing problems at the Winston Road and West Way junction. Bournemouth Borough Council has tweeted its highways team is on site.

    Dorset buses 15:19:

    First Dorset reporting "heavy" disruptions on its bus services including the 31 and X53.


    Bradford-on-Avon Bridge Watch tweets: "River about same as this morning so bridge & town fine."

    River Avon in Bradford on Avon
    Purbeck flooding 15:28:

    Purbeck Police tweet: "East Burton Road, Wool towards Moreton currently being closed due to deep flood water, the road is not passable. Please take care."

    Dorset travel news 15:36:

    Purbeck Police tweets: "Bakers arms roundabout flooded. In process of being closed, please find alternative route."

    Bakers Arms Roundabout

    Picture tweeted by Sally Northeast.

    Haulier delivery 15:43:

    A Cambridgeshire haulier has told the BBC they are "stepping up to the plate" to help flood hit Somerset farms.

    Fenland Farmers is donating 29 tonnes of sugar beet to help feed livestock on the Somerset Levels and now D&J Transport has volunteered to make the 400 mile round trip on Saturday.

    Marriane Tibbet said they were happy to pay the hundreds of pounds it would cost in fuel and hope it will kick-start a "more strategic medium and long-term response".

    Bristol travel 15:50:

    Some disruption expected after an accident on the M32 inbound in Bristol between Junction 2 for Eastville and Junction 3 for St Pauls.

    Severe flood warning 15:56:

    The Environment Agency has issued a severe flood warning for low lying and exposed communities between Exmouth and Lyme Regis.

    Flights diverted 16:04:

    Some flights into Bristol Airport have been diverted due to the bad weather.

    A message posted on the airport's website says: "Strong winds may cause disruption to some flights today. Please drive carefully and check with your airline or our Arrivals & Departures board for more details."

    Tree twisted with power cables 16:07:

    BBC Wiltshire tweets: Tree down twisted with power cables in #Collingbourne Ducis blocking A338. Traffic having to find alternative route.

    Tree down twisted with power cables in Collingbourne Ducis
    Gloucester flooding 16:12:

    The Environment Agency says there are a number of road closures in place in Gloucester.

    "The [water] levels stayed high overnight but the levels remain well below 2007 - in fact almost 80cm (32in) below."

    Travel news for Somerset 16:13:

    The A361 is closed between Burrowbridge and East Lyng. This is affecting traffic travelling between Street and Taunton.

    And flooding on the A372 between Wagg Drove and Tengore Lane is causing problems for motorists travelling between Huish and Long Sutton.

    The A372 is also closed at Othery because of flooding on the road.

    Glimmer of hope 16:19:

    Weather forecasters believe the worst of the storms sweeping south-west England may be over.

    But severe flood warnings remain in place in parts of Gloucestershire, Somerset, Berkshire and Surrey and thousands of homes are without power.

    Gloucester flooding 16:20:

    The water levels around properties in Alney Island are still some 10cm (4in) below the flood defence walls.

    Flood water
    Tax helpline 16:24:

    HM Revenue and Customs has opened a new telephone helpline for anyone affected by the recent floods in the South and West of England.

    The number to call is 0800 904 7900 and lines are open from 08:00-20:00 weekdays and 08:00-16:00 at the weekend.

    'May need a boat' 16:26:

    Luke Greaz, who lives on the Malvern Hills, tweets: May need a boat to get home from Gloucestershire today. #CommuteProblems

    'Report 4x4s without logo' 16:29:

    Avon and Somerset Police in Taunton tweets: All accredited voluntary agencies will display the SEVAG logo when driving around the Somerset Levels #somersetfoods

    SEVAG logo

    It is urging people who live on the Somerset Levels who see a 4x4 they do not recognise without a SEVAG logo, to report it.

    Flood volunteers 16:32:

    Flood Volunteers tweets: "It's working! 32 #floodVolunteers helping in Moorland, Somerset and Chertsey, Surrey tomorrow. Well done #floodheroes."

    Severe flood warnings 16:38:

    The Environment Agency has issued the following severe flood warnings in the past two hours:

    • Christchurch Harbour, including Mudeford, Stanpit, the Quomps and Wick areas
    • Chiswell, including Brandy Row, Pebble Lane, Victoria Road up to the junction with Queens Road, the car park and the Depot
    • South Devon coast from Start Point to Dawlish Warren
    • South Devon coast from Exmouth to Lyme Regis
    Wind 'rocks cars' 16:43:

    The BBC's Chris Kelly says the wind in north Bristol is currently strong enough to rock cars.

    "It is hugely windy. There are lots of crosswinds on the M5 near Cribbs Causeway and I'm now sitting in the car in Bradley Stoke, which is literally rocking in the wind," he added.

    River levels rising 16:46:

    The Environment Agency says river levels are rising in Somerset as a result of today's rain.

    The water levels on the Levels and Moors are stable, but expected to rise.

    The agency now has four of the high capacity Dutch pumps taking water from King's Sedgemoor Drain into the River Parrett at Dunball.

    Dorset floods warning 16:48:

    Dorset Fire and Rescue tweets: With our timeline filling up with more and more #dorset flood pics, 2 word of advice about driving in floodwater, "please don't".

    Tewkesbury flooding 16:53:

    Adam Richardson, from Tewkesbury, took the day off work because he is worried about the flood levels.

    Tewkesbury flooding

    "Our house flooded in 2007 and we're worried that it may come up again. We just wanted to be at home to make sure the kids will be alright, and our vehicles and possessions will be alright.

    "I think we should think about moving up to higher ground because its every year that it's getting a bit concerning."

    Seal spotted 16:54:

    Here's an image of Valentino the seal, who has been seen on the River Wye near Lower Lydbrook, resting from the floods.

    Seal spotted in Lower Lydbrook
    Bournemouth tree fall 16:57:

    Bournemouth Council tweets: 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

    Dorset travel news 17:03:

    Travel Dorset is reporting the reopening of the A35 westbound, which was shut earlier because of flooding between the A37 and B3150 at Monkeys Jump Roundabout and the A3066 at Southgate Roundabout.

    Coastguard warning 17:06:

    Maritime and Coastguard Agency tweets: This is what we wear when we go in the water. Don't take risks. #999

    MCA warning
    Levels 20-year action plan 17:11:

    Councils in Somerset are urging flooded residents to give their views on a plan that will guide water and land management policies, and investment on Somerset's Levels and Moors, for the next 20 years.

    Sedgemoor District Council says all views are important. The deadline is 21 February.

    Thousands help in relief effort 17:13:

    More than 2,000 servicemen and women across the country have been helping in the flood relief effort, with thousands more at a state of high readiness to assist if requested, the MoD says.

    Christchurch flood defences 17:18:

    Christchurch Council says it will visit Conifer Close again to investigate whether further defences are needed to protect residents' homes.

    It follows a visit to the site, which was flooded at Christmas, by ward councillor Sue Spittle.

    She says: "Although river levels are currently much lower than they were at Christmas, as a gesture of goodwill we will be reimbursing [people] for the emergency prevention measures they have put in place themselves."

    Trains disrupted 17:22:

    Several disruptions are reported on South West Trains, with delays of up to 60 minutes on some services.

    Trampoline in tree 17:23:


    Trampoline in tree
    Weymouth flood warning 17:29:

    The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmoor, Weymouth.

    Weather round-up 17:30: Ian Fergusson Weather presenter, BBC Points West

    It has been gusting to 66mph at Yeovilton and elsewhere into south Somerset. An unofficial station at Cucklington, near Wincanton, just recorded 69mph.

    Gusts may touch 70mph in these southern areas especially. Reports via Twitter suggests trees being uprooted in places (e.g. Blagdon).

    Further north into Gloucestershire it is likely to see speeds of 50mph, but only in exposure. Southern-central Wiltshire is likely to see gusts up to 60mph.

    Train travel update 17:34:

    South West Trains tweets: #StormSWT The line at Sway is now opened in both directions, but a speed restriction is in place.

    Packing sandbags 17:36:

    In Gloucestershire, 160 troops from Wiltshire-based 43 (Wessex) Brigade have been at Imjin Barracks in Innsworth to pack 20,000 sandbags for distribution to affected residents in Tewkesbury.

    A delivery of 250 tonnes of sand and 20,000 empty sandbags arrived at the base this morning and the soldiers will be in Tewkesbury using the sandbags to protect homes from the rising river levels.

    Flood plain 17:38:

    The BBC's Phil Mackie tweets: "#Tewkesbury #flood plain. In 07 the road was flooded too."

    Tewkesbury flood plain
    Travel news for Dorset 17:41:

    Travel Dorset has given advanced warning of the possible closure of the A354 Portland Beach Road, between Dumbarton Road and Queens Road, from 18:00 until 06:00 tomorrow morning because of expected "bad weather".

    Latest flood warnings 17:44:

    There are currently 48 flood warnings in the South West. The following have been issued in the past hour:

    • Lower Stour from Sturminster Marshall to Christchurch
    • Lower Stour at Redhill and Wheatplot home sites
    • Preston Beach, Weymouth
    • Doniford Stream at Swill Bridge
    Bournemouth reports 17:50:

    Bournemouth Borough Council tweets: Staff are on standby all weekend to attend to any incidents for any reports of flooding or fallen trees call 01202 451451.

    Flooding in numbers 17:53:

    BBC Points West Home Affairs Correspondent Steve Brodie has been out with Gold Command in Somerset. Here he sums up flooding on the Levels in numbers:

    • 65 square miles affected
    • 97 properties affected
    • 100 people forced out of their homes
    Esplanade closure 17:56:

    Travel Dorset tweets: We are closing West Bay Esplanade, due to risks posed by the adverse weather.

    Supporting older people 17:58:

    The Gloucestershire Village and Community Agents are providing continuing support to older people across the county, making sure the most vulnerable are safe and well.

    Leader of Gloucestershire County Council, Mark Hawthorne, says: "Our teams are out all over the county responding to any emergency calls we get and clearing away free standing water where necessary."

    More flood warnings 18:01:

    Flood warnings have now been issued for Lower Stour at Iford Bridge Home Park, which was evacuated during floods last month, and Swanage Bay.

    Train disruption 18:07:

    Disruption reported on CrossCountry between Bournemouth and Reading and on South West Trains between Southampton Central and Weymouth, due to flooding at Sway.

    Sturminster Marshall flooding 18:09:

    Flooding on the A31 at Sturminster Marshall where "sandbags have been breached by flood water", according to a tweet from Travel Dorset.

    Corfe flooding footage 18:11:

    Brian Dorey has posted a video on YouTube of flooding at Corfe Castle.

    Flooding at Corfe Castle
    Stationary traffic 18:13:

    Travel Dorset tweets: "Reports of accident on A354 at Monkton Hill between Dorchester and Weymouth, and stationary traffic."

    Severe warning for Portland 18:15:

    A severe flood warning has been issued by the Environment Agency for Chiswell.

    The warning is for Brandy Row, Pebble Lane, Victoria Road up to the junction with Queens Road, the car park and the Depot in Chiswell, where instruction leaflets are now being distributed.

    "Don't wait for siren" 18:17:

    The Environment Agency said the warning for Portland would remain in place until 10:00 on Saturday.

    It added the forecast wind strengths are force 7, increasing to force 9 overnight.

    "Do not wait for the siren to sound if you intend to relocate from your property," the agency warned.

    Dorset severe delays 18:19:

    Travel Dorset tweets: SEVERE DELAYS continue on A35 and A351 towards Bakers Arms Roundabout due to its current closure.

    Dorset weather round-up 18:23: Alexis Green, weather presenter, BBC South

    Dorset was one of the wettest spots in the country today, recording 31mm (1.2 inches) of rain in 12 hours. 6am-6pm.

    Agency warning 18:27:

    Environment Agency South West tweets: If you're driving in areas affected by flooding, please steer clear of flood water. Just 30cm of water will float your car. #floodaware

    Bournemouth flooding 18:30:

    Dorset Traffic Police tweets: A dangerous street light has closed the A338 Wessex Way, in both directions between Springbourne and Cooper Dene

    Dorset trains 18:36:

    Travel Dorset tweets: "#dorsettrains NO TRAINS Bournemouth to Brockenhurst until further notice, due to flooding."

    Wind and rain warnings 18:40:

    The Met Office still has an amber warning for wind and a yellow warning for rain in place for the South West.

    Dorset 'floodfighters' 18:45:

    Dorset Fire Chief Darran Gunter tweets: "Putting extra fire/floodfighters at Portland tonight to deal with any coastal issues. All specialist rescue teams on standby across county."

    Latest developments 18:52:
    'Just passable' 18:56:

    The A35 is now "just passable" in both directions at the Bakers Arms roundabout, but blocked both ways near Long Bredy Hut Lane because of a fallen tree, Travel Dorset reports.

    Harbour warning 18:58:

    Bournemouth Borough Council says a severe flood warning for Christchurch Harbour, could affect properties in the Wick area of Bournemouth and may cause "further impact further up the River Stour including Iford".

    The authority's chief executive, Tony Williams, has urged residents to "take extra care and allow more time for travelling".

    19:00: Sue Paz BBC News

    Thanks for joining us, that's all the flood news, travel and weather updates from us for today. Find out the latest information on flooding across the country on the BBC News website.

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