Dorset

'Dangerous conditions' in Dorset as storm hits

  • 23 December 2013
  • From the section Dorset
Storm at Stair Hole
Storms have battered the Dorset coastline

Strong winds and heavy rain are leading to "dangerous conditions" along the Dorset coast, the Environment Agency has warned.

It issued a severe flood warning for the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmoor, Weymouth.

Elsewhere the weather has also caused disruption to transport with fallen trees affecting roads and railway lines.

Wind speeds were recorded at up to 64mph in Portland.

The Environment Agency said: "There may be significant spray and shingle overtopping affecting the Preston Road.

"The public are also advised to avoid the Preston Beach area on foot as conditions are extremely dangerous and will remain so overnight."

Rangers on the Lulworth estate said a landslip had occurred near Durdle Door, although the coastal path did not appear to have been damaged.

About 600 homes are without power in rural areas around Poole.

Duncan MacDonald, of Southern Electric, said: "Access for our engineers can be difficult with trees coming down on roads."

A tree on the line at Christchurch caused delays to South West Trains' services.

East Street in Bridport was closed because of a fallen power cable.

Lifting of both Poole Bridge and the Twin Sails Bridge was temporarily suspended, although they remained open to traffic and pedestrians.

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