Storm Imogen leaves homes without power in Dorset

The Cobb in Lyme Regis Image copyright SiEmmett photography
Image caption Si Emmett captured this image of people walking on The Cobb at Lyme Regis

Hundreds of homes have been left without power as Storm Imogen brings heavy rain and high winds to Dorset.

About 130 homes in Corfe Castle were cut off overnight, but Southern Electric said it had reconnected most of those affected.

More than 200 properties have since been affected in Bournemouth, Lytchett Matravers, Abbotsbury and Osmington.

Flood warnings are in place for a number of areas, including the Upper Frome in Maiden Newton.

Ferries and rail services are also disrupted.

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Media captionFlooding in Wimborne and choppy conditions at Sandbanks

Flooding and temporary traffic lights on the A35 in Dorchester are causing disruption between the football ground roundabout and the junction with the A352.

West Stafford bypass is shut due to flooding.

Madeira Road in Bournemouth has also been closed in both directions between the Trinity Road junction and the Stafford Road junction after high winds damaged the roof of Bournemouth central police station.

Fallen trees also affected routes including Valley Road in Blandford Forum, Rectory Lane in Puncknowle and the A35 in Bridport close to the B3159.

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Image caption Mark Gibbens captured this image of flooding in Frampton
Image caption Early morning surfers braved the elements in Bournemouth

Sammy Polley, from Portland, said: "The causeway last night was treacherous.

"The waves blew the bus doors open and we couldn't see out of the windows for rain and sea spray."

Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said crews had attended flood-related incidents in Maiden Newton, Beaminster, Weymouth, Sturminster Newton and Dorchester.

Choppy conditions mean water is also coming over the sea wall at Shore Road in Sandbanks, Poole.

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Image caption Sammy Polley photographed the rough sea at Chiswell on Portland
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Image caption Early morning scenes as Storm Imogen lashed Chesil Beach close to the Cove Inn at Chiswell

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" wind warning across the South West, as well as yellow "be aware" warnings for rain and wind.

Other travel problems in Dorset:

  • In West Milton, Bridport Road is closed due to a landslip between Larcombe Lane and Waddon Way
  • Cumberland Drive in Weymouth is closed due to a loose canopy at the Esso garage
  • Ferry services from operators including P&O and Brittany are cancelled and delayed
  • Sandbanks ferry services are currently suspended due to high winds
  • Great Western Railway said its trains will run at reduced speed, and services across the network "may be delayed or revised".
Image caption Water lapping the footpath at Christchurch Harbour


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