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Storm Wreaks Havoc Across Dorset

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1:30am 28th October 2013
(Updated 4:07pm 28th October 2013)

Dorset's reeling from gusts of more than 90 miles an hour and heavy rain overnight.

Trees are down in many places, including the main A354 Dorchester to Weymouth road, blocking the road at the peak rush hour time. an embankment has also partially collapsed adding to traffic chaos, with vehicles jamming narrow alternative routes between the towns.

Incidents have been reported inland as well as along the coast, though flood warnings were in place for Chiswell, West Bay and Lyme Regis.

Listeners have innundated Wessex FM with information about incidents, helping to keep the county on the move.

There's flooding in many places and power cuts in the far west of the county.

Public transport's been badly hit with amended timetables for trains and buses, and no Condor ferries sailings. Early morning trains on the Weymouth to Waterloo line were cancelled, the earliest leaving just after 8am.

The worst of the weather is now over, now the clean up is underway.

Dorset Fire and Rescue Deputy Area Commander Craig Baker told Wessex FM his staff have attended many incidents, while Dorset police chief Inspector Tracy Baker said conditions were so trecherous overnight that people should ask themselves whether they really needed to set out in such conditions.

Stay listening to Wessex FM for the latest information on road closures and transport issues.

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