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Dorset On Amber Alert


6:49am 6th January 2014
(Updated 9:06am 6th January 2014)

Dorset's been put on amber alert this morning by the Met Office.

There are warnings of strong winds, exceptionally high waves and more flooding - just as many of us head back to work and school.

A flood alert has been issued for Weymouth harbour - and a warning is in place for Preston Beach. Chiswell and West Bay Harbour.

Forecasters say there'll be heavy rain and winds of 70 miles per hour in western areas today.

At this time of adverse weather and severe flooding Dorset Police and partners issue the following strong advice:


  • Coastal areas are very dangerous at present – do not visit for sightseeing or to observe the waves
  • Tides and winds are very strong – do not paddle in the sea and or go out to sea unnecessarily
  • River currents are very strong and conditions surrounding the rivers are unstable – do not visit unnecessarily or attempt to go into the water
  • Do not ignore road closure signs


All areas are being closely monitored by the Environment Agency, Dorset Police and partners.

Occupants of properties at risk of flooding who have concerns or are unsure what to do should contact the Environment Agency on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk or call the emergency services on 999 if urgent.

Gale to severe gale force winds will be an added hazard, with the potential for very strong gusts in coastal areas.

Dorset Police and partners are reminding residents to prepare for the adverse weather and advice extreme care to be taken in coastal areas.

  • Do not go to the beach or cliffs to look at the weather
  • Do not carry out any water sports or make unnecessary trips out to sea
  • Do not go near the sea to walk or paddle in the waves
  • Do not ignore road closure signs

If living in an ‘at risk’ area monitor the Environment Agency website for flood warnings closely on 0845 988 1188, visit their website www.environment-agency.gov.uk.


In high winds Dorset Police advise motorists:

  • Not to travel unless you have to
  • Keep your distance from other vehicles
  • Keep your speed down – sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course
  • Leave extra time to get to your destination
  • Show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads
  • When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights.

In the event of flooding, drivers are advised to:

  • Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads
  • Give consideration to the depth of the water
  • Do not take any risks driving through flood waters
  • Drive through shallow water slowly and be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.

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