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Storms continue to batter Dorset


8:49am 15th February 2014
(Updated 8:51am 15th February 2014)

It's been a dramatic night across Dorset as more storms battered the county.

Portland was cut off at one stage after 80 mile an hour winds off the coast and reported 30 foot waves prevented even emergency services getting on and off the island with the Causeway under more than four feet of water at one stage.

There are reports this morning the road is under water again.

Flood warning sirens sounded at Chiswell.

A rest centre was opened at Weymouth College for stranded motorists unable to get to the island, and at the Crown Inn and Colfox School at Bridport where parts of West Bay were evacuated.

The strong winds also brought down power cables in some places.

Severe flood warnings remain in place along the Dorset coast

More heavy rain and strong winds are forecast for this afternoon (Saturday 15th February).

When the storms were at their height yesterday the Environment Agency issued a warning of a danger to life.

The rain didn't let up all day, flooding roads and the gale force winds brought trees down across the county.

Any respite is short lived with more heavy rain rolling in for South and West Dorset this afternoon.

The authorities are warning people venturing out to make a journey, to approach flood water with extreme caution.

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