LIVE: Severe weather warning issued for Dorset

LIVE: Severe weather warning issued for Dorset

Published by The Wessex FM News Team at 11:14am 23rd September 2019. (Updated at 11:55am 27th September 2019)

A Yellow warning for rain in Dorset is in place from 4am.

Widespread rain is expected on Tuesday with some very heavy rain possible, bringing some disruption from flooding.

Yellow warnings are issued when the weather is likely to cause disruption to travel or to some people’s daily routine.

What to expect

  • Homes and businesses could be flooded, causing damage to some buildings
  • Fast flowing or deep floodwater is possible, causing a danger to life and some communities may be cut off by flooded roads
  • Delays or cancellations to train and bus services are possible
  • Spray and flooding could lead to difficult driving conditions and some road closures
  • Possible power cuts and loss of other services to some homes and businesses

Spells of rain and heavy showers are expected to affect southern parts of England and Wales during Tuesday.

The heaviest rainfall is likely to be during the morning.

Around 20 to 40 mm of rain is expected to fall quite widely, with the potential for up to 70 mm in a few locations.

Much of the rain will fall in a relatively short space of time, typically less than 6 hours.

The location of the very heaviest rainfall is currently still somewhat uncertain.

Thunder and lightning is also possible along with strong gusty winds.


Well, it certainly looks as though the weather's cleared up.

A severe weather warning is still in effect although Dorset is no longer on the list.

That being said, the Met Office is still predicting heavy rain and thunder for the region tonight, so be cautious.


TRAVEL DORCHESTER: Slow traffic due to flooding on B3150 Bridport Road both ways from B3143 Kings Road to Hawthorne Road.


Flood Warning in force: Upper Frome at Maiden Newton.

Flooding is expected for: Dorchester Road and Frome Lane area of Maiden Newton.   

Immediate action required.

River levels have risen at the Maiden Newton river gauge as a result of  persistent heavy rainfall.

Consequently, flooding of property, roads and farmland is possible between 08:00  am and 06:00 pm today. 

The Environment Agency believe there is a possibility of flooding for Dorchester Road and Frome Lane area of Maiden Newton. They are closely monitoring the situation.   


Flood Warning in force: Upper Frome from Maiden Newton to Dorchester.

Flooding is expected for: Areas in Higher Frome Vauchurch, Frome Vauchurch, Cruxton, Notton, Frampton, Grimstone, Muckleford, Stratton, Bradford Peverell, Wrackleford, Charminster, Frome Whitfield, Wolfeton, Lower Burton and Cokers Frome.   

Immediate action required.


Flood Alert in force: Upper Frome and tributaries.

Flooding is possible for: Tributaries between Toller Whelme and Dorchester.

Be prepared.


TRAVEL NEWS: The A35 at Winterborne Abbas is now passable. 


TRAVEL NEWS: The A35 is partially blocked due to flooding between the B3159 at Winterborne Abbas and the A37 at Monkey's Jump. The advise is to approach with care.