'Risk to life': Dorset braced for strong winds & flooding

'Risk to life': Dorset braced for strong winds & flooding

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:30am 1st November 2019. (Updated at 11:56am 2nd November 2019)

A weather warning has been issued for strong winds and flooding across Dorset.

There are flood warnings for Lyme Regis, West Bay and Preston Beach.

The highways team from Dorset Council will be monitoring Preston during the morning and may need to close the road if there’s a danger from flying pebbles and spray.

Although flooding at Chesil is unlikely both the Environment Agency and the council will watch to see if this changes.

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The forecast for winds on the coast is from gale force eight up to severe gale force nine or ten. The wind will reach gusts of 60-75mph.

Dorset Council are asking people to stay away from exposed cliffs.

Cllr Ray Bryan, Dorset Council portfolio holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said:

“We want residents and visitors to stay safe and well.

"With winds this strong there is a possibility of risk to life along the coast.”

Public transport is likely to be affected:

We're being advised that there may be some travel disruption and with trees still in leaf there is a possibility of blocked roads and rail lines. Tress may also take down power lines in places.

The weather warning is in place until 4pm on Saturday.

Sunday will be less wet and blustery. 

Any events planned for the weekend may have to be postponed due to the weather. So, check with organisers before you travel.