Storm Ciara: Dorset due more floods

Storm Ciara: Dorset due more floods

Published by George Sharpe at 4:08pm 10th February 2020. (Updated at 9:42am 11th February 2020)

A strong bout of wind and rain is due to bring more floods to parts of Dorset.

Storm Ciara is expected to blow sea spray over the top of defences on Preston Beach, along with shingle from the beach with strong winds predicted later today. 

Strong winds yesterday led to a tree falling on a vehicle in Sandford.

The Environment Agency is updating its flood warnings, which have been in effect this weekend. Flooding is expected 2 hours before and after high tide today and tomorrow (20:15 today, 08:15 tomorrow).

"We believe there is a possibility of flooding for The Sea Life Centre and the Preston Beach Road area of Lodmoor. We are closely monitoring the situation. Our incident response staff are checking defences and liaising with emergency services.

"Please be careful along beaches, promenades and coastal footpaths and roads as large waves could be dangerous.


"This message will be updated if the situation changes."

They're encouraging people in the area around Preston Beach to take immediate action in preparation of floods. 

Rough map of the areas affected by flood warnings/ alerts.

What should I do to prepare?

If you're in an area affected by a flood alert, ESA say you should:

  • turn off gas, water and electricity
  • move things upstairs or to safety
  • move family, pets and car to safety

You can find a full map and advice on the ESA website.

Weather today

The Met Office is still warning about strong winds today. There's some patches of sunshine and rain with highs up to 6 degrees.

Cloudy overnight with heavy rain on the way later. 

For more weather updates, go to Wessex FM Weather.