When news happens send us your pictures, video and views. Text BE to 80360 or contact us by email
Flood warning as rain set to hit Dorset tonight
4:34pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Latest
DORSET is on flood alert after a warning about the risk of heavy rain was put in place for tonight and tomorrow morning.
The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for rain.
This weekend has seen strong winds batter the coastline, with some fireworks events in West Dorset called off as a result.
Portland Coastguard urged people to keep out of the water and away from the shoreline whilst the weather is rough.
It follows sea rescues in West Dorset last week as Storm St Jude battered the county.
Echo reader Ed Capp, who went out to look at the sea at Abbotsbury yesterday afternoon, said people were being 'foolhardy' by venturing beyond the shore.
He said: “The sea was extremely rough and that area is very steep-stepped.
“If you get pulled down a step, you are lost.”
He said he was on the beach for around 20 minutes when he saw two incidents of people venturing towards the sea and getting soaked.
He added: “I think people are being a bit foolhardy.
“It's a very treacherous area.
“The sea is beautiful to watch, but very dangerous.”
Just a week ago Storm St Jude wreaked havoc with trees uprooted closing off busy Dorset roads, flooding and power cut off to homes across the county.
Although the weather is not as severe, residents are still urged to be mindful of the hazards.
Bridport's fireworks were cancelled at the weekend because of the risk posed by gusts of up to 45mph.
They were supposed to take place at Bridport Leisure Centre, but organisers believed it could have posed a fire risk.
Bridport Round Table secretary Andy Sherring said: “We had to call it because of the forecast.
“Winds were up to around 45mph and it was the safest thing to do.
“It will go ahead next Saturday instead, exactly the same time and place.”
Charmouth's Bonfire on the Beach was also cancelled because of the weather.
Organisers said they hoped to hold the event at the same time this Saturday.
The outlook for the rest of this week is for rain, the Met Office has predicted.
West Dorset can expect to see a spell of wet and windy weather on Tuesday, followed by more rain on Wednesday and breezy conditions with showers on Thursday.
Comments are closed on this article.