UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Brace yourself for Hurricane Bertha, says the Met Office as yellow weather warning is issued

Met Office picture of Hurricane Bertha making its way towards the UK

Met Office picture of Hurricane Bertha making its way towards the UK

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THE Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Dorset on Sunday - in case the county is hit by the remnants of Hurricane Bertha.

If it does, heavy rain and winds gusting up to 60mph could be the result.

That would mean potentially dangerous conditions and disruption to travel said Laura Young from the Met Office in Exeter.

High spring tides this weekend combined with the high winds could produce big waves, she added.

Rainfall could reach 50mm.

The Environment Agency has put out a low risk flood warning for the whole of England and Wales on Sunday.


Dorset County Council said those planning outdoor events this weekend should be prepared.
A spokesman said: “Low-lying campsites, car parks and caravan parks may be affected by the rain and outdoor events could suffer very muddy or even waterlogged conditions.
“Beaches and other coastal areas could also be hit by large waves and, if this happens, people should stay a safe distance from the shoreline.
“Motorists are also advised to take extra care while travelling, and should heed any road closure signs.”

The Met Office Warning says: "There is the risk of severe weather during Sunday as a depression tracks over, or close to, the UK.

"At this stage there is more than average uncertainty in the forecast, but the public should be aware of the risk of heavy rain, strong winds and large waves, sufficient to disrupt transport and make outdoor activities dangerous. This is a particularly volatile situation, and this warning is likely to be changed as the event approaches.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

"The remains of hurricane Bertha, over the western side of the Atlantic on Thursday morning, will come steadily towards the UK. The transition from a tropical to an extra-tropical feature is a particularly hard one to forecast with confidence, and computer models continue to differ in the location and intensity of the resulting depression, which is expected to pass over, or close to, the UK from early on Sunday.

"There is the potential for widespread rainfall totals of more than 50 mm and coastal gusts of over 60 mph, along with large waves. However, the system may pass harmlessly to the south of the country. or spread heavy rain even further north, and the public are advised to keep up to date with warnings."

“There's a good deal of uncertainty about Sunday at the moment, but things will be a little clearer by tomorrow,” said Ms Young.

“It largely depends on what happens to Bertha as she heads towards the UK.”

Saturday should start bright and sunny, with cloud later in the day and rain overnight into Sunday.

Next week looks unsettled.

The Met Office said the best advice was to watch the latest forecasts and take appropriate action.

“The good news is that if there is bad weather on Sunday, it will be over fairly quickly,” said Ms Young.

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11:51am Thu 7 Aug 14

Hessenford says...

Here we go again, another bloody coloured weather warning, how many more yellow, red or green alerts before they give up and just accept it might or might not rain, I'm sure when I wake up in the mornings I can keep myself safe whether its raining, windy or sunny, I don't need nanny to tell me to put a coat on because I may get wet, god know how we ever survived over the years without these incessant alerts, most of which are cobblers.
Here we go again, another bloody coloured weather warning, how many more yellow, red or green alerts before they give up and just accept it might or might not rain, I'm sure when I wake up in the mornings I can keep myself safe whether its raining, windy or sunny, I don't need nanny to tell me to put a coat on because I may get wet, god know how we ever survived over the years without these incessant alerts, most of which are cobblers. Hessenford
  • Score: 43

12:30pm Thu 7 Aug 14

chrisii1991 says...

well thats summer over with
well thats summer over with chrisii1991
  • Score: 5

12:36pm Thu 7 Aug 14

muscliffman says...

BREAKING NEWS - Tomorrow there may be weather!

I hope this yellow alert matches the glorious summer day we had during the last local yellow weather alert earlier in the week., and the one before that and..........

The serious problem here is now becoming clear, for what happens when a genuine threat to life and limb is blowing in - because nobody is going to take a blind bit of notice when these muppets issue an alert!
BREAKING NEWS - Tomorrow there may be weather! I hope this yellow alert matches the glorious summer day we had during the last local yellow weather alert earlier in the week., and the one before that and.......... The serious problem here is now becoming clear, for what happens when a genuine threat to life and limb is blowing in - because nobody is going to take a blind bit of notice when these muppets issue an alert! muscliffman
  • Score: 27

1:02pm Thu 7 Aug 14

trolley says...

Are these people employed by the daily express?there might or might not be some bad weather.
Are these people employed by the daily express?there might or might not be some bad weather. trolley
  • Score: 17

1:04pm Thu 7 Aug 14

P Barker says...

Any story with the word "brace" in it reminds me of the weather obcessed Daily Express - with their "worse xxx weather ever". Last weekend was supposidly one of the worst summer storms ever. But it stopped raining at 11am and was fine for the rest of the day !.
Any story with the word "brace" in it reminds me of the weather obcessed Daily Express - with their "worse xxx weather ever". Last weekend was supposidly one of the worst summer storms ever. But it stopped raining at 11am and was fine for the rest of the day !. P Barker
  • Score: 17

1:16pm Thu 7 Aug 14

GeorgeW64 says...

If it clears a few beach huts off the promenade again then bring it on.
If it clears a few beach huts off the promenade again then bring it on. GeorgeW64
  • Score: -4

2:02pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Understated says...

oh come on!!! its england!! we can deal with rain and wind. all we do is go to our local shop, say "it's horrible out there..." and get on with our daily lives, could be a shower, could be a hurricane.

snow on the other hand.....
oh come on!!! its england!! we can deal with rain and wind. all we do is go to our local shop, say "it's horrible out there..." and get on with our daily lives, could be a shower, could be a hurricane. snow on the other hand..... Understated
  • Score: 7

2:12pm Thu 7 Aug 14

on-the-sunny-side says...

take appropriate action says the met office. what will that be I wonder? should I wear a hat and wellies? stay indoors and batten down the hatches? or maybe I should carry on with my life and ignore all these threat to life weather forcasts?
take appropriate action says the met office. what will that be I wonder? should I wear a hat and wellies? stay indoors and batten down the hatches? or maybe I should carry on with my life and ignore all these threat to life weather forcasts? on-the-sunny-side
  • Score: 9

3:04pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Abkhazsoyuz says...

If and when the storm does arrive, the difference between an August storm and the ones we experienced last winter, is that the trees are now in full leaf, making the chances of at least some branches falling more likely, even though the roots at the moment are in dryer and more firmer soil.
If and when the storm does arrive, the difference between an August storm and the ones we experienced last winter, is that the trees are now in full leaf, making the chances of at least some branches falling more likely, even though the roots at the moment are in dryer and more firmer soil. Abkhazsoyuz
  • Score: 7

3:10pm Thu 7 Aug 14

FrDarryl says...

So hurry now and get those rainwater tanks ready for the 'day-louge', or you'll be doing the Bertha Butt Boogie like Mickey in Fantasia!
So hurry now and get those rainwater tanks ready for the 'day-louge', or you'll be doing the Bertha Butt Boogie like Mickey in Fantasia! FrDarryl
  • Score: -3

3:25pm Thu 7 Aug 14

speedy231278 says...

"At this stage there is more than average uncertainty in the forecast"

So, in other words, they're even more cluelessly guessing than normal. Sunscreen all round then. Or possibly armageddon. Or maybe neither.
"At this stage there is more than average uncertainty in the forecast" So, in other words, they're even more cluelessly guessing than normal. Sunscreen all round then. Or possibly armageddon. Or maybe neither. speedy231278
  • Score: 12

4:17pm Thu 7 Aug 14

hamworthygirl says...

Yawn
Yawn hamworthygirl
  • Score: 5

5:16pm Thu 7 Aug 14

canfordcherry says...

Oh no, what can the council do to ensure the 'travellers' are safe and protected at Baiter?
Surely it's their right to have protection under the human rights ruling??
Oh no, what can the council do to ensure the 'travellers' are safe and protected at Baiter? Surely it's their right to have protection under the human rights ruling?? canfordcherry
  • Score: 4

5:45pm Thu 7 Aug 14

trolley says...

I would thoroughly recommend stocking up on petrol and food just in case you cant get out to the shops for 2 hours.
I would thoroughly recommend stocking up on petrol and food just in case you cant get out to the shops for 2 hours. trolley
  • Score: 23

5:47pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Broomers2003 says...

At least this article isn't (quite!) as hyped-up as the ones Nathan Rao at the Express regularly spew out! Anyone who thinks this is exaggerated needs to read some of his!
At least this article isn't (quite!) as hyped-up as the ones Nathan Rao at the Express regularly spew out! Anyone who thinks this is exaggerated needs to read some of his! Broomers2003
  • Score: 4

6:32pm Thu 7 Aug 14

spooki says...

"the system may pass harmlessly to the south of the country. or spread heavy rain even further north". So....50/50 then? I'm SO glad we have these experts. I'll take an umbrella.
"the system may pass harmlessly to the south of the country. or spread heavy rain even further north". So....50/50 then? I'm SO glad we have these experts. I'll take an umbrella. spooki
  • Score: 2

8:29pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH says...

Abkhazsoyuz wrote:
If and when the storm does arrive, the difference between an August storm and the ones we experienced last winter, is that the trees are now in full leaf, making the chances of at least some branches falling more likely, even though the roots at the moment are in dryer and more firmer soil.
Actually vice versa. Greener trees are more flexible than dryer "snappy stick" branches, so less chance in my book.
[quote][p][bold]Abkhazsoyuz[/bold] wrote: If and when the storm does arrive, the difference between an August storm and the ones we experienced last winter, is that the trees are now in full leaf, making the chances of at least some branches falling more likely, even though the roots at the moment are in dryer and more firmer soil.[/p][/quote]Actually vice versa. Greener trees are more flexible than dryer "snappy stick" branches, so less chance in my book. ILOVEBOURNEMOUTH
  • Score: 0

10:08pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Witch Hazel says...

Whilst reading all the comments it does give one a chuckle or two lol... all I hope is the Somerset Levels miss it - well I'm lucky I dont live there! oh and dont forget to get the food in lol
Whilst reading all the comments it does give one a chuckle or two lol... all I hope is the Somerset Levels miss it - well I'm lucky I dont live there! oh and dont forget to get the food in lol Witch Hazel
  • Score: 0

11:37pm Thu 7 Aug 14

ufknwotm8 says...

this is all i have to say - http://memegenerator
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this is all i have to say - http://memegenerator .net/instance/533947 47 ufknwotm8
  • Score: -3

6:07am Fri 8 Aug 14

alasdair1967 says...

Well when are we due to get this august heatwave that we where all warned about with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees f ?
Well when are we due to get this august heatwave that we where all warned about with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees f ? alasdair1967
  • Score: 2

10:24am Fri 8 Aug 14

Harpenter says...

Maybe the media could publish 'The boy who cried wolf' if they're short on material !!
Maybe the media could publish 'The boy who cried wolf' if they're short on material !! Harpenter
  • Score: 2

1:30pm Fri 8 Aug 14

whataboutthat says...

I'm braced.
I'm braced. whataboutthat
  • Score: 4

4:36pm Fri 8 Aug 14

westbaywonder says...

whataboutthat wrote:
I'm braced.
Braced here too, along with Sigurd who is also braced.
We are that scared that we have built an ark! LOL
If it rains, it rains,what can you do and who cares anyway!
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: I'm braced.[/p][/quote]Braced here too, along with Sigurd who is also braced. We are that scared that we have built an ark! LOL If it rains, it rains,what can you do and who cares anyway! westbaywonder
  • Score: 4

4:46pm Fri 8 Aug 14

on-the-sunny-side says...

trolley wrote:
I would thoroughly recommend stocking up on petrol and food just in case you cant get out to the shops for 2 hours.
ive got a spare pizza in the freezer. hopefully that will get me through this "ordeal"
[quote][p][bold]trolley[/bold] wrote: I would thoroughly recommend stocking up on petrol and food just in case you cant get out to the shops for 2 hours.[/p][/quote]ive got a spare pizza in the freezer. hopefully that will get me through this "ordeal" on-the-sunny-side
  • Score: 5

5:58pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Zummerzet Lad says...

Where's Michael Fish when you need him?
Where's Michael Fish when you need him? Zummerzet Lad
  • Score: 0

6:00pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Old Colonial says...

This is August for heavens sake! Storms happen in August and always have done. The difference being that in the past crops could be ruined, and whole communities starve through the winter. Makes 'driving carefully' and cancelling a BBQ or two pretty minor.
This is August for heavens sake! Storms happen in August and always have done. The difference being that in the past crops could be ruined, and whole communities starve through the winter. Makes 'driving carefully' and cancelling a BBQ or two pretty minor. Old Colonial
  • Score: 1

6:13pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Gingertree says...

I best pop to asda and buy 500 loaves of bread 30 trolley fulls of tinned and dried goods 1500 candles Or I could open the curtains say Its a tad wet and windy out I think I'll use the tumble dryer instead of the washing line Then make a cuppa grab a couple of biscuits and read the newspaper
I best pop to asda and buy 500 loaves of bread 30 trolley fulls of tinned and dried goods 1500 candles Or I could open the curtains say Its a tad wet and windy out I think I'll use the tumble dryer instead of the washing line Then make a cuppa grab a couple of biscuits and read the newspaper Gingertree
  • Score: 4

7:48am Sat 9 Aug 14

vegit8 says...

Broomers2003 wrote:
At least this article isn't (quite!) as hyped-up as the ones Nathan Rao at the Express regularly spew out! Anyone who thinks this is exaggerated needs to read some of his!
That particular numpty has left the Express, so perhaps we will be spared his rhetoric from now on... Mind you on his personal website he trumpets the fact that one headline was the most read headline ever in a 24hr period.
Maybe that's just another of his rumours
[quote][p][bold]Broomers2003[/bold] wrote: At least this article isn't (quite!) as hyped-up as the ones Nathan Rao at the Express regularly spew out! Anyone who thinks this is exaggerated needs to read some of his![/p][/quote]That particular numpty has left the Express, so perhaps we will be spared his rhetoric from now on... Mind you on his personal website he trumpets the fact that one headline was the most read headline ever in a 24hr period. Maybe that's just another of his rumours vegit8
  • Score: 0

1:57pm Sat 9 Aug 14

P Barker says...

vegit8 wrote:
Broomers2003 wrote:
At least this article isn't (quite!) as hyped-up as the ones Nathan Rao at the Express regularly spew out! Anyone who thinks this is exaggerated needs to read some of his!
That particular numpty has left the Express, so perhaps we will be spared his rhetoric from now on... Mind you on his personal website he trumpets the fact that one headline was the most read headline ever in a 24hr period.
Maybe that's just another of his rumours
Oh no he hasn't ! - headline today (Saturday) "Beware Storms Mayhem - Met Office Issue Severe Weather Warning" - written by Mr Rao. Sadly he hasn't gone, and in a few weeks it will be "Worst Winter Ever On The Way - coldest for 200 years" ! . Just like last year and he was completely wrong !
[quote][p][bold]vegit8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broomers2003[/bold] wrote: At least this article isn't (quite!) as hyped-up as the ones Nathan Rao at the Express regularly spew out! Anyone who thinks this is exaggerated needs to read some of his![/p][/quote]That particular numpty has left the Express, so perhaps we will be spared his rhetoric from now on... Mind you on his personal website he trumpets the fact that one headline was the most read headline ever in a 24hr period. Maybe that's just another of his rumours[/p][/quote]Oh no he hasn't ! - headline today (Saturday) "Beware Storms Mayhem - Met Office Issue Severe Weather Warning" - written by Mr Rao. Sadly he hasn't gone, and in a few weeks it will be "Worst Winter Ever On The Way - coldest for 200 years" ! . Just like last year and he was completely wrong ! P Barker
  • Score: 0

11:29pm Sat 9 Aug 14

old buffer says...

Hmm...Bertha-she sounds like a girl not to be trifled with. Sou'westers and wellies at the ready!
Hmm...Bertha-she sounds like a girl not to be trifled with. Sou'westers and wellies at the ready! old buffer
  • Score: 0

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