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Police put out warning as gales threaten West Dorset
2:09pm Friday 25th October 2013 in Bridport
SEVERE storms could hit Dorset on Monday as forecasters warn the area could be battered by winds up to 80mph.
The storm warning from the Met Office includes an amber warning for strong wind from the early hours of Monday morning with persistent, heavy rain potentially causing some surface water flooding.
They say this is likely to lead to 80mph winds carrying heavy rain and causing possible flooding.
Dorset Police is also advising communities to take care on the roads this weekend.
A spokesperson for he Met Office said: “A very intense low pressure system is forecast to run north-eastwards across the country early on Monday, bringing the potential for an exceptionally windy spell of weather for southern parts of the UK.
“At the same time, persistent, heavy rain could cause some surface water flooding.
“There is some continuing uncertainty in the timing, intensity and track of the low. However, the public should be prepared for the risk of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies.
“There is the potential for gusts of 60-80 mph quite widely and locally over 80 mph, especially on exposed coasts, both in south-westerly winds ahead of the low centre and west to north-westerly winds behind it.”
There were dramatic scenes across parts of Dorset on Tuesday night when thunderstorms swept across the county.
Dorset Police is reminding residents to take care on the roads in advance of the bad weather forecast for the weekend.
In severe high winds and heavy rain, motorists are advised: • Not to travel unless you have to • Keep your distance from other vehicles • Keep your speed down – sudden gusts of wind can blow you off course • Leave extra time to get to your destination • Show consideration for other motorists, especially when confronted with delays and/or blocked roads • When visibility is reduced switch on your headlights.
In the event of flooding, drivers are advised to: • Exercise caution when approaching standing water on the roads • Consideration should be given to the depth of the water • Do not take any risks driving through flood waters • If motorists decide to drive through shallow water, they are asked to do so slowly and to be aware of the effect of waves on other road users.
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