The roof has been ripped off an iconic kiosk as strong winds wreaked havoc in west Dorset.

Firefighters from Bridport were called to Margaret's kiosk at West Bay at 8am yestetday after the roof blew off.

Crews ensured there were no injuries and removed debris. They closed off the sea front in case any further part of the structure should fail.


Firefighters advised people to stay away from the coast due to the strong winds and high seas.

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

West Bay in the midst of the storm today Picture: BRIDPORT FIRE STATION

The Beaminster road (A3066) at Prout Hill was closed for several hours both ways  due to fallen tree between Twinways Lane, Melplash, and the B3163 Whitcombe Road in Beaminster. It caused delays and heavy traffic in Netherbury.

The same road was blocked further north between Swan Hill, Haselbury Plucknett, the and A356 at Misterton.

The road was cleared by the Dorset Council highways team at about 2.30pm.

The A35 was also blocked earlier between the A37 Monkey's Jump Roundabout and Winterbourne Abbas. This is now clear.

Gusts of up to 60mph were reported across the county.

Events cancelled

Bridport St Mary's park run was cancelled yesterday morning due to adverse weather conditions and a fallen tree. 

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

St Mary's parkrun was cancelled this morning Picture: JON LOMBARD/BRIDPORT ST MARY'S PARKRUN

The group said: "Sorry folks but runner’s safety is paramount . See you next week."

Charmouth's firework display was also cancelled, according to Charmouth Events.

Displays at Bridport Leisure Centre and Lyme Regis were due to go ahead - though the bonfire at the Lyme event was cancelled,

Bridport and Lyme Regis News:

Strong winds blow over beach hut at Charmouth Picture: PETE HACKETT

Weather warning

The Met Officeissued a yellow weather warning for strong winds between 4am and 6pm yesterday.

Residents have been told there could be a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris and buildings could also be damaged.

Travel Dorset have advised residents to report debris on the road, branches, or a fallen tree by calling Dorset Highways on 01305 221020.

If there is an emergency, call 999.