Floods are expected to hit West Dorset as heavy rain has caused river levels to rise. 

It comes after the Environment Agency warned of a large tidal surge today. 

River levels have risen at the Burton Bradstock river gauge as a result of heavy rainfall. Consequently, flooding of roads and farmland is possible, and there is a possibility of flooding for Rivers Lim, Char, Winniford, Simene, Brit, Asker, Mangerton and Bride.

Yesterday, the Environment Agency warned a large tidal surge would impact West Bay as a result of high spring tides and strong winds.

Residents were warned to be prepared for flooding to roads and farmland, and that West Bay harbour and a tidal stretch of the River Brit would be vulnerable. 

A spokesman for the agency said: "Please stay aware in case further warnings are issued and stay away from large waves as they are dangerous."

A flood warning was issued for Lyme Regis yesterday afternoon and remains in place today.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for heavy rain across Dorset.

Forecasters say much of the south west, including Dorset, can expect heavy downpours.

There is a chance of flooding in Lyme Regis, Charmouth, Seaton, West Bay, Bothenhampton, Burton Freshwater, Burton Bradstock, Cogdean Beach, Chesil Beach, West Fleet, East Fleet, Chiswell and Portland Harbour.

The Met Office also says spray and flooding on roads could make journey times longer and bus and train services are likely to be affected.

It said that flooding of a few homes and businesses is also likely.

The warning follows another yellow weather warning that was issued last week.