Dorset battered by gale force winds - power cuts, road blocked, trees down, reduced South West Trains service

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  • Amber weather warning for wind across Dorset
  • Storm began Sunday night with heavy rain followed by gale force winds overnight
  • Number of trees and branches blocking roads in Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch
  • Many homes without power due to mass power cuts across Dorset
  • Storm not as severe as anticipated but aftermath causing problems across county

8:45pm

Southern Electric Power Distribution have just released this statement:

'Southern Electric Power Distribution (SEPD) engineers continue to restore power with around 80,000 homes back on supply and further work taking place to restore the remaining 30,000 homes.

While it is expected that the majority of customers will have power restored  later tonight, around 10,000 homes are expected to be without power overnight.

These homes are concentrated in areas where there have been multiple faults and every effort is being made to effect the necessary repairs.  A number of rural areas are affected including areas around the New Forest and Salisbury.  

Vulnerable customers are being called to give reassurance and to offer help.  If you have no electricity, please contact the team on 0800 072 7282 particularly if you are reporting network damage or know of a neighbour or friend who may need extra help.'

7:41pm

That is probably it for now but we will keep this live blog open as we continure to monitor the situation into Tuesday.

7:13pm

South West Trains have announced they plan to run a normal service on Tuesday.

A spokesman said nearly half of the more than 100 fallen trees which affected the UK rail network came down on tracks used by South West Trains services yesterday.

This meant very few trains ran between Bournemouth and Weymouth with no replacement bus services.

A section of one route from Eastleigh to Fareham will remain closed tomorrow due to a signal being damaged near Fareham after being hit by a tree and which requires significant repairs.

South West Trains and Network Rail thanked customers for their patience and for heeding advice not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

They also praised maintenance and engineering staff for working round the clock in difficult conditions to get trains moving again after the worst storm in many years.

A spokesman for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: "We are planning to run a normal service tomorrow after a huge effort by our maintenance and engineering teams over the past 48 hours.
 

“The south-west of the country has been one of the areas worst hit by the storm. Our teams have battled through high winds and heavy rain to clear the tracks and repair damage so the network is ready to run a full train service.

"The decision we took yesterday to wait until the worst of the storm had passed before running trains was absolutely right for our customers.
 

“The blockages all across our network from falling trees and other debris was the equivalent of having dozens of temporary roadworks all round the M25.
 

“We avoided trains being stuck for hours with passengers onboard, crews being displaced and other issues that would have prolonged disruption for customers

"While the worst of the storm is over and we are planning a full service tomorrow, we would still advise customers to check the latest information before they travel."

Customers with single or return tickets dated Monday October, 28 can use them on Tuesday, October 29.

5:36pm

Southern Electric engineers will be continuing to work into the night to restore electricity to thousands of customers.

But they have told us it is likely that some customers will remain without power overnight. 

Southern Electric Power Distribution engineers have restored power to around 44,000 homes across central southern England and anticipate restoring a further 56,000 homes by the end of the evening.

During the day, the number of faults has fluctuated as multiple faults have been found on high voltage and low voltage overhead lines, reaching a peak of around 110,000 customers at lunchtime.

Alan Broadbent, SSEPD’s Head of Engineering, said he is pleased with the team’s progress.

He said: “The majority of the High Voltage faults and a considerable number of Low Voltage faults have been visited and repaired already today.

"We continue to work on a significant numbers of affected circuits and expect to see considerable progress this evening.”

Over 1,100 Southern Electric engineers and support staff  have been working from the early hours of the morning and will be working late into the night to restore power to areas affected by the strong winds.  

These winds have uprooted and broken very large, mature trees with many falling on our wooden poles, against our equipment and breaking our electrical wires.

A spokesman said vulnerable customers are being contacted to offer them reassurance and help.

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Here's some video footage from earlier of the 120ft tree in Oakdale, which was blown down into three neighbouring gardens.

4:59pm

East Street in Corfe Castle is now clear following that fallen tree earlier this morning.

4:54pm

An update from that Dudsbury Road resident we mentioned earlier on regarding their power:
 

4:48pm

South West Trains have just told us they are only expecting to run a "very limited" number of trains between Weymouth and Bournemouth this evening and are still advising their customers not to travel.
 
Travellers have faced a very difficult day between the towns with no replacement bus services either.

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Hightown Hill remains closed off the A31 after two tress fell, taking down three electric pylons at 5am this morning.

Hampshire police said they have informed the electricity board and council workers to try and get the road, also known as Forest Lane, cleared.

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Here's some video from earlier of tree surgeons working on a tree in Cavdendish Road which crashed through the roof and ceiling of a house:

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We've been contacted by one resident who lives in Dudsbury Road in Ferndown and says they are still without power after it went off at 4am this morning
 

 

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We've added morepictures to our storm gallery.

Don't forget you can still send us your photos by emailing us at digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk or texting us at 80360, beginning your message with BE. Alternatively you can upload them by filling in the 'send your news' form.

3:41pm

We've been told there are actually four trees down at Hightown Hill and they've taken cables down with them
 

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3:28pm

Southern Electric customers still seem to be without power. If you're one of them let us know how you've been affected in the comments below.
 

3:20pm

Latest update from South West Trains -

"We are advising passengers not to travel today following hurricane-force winds and heavy rain across the south of the country.

"We have found in excess of 30 trees blocking lines across our network and most of these have now been cleared.

"We are now in a position to arrange a phased reintroduction of the train service to parts of our network that have been confirmed as clear of obstructions.

"There will still be many alterations and cancellations to services as we work to reintroduce the train service.
The lines that are currently closed are:

• Weymouth to Bournemouth
• Lymington to Brockenhurst

"On some routes where debris or trees are found to be blocking the line there may be no service until much later in the afternoon."

3:13pm

3:09pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Ms daisy says

Mangiafuoco wrote:
Not exactly hurricane Katrina was it!! Storm in a T cup if you ask me..
You would not be saying that if it was your house or car that a tree fell onto, over hyped maybe but I for one am glad to be warned.

3:10pm

A yacht sank on its moorings in Poole Harbour during the storm.

The 23ft Jaguar yacht, North Star, had been on Lilliput Sailing Club moorings.

Owner Andrew Holder told the Daily Echo he was contacted by the club, this morning, to inform him his yacht was no longer there.

“I spent the morning ringing around coastguard, police and harbour control trying to find out where she was,” said Mr Holder.

The 63 year old engineer from Mere, Wiltshire, added: “For all I knew she was adrift and on her way to France.”

But a short time later he took a call from another member of the yacht club. “I was told the good news was she was still attached to her moorings; the bad news was that she’d sunk.”

Mr Holder is now waiting to see if his £6,000 vessel can be salvaged.

“I don’t often get much further than the pub at Studland, it’s not exactly the southern oceans,” he joked.

“But we’ve had some good times on her.”

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Our traffic feed is reporting the traffic lights are still out at Blandford Road North due to a power failiure.

There are still a few weather-related incidents on the feed, you can see them all here

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1:44pm

It looks like the strongest wind speeds in Bournemouth was 74mph at 6am this morning.

This was recorded by the Met Office at the weather station at Hurn. 

1:26pm

Here's the story from Cavendish Road where a 70ft lime tree came crashing through the roof and ceiling of a house.

Natasha Rubins was at home in Cavendish Road in Bournemouth when the top of the tree came down in the storms and her parents came in to her room to check she was ok.

“I just woke up and saw a branch in the ceiling but I didn't realise what it was to be honest,” she said.

Her mum Elissa said the heavy rain started to seep through as they retreated to the other side of the house, unsure of how badly the roof was damaged by the lime tree.

“She's been in shock,” Mrs Rubins said.

“The branch came through her ceiling at 1.30am when my husband heard the shudder.

“We looked out of the window and saw the tree and quickly evacuated her room.
“It was a bit of a shock and we were panicking that the ceiling was going to come down.”

Mrs Rubins spoke to the fire service for advice and when they found it was safe to do so they emptied Natasha's room.

She said the damage would have been worse had they not had the tree pruned this summer.

And they had failed in a bid to get permission from the council to remove the tree.
“We wanted to take it down because it was too close to the house,” she added.

Tree surgeons are working on the tree to take the damaged section apart in stages.

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Picture from Elissa Rubins

1:18pm

Bournemouth Council have released the following statement 

Teams of staff across a number of Bournemouth Council departments have been at work throughout the night and this morning to respond to incidents and clean up the town following the severe weather overnight.
 

Parks officers, seafront rangers, refuse collectors, and streets services staff have all been exceptionally busy, clearing fallen trees, sweeping up leaves and other debris, to keep areas safe for residents, help traffic flow and surface water drain away.

Street services teams have attended to 15 fallen trees prioritising those that are blocking roads and trees appearing to hang or lean dangerously.

Crews have also been out clearing the promenade with sand drifting up to one metre caused by the strong winds.

The Undercliff Drive car park between Bournemouth and Boscombe Pier will be closed today because of drifting sand but the land train is running as normal between Alum Chine and Boscombe Pier.

Chief Executive, Tony Williams, said, “On behalf of the Council and town I would like to thank all those staff who have been out and about working in very difficult circumstances, making sure roads and pedestrian areas are safe for residents.

"The severe weather has led to a number of fallen trees across the borough but these have been removed with the necessary cleansing work following. 

“We are now working hard to clear away leaves and debris from roads and walkways across the town and repair the damage caused by the strong winds and rain.”

1:12pm

We love this picture
 

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12:53pm

Adam Spencer sent this picture in from Herbert Avenue in Poole

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12:47pm

Sopley Farm Shop is still open for business despite half their roof being torn off in the storm. And they want to let everyone know the pumpkin carving competition is still on at 2pm tomorrow. 

 

12:40pm

10,200 households in the SSE's so-called "Poole rural area" which includes Bournemouth are without power still. 

Over 1,000 engineers are working to restore power to homes across southern England.

As the weather moved through the area, it has had the greatest impact on Dorset, Wiltshire and parts of rural Hampshire. 

SEPD anticipates that the majority of customers will have their electricity restored tonight although a number may remain without power overnight. 

Where possible, some customers will have their power restored through mobile generators.

 

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Other incidents this morning have included:
 

• Surface water on both sides of Poole Road, outside Bowlplex, caused problems for drivers.

• Water was axle deep on cars attempting to pass the junction of Christchurch Road and coleman Road in Boscombe East.

• A driver was stranded in a car in West Cliff Road, Bournemouth.

• Water reached mid-way up the side of a car stranded in Pinecliffe Avenue, Bournemouth.

• A vehicle became stuck in water under the bridge in Braidley Road, Bournemouth.

  • A tree crashed into the roof of a house in Dean Park in Bournemouth.

• Live electrical cables had to be made safe after a tree fell at Bovington.

• A loose street light was blowing around in the wind in Beresford Road in Southbourne.

• A manhole cover came off and a drain overflowed in The Avenue, Poole

• A power line was down in Matchams Lane.

 

12:15pm

After today flood warnings for Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset are lifted according to the Environment Agency.

After today's showers, the forecast for tomorrow looks dry with Wednesday similar. 


 

12:04pm

Police were notified of flooding in many roads including Poole Lane, Moore Avenue, Coleman Road, Durley Road South, Braidley Road, Beresford Road, Tuckton Road and Wallisdown Road in Bournemouth.

In Poole flood water affected areas including Parkstone Road, Birds Hill Road, the County Gates roundabout, Alton Road, Sandecotes Road, Ringwood Road, Cabot Lane and the Civic Centre.

Other areas affected included Charlton Marshall, Ringwood Road, Ferndown, Horton, Bargates in Christchurch, Leigh Road in Wimborne and Matchams Lane.

More than 100 trees were down in Dorset including Braidley Road, Bournemouth, Corfe Castle, Bovington, The Grove in Christchurch, West Moors Road, Leicester Road, Poole and Wimborne Road, Moordown.

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There are 82,000 households suffering power cuts across SSE's region in the south.

The company says they haven't been able to break the information down yet.

A tweet from them earlier said some people could still be without electricity tomorrow but they are working hard to restore power.

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Some tree removal work going on near the Grove Tavern in Southbourne

 

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11:42am

This picture of a kite-surfer at Mudeford has been sent to us from Jan-Erik Paul. It was taken on Sunday afternoon and he reckons the kite-surfer is around 45ft in the air.

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11:33am

Another of The Grove in Christchurch. Pictures are from Andy Starmore

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11:32am

The large tree which  came down in The Grove in Christchurch earlier is being chopped up and removed. Picture from Andy Starmore

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11:24am

Tess Slack sent this picture in from Winton. The storm took out their concrete wall and fence panels.

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11:11am Mon 28 Oct 13

yap says

Despite comments made so far on here, this was a serious storm. At least two people have been killed by falling trees across Southern England and many more injured.

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Some additional information for train passengers hoping to travel today. 

* Phased re-introduction of small number of services on some routes
* Most services still not expected to run until at least 12noon, possibly considerably later in some areas
* Maintenance teams and engineers dealing with around 50 fallen trees and other debris across network
* Trees weakened by storm continuing to fall on tracks throughout the morning
* Significantly reduced services when routes declared safe to re-open
* Customers advised to check the latest travel information and allow extra time for journeys

South West Trains is continuing to advise passengers not to travel today as engineers work to clear fallen trees and debris following overnight hurricane-force winds and heavy rain across the south of the country.

A phased re-introduction of a small number of services is now underway on Waterloo to Bournemouth and other routes.

However, services elsewhere on the network are not expected to run before 12noon at the earliest and in some cases this could be considerably later.

A significantly reduced train service will operate on routes which have been declared safe to re-open.

When trains start running, the high winds mean that they will be restricted to a maximum speed of 50mph as a safety precaution in case of obstructions on the tracks.

This will result in significant delays to journeys and some may take twice the normal time.

Customers with single or return tickets dated Monday 28 October can use them on Tuesday 29 October.

11:04am

South West Trains have given us this statement. Most services not expected to run until 12noon at least.

A spokesman for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance said: "We have now been able to start running a small number of services on a few routes, however our continuing advice to passengers is not to travel unless it is absolutely necessary.

"The south-west of the country was one of the areas worst hit by the storm overnight.

"Our test trains have been out on the network checking routes for damage.

"Maintenance teams and engineers are dealing with around 50 fallen trees and other debris on the tracks, including a shed.

"Trees weakened by the storm have been continuing to fall on tracks as the morning has gone on.

"The safety of customers and our staff is our absolute priority.

"As a result of the impact of the high winds and heavy rain, the vast majority of trains are not expected to run until at least 12noon and possibly considerably later in the worst affected areas.

"We are working hard to restore services on our network as soon as it is safe to do so.

"In the meantime, we would advise advising passengers who need to travel to plan ahead by checking the latest travel information, allow extra time to complete their trips and take care during their journeys."

 

10:54am

10:52am Mon 28 Oct 13

MrPitiful says

No reports of any accidents on Wessex Way this morning - the first Monday this has happened for weeks!

We should have a storm like this more often.

10:54am

10:54am

Dorset County Council have released this information about bin collections across Dorset.

Some may happen later in the day because of fallen trees and flooding following this morning’s strong winds and heavy rain.

"Dorset Waste Partnership crews are working hard to complete today’s collection rounds as quickly as possible and expect to finish them by the end of the day.  We will provide updates here when we have them.

We appreciate your patience. Please take your containers back in once they have been emptied to avoid them being blown around.

All household recycling centres are open as normal.

Take care out there!"

10:51am

There are various traffic light failures due to power cuts across the area this morning.

Latest ones are on B3078 West Borough Wimborne Minster, A357 Newton Hill Sturminster Newton and B3073 Leigh Road Wimborne Minster.

Traffic lights are still out on A351 Sandford Road, Holton Heath and A350 Blandford Road North, Corfe Mullen.

Full traffic details here

10:39am

Power is back on at Lytchett Minster but we are still waiting on more details from SSE about the rest of the county and New Forest

10:38am

We've started uploading pictures to a gallery, which you can find here

Do you have a photo or video to send into us? there are many ways to get in touch:

Don't forget to let us know who you are and where your picture/footage was taken!

 

10:35am

The roof was completely blown off one side of Sopley Farm Shop in Derritt Lane between Bransgore and Sopley.

The roof finished up in two main pieces about 80 yards from the shop in a sweetcorn field.

Emergency repairs are being carried out as the shop needs to remain open to sell pumpkins this week.

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Picture from Simon Rowley

10:27am

10:25am

So there is likely to be rain throughout the day today but tomorrow looks lovely - check out the forecast here

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A 120ft tree in Hennings Park Road, Oakdale has been blown down into three neighbouring gardens in Dorchester Gardens.

Sally Pettifer, whose garden the tree was in before it fell said: “I got up about 3am and looked out and it was really blowing. About 5.45am my husband came into me and said the tree has gone.

“I got up and rushed to the back window and just thought “Oh my god it’s gone.”"

The large poplar tree came down so heavily, all the roots were pulled from the ground as it fell into Dorchester Gardens.

Resident John Wickham said it smashed through the roof of his garage and landed on his car and roof of the house.

The branches came to rest against his bedroom window.

“It was just an almighty crash. The wife thought it was a clap of thunder”, he said.

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9:43am Mon 28 Oct 13

Wallisdown says

Clearly this was an over-hyped event. Yes it was pretty blowy for a while and yes a few trees are down. However we've gone several autumns/winters without any big storms and weakened trees were always likely to fall in the first reasonably rough spell of weather.

Clearly this wasnt a severe weather event in the grand scheme of things (which was only due to a bit of bad timing by Mother Nature that lead to winds being a good 20mph less than they could been looking) That statement is 100% backed up by the fact that no Red warning was issued by the Met Office at any time during this windy spell of weather.

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9:42am

Some video of choppy waters early on this morning at Sandbanks

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9:20am

This is from Purchase Road, Talbot Village. Workmen have just cleared enough room for cars to pass. Picture from Ian Addis

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9:15am

Just a bit of sand blown across the promenade near Bournemouth Pier - still nice to see the sun shining 

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9:07am

Christchurch's Monday Market is not on today due to the weather. High Street is open as normal.

9:05am

Hightown Hill and Southamton Road in Ringwood both blocked due to fallen trees.

Hightown Hill is blocked between A31 and Forest Lane and Southampton Road between Nouale Lane / Eastfield Lane and Seymour Road.

Click here for full list of traffic updates

9:03am

So South West Trains probably not starting running until 11am today due to trees on the line.

9:00am

Here is a bit of video from this morning at Sandbanks

 

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Boats at Sandbanks have been battered overnight by the winds
 

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This is a gorgeous picture from Lawrence Mizen

8:42am

Residents in Oakdale, Poole also had a lucky escape when a 120ft tree was ripped from the ground in Hennings Park Road, Oakdale.

It left a huge crater in Sally Pettifer's garden and crashed on to garages and sheds in the grounds of properties in Dorchester Gardens.

“It's a miracle that no one was hurt” said Sally. “Part of the tree is actually leaning on a kitchen window.”

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Bournemouth Council workers are also working to clear debris from Bournemouth's Lower Gardens

There is a lot of clear-up work now the storm has passed.

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Here is a picture of the debris at Wick Lane - thanks Stuart Cockram for this. 

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8:15am

This tree has come down in Bournemouth - narrowly missing a house by the looks of the picture
 

8:14am

8:14am

Wick Lane in Christchurch is blocked by a tree branch we have been told

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A337 Lyndhurst Road in Brockenhurst is blocked due to fallen tree at Meerut Road. Several lorries have got stuck behind this tree and cant turn around. Between Lyndhurst and Lymington.

7:51am

Here is a statement from Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)

"We are currently assessing the impact of the overnight gales.

"Over the weekend we enacted our emergency response plans and drafted around 200 extra engineers in to the area.

"We know this exceptional weather has caused damage to our network, but it was not possible to fully assess the amount of damage overnight.

"Along with restoring electricity to affected customers, this will be our priority.

"We will do everything we can to get the power back on as quickly and safely as possible, but the conditions continue to be extremely challenging.

"While our engineers are repairing the network, we will be calling vulnerable customers to offer help and would urge anyone with any concerns to call our emergency line on 0800 072 7282.

"We would like to thank our customers for their patience during this difficult time."
 

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Not sure this is such a good idea after warnings from coastguard
 

7:25am

We love this picture from Sally Adams - the calm after the storm
 

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7:17am Mon 28 Oct 13

Lord Spring says

Highest gust so far registered in Springbourne so far today has been 48 mph at 0506hrs at this moment 32.6 mm of rain since 0900hrs yesterday.

Hardly earth shattering readings.

7:23am

7:22am

Reporter Jane Reader has been been talking to families in Grove Road where a tree has come down across the road.

James and Vicky Lavis and daughter Ellie, aged 11, said they have three cars all of them underneath the tree, including James' baby, a classic soft top convertible BMW.

They said Ellie sleeps in front room of the house and the tree came down right outside her bedroom window.

"I heard a mssaive crash. I was terrified and didn't know whether to get out of bed ore not", Ellie said.

"In the end I ran in to mum and dad."

Vicky said if it was a bigger bit of tree it would have come striaght in the window.

Neighbours Martin Flack with his wife Beverley said: "My neighbour knocked on the door and when I looked out I was dumbfounded.

"I got dressed and went outside and now I'm worried because all I can hear is the rest of the tree creaking."

The fallen tree is causing a number of traffic issues with a Yellow Bus - number 21 - having to reverse to get around it. 

7:14am

Routes through the New Forest are reported to be particularly treacherous this morning. Motorists urged to take care especially on busy routes such as A35 and A31

7:13am

Bournemouth rainfall total so far is 42mm
 

7:08am

There will be changes to buses in and out of Swanage today
 
 
 

7:07am

Dorset Police say about 100 trees have fallen overnight on roads across the county.

They have reported a high volume of calls overnight about trees obstructing roads and flooding in many areas.

7:06am

Braidley Road both ways closed due to flooding around St Stephen's Way. Very deep water underneath the Wessex Way flyover.

7:05am

This is the scene in Horton Road near Ashley Heath this morning
 

7:03am

And to clarify, it was a typo on this tweet - there is a tree down at The Grove in Christchurch

7:02am

As well as this tweet from photographer Sally Adams, there are also cones and roadsigns causing some slight problems at Richmond Hill roundabout
 

7:00am

The fallen tree on the A338 Salisbury Road at Ringwood has now been removed. 

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This is directly from our traffic feed and will cause lots of problems for people commuting this morning

"Hazardous driving conditions due to fallen trees and branches on road on A31 both ways between A338 (Ringwood) and M27 J1 (Cadnam). The police have reports of multiple fallen trees and branches across parts of the A31 through the Forest."

Click here for full traffic updates and information

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Matchams Lane in Christchurch is also closed due to trees down.

6:45am

See our list of road closures here 

We are constantly updating them - Herbert Avenue is also blocked due to a tree down

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There are traffic lights out in Blandford Road North, Corfe Mullen as well this morning due to a power cut

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There is also a reported power cut in Sturminster Newton. Let us know how things are where you are via @bournemouthecho or digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk

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There are fallen trees on the A351 Lytchett Minster. Wareham Road, Lytchett Matravers is reported to be blocked by a fallen tree

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Forecasters saying the storm has not been as bad they were expecting but there are problems locally with transport due to localised flooding and trees and branches blocking roads

5:47am

There are bus problems in Swanage this morning
 

5:46am

And here's another power cut in Shaftesbury
 

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We are also hearing of a power cut in Ferndown. Let us know if there are any problems where you are.

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For all traffic information including blocked and flooded roads check out our traffic feed here

But so far this morning the A35 at Holmsley is closed due to a fallen tree and flooding, one lane of the A31 is also closed westbound due to fallen tree as well as Milton Road in Milbourne as well as East Street in Corfe Castle.

In Bournemouth, Woodbury Avenue is flooded as well as Braidley Road.

The A338 Salisbury Road near Ringwood is also partially blocked due to a fallen tree.

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Morning all, it's been a blustery wet night across Dorset. We'll be updating you throughout the morning with road problems, storm damage and transport problems.

Send us your pictures to digital@bournemouthecho.co.uk or tweet us @bournemouthecho

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7:17am Mon 28 Oct 13

Lord Spring says...

Highest gust so far registered in Springbourne so far today has been 48 mph at 0506hrs at this moment 32.6 mm of rain since 0900hrs yesterday.

Hardly earth shattering readings.
Highest gust so far registered in Springbourne so far today has been 48 mph at 0506hrs at this moment 32.6 mm of rain since 0900hrs yesterday. Hardly earth shattering readings. Lord Spring
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9:43am Mon 28 Oct 13

Wallisdown says...

Clearly this was an over-hyped event. Yes it was pretty blowy for a while and yes a few trees are down. However we've gone several autumns/winters without any big storms and weakened trees were always likely to fall in the first reasonably rough spell of weather.

Clearly this wasnt a severe weather event in the grand scheme of things (which was only due to a bit of bad timing by Mother Nature that lead to winds being a good 20mph less than they could been looking) That statement is 100% backed up by the fact that no Red warning was issued by the Met Office at any time during this windy spell of weather.
Clearly this was an over-hyped event. Yes it was pretty blowy for a while and yes a few trees are down. However we've gone several autumns/winters without any big storms and weakened trees were always likely to fall in the first reasonably rough spell of weather. Clearly this wasnt a severe weather event in the grand scheme of things (which was only due to a bit of bad timing by Mother Nature that lead to winds being a good 20mph less than they could been looking) That statement is 100% backed up by the fact that no Red warning was issued by the Met Office at any time during this windy spell of weather. Wallisdown
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10:52am Mon 28 Oct 13

MrPitiful says...

No reports of any accidents on Wessex Way this morning - the first Monday this has happened for weeks!

We should have a storm like this more often.
No reports of any accidents on Wessex Way this morning - the first Monday this has happened for weeks! We should have a storm like this more often. MrPitiful
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11:11am Mon 28 Oct 13

yap says...

Despite comments made so far on here, this was a serious storm. At least two people have been killed by falling trees across Southern England and many more injured.
Despite comments made so far on here, this was a serious storm. At least two people have been killed by falling trees across Southern England and many more injured. yap
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11:23am Mon 28 Oct 13

beachcomber1 says...

trouble with update pages like this with lots of links is that it takes soooo long to load! and i've got a good internet connection and reasonable pc.
trouble with update pages like this with lots of links is that it takes soooo long to load! and i've got a good internet connection and reasonable pc. beachcomber1
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11:35am Mon 28 Oct 13

beachcomber1 says...

yap wrote:
Despite comments made so far on here, this was a serious storm. At least two people have been killed by falling trees across Southern England and many more injured.
indeed. one wonders what the death toll would have to be before it isn't classified as "over-hyped".
[quote][p][bold]yap[/bold] wrote: Despite comments made so far on here, this was a serious storm. At least two people have been killed by falling trees across Southern England and many more injured.[/p][/quote]indeed. one wonders what the death toll would have to be before it isn't classified as "over-hyped". beachcomber1
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11:48am Mon 28 Oct 13

ProudVegan says...

On the up side, my log burner is fully equipped for winter now!
On the up side, my log burner is fully equipped for winter now! ProudVegan
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12:29pm Mon 28 Oct 13

portia6 says...

Not too bad in Poole Bay now last night very windy could be calm before the storm though.
Not too bad in Poole Bay now last night very windy could be calm before the storm though. portia6
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1:18pm Mon 28 Oct 13

JemBmth says...

A bit breezy last night was it? Oh no, Bournemouth comes to a standstill. Leaves on the line again I suppose.
A bit breezy last night was it? Oh no, Bournemouth comes to a standstill. Leaves on the line again I suppose. JemBmth
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2:19pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Thriving Grey says...

The good news is a lot of Estate Agent boards would have been blown away!
The good news is a lot of Estate Agent boards would have been blown away! Thriving Grey
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2:33pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Ophilum says...

Piers Corbyn Forecast this storm 6weeks ago and got it right to the day.

http://principia-sci
entific.org/latest-n
ews/360-piers-corbyn
-storm-causes-uk-cha
os-as-predicted-6-we
eks-ahead.html
Piers Corbyn Forecast this storm 6weeks ago and got it right to the day. http://principia-sci entific.org/latest-n ews/360-piers-corbyn -storm-causes-uk-cha os-as-predicted-6-we eks-ahead.html Ophilum
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2:34pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Mangiafuoco says...

Not exactly hurricane Katrina was it!! Storm in a T cup if you ask me..
Not exactly hurricane Katrina was it!! Storm in a T cup if you ask me.. Mangiafuoco
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3:09pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Ms daisy says...

Mangiafuoco wrote:
Not exactly hurricane Katrina was it!! Storm in a T cup if you ask me..
You would not be saying that if it was your house or car that a tree fell onto, over hyped maybe but I for one am glad to be warned.
[quote][p][bold]Mangiafuoco[/bold] wrote: Not exactly hurricane Katrina was it!! Storm in a T cup if you ask me..[/p][/quote]You would not be saying that if it was your house or car that a tree fell onto, over hyped maybe but I for one am glad to be warned. Ms daisy
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4:22pm Mon 28 Oct 13

SeafaringMan says...

To all the negative commenters here. Would you rather there was no warning and It took us by surprise in the middle of the night - like the Great Gale of 1987?
To all the negative commenters here. Would you rather there was no warning and It took us by surprise in the middle of the night - like the Great Gale of 1987? SeafaringMan
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4:38pm Mon 28 Oct 13

The Witch says...

To all the above with their snide comments about the storm, it would be a good thing if you remembered that four people have lost their lives (sure they're loved ones will not think it was a 'storm in a teacup') Also many people have had their lives disrupted with trees falling on their homes and vehicles, yes insurance will pay for this but in the mean time they have to live with it.
You wouldn't be making these comments if it had happened to you or yours!
To all the above with their snide comments about the storm, it would be a good thing if you remembered that four people have lost their lives (sure they're loved ones will not think it was a 'storm in a teacup') Also many people have had their lives disrupted with trees falling on their homes and vehicles, yes insurance will pay for this but in the mean time they have to live with it. You wouldn't be making these comments if it had happened to you or yours! The Witch
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5:36pm Mon 28 Oct 13

bobthedestroyer says...

beachcomber1 wrote:
trouble with update pages like this with lots of links is that it takes soooo long to load! and i've got a good internet connection and reasonable pc.
Its not your PC it the Echo servers. They are rubbish, any story takes any ages to load as it constantly redraws the **** page You don't get it on the BBC website. Poor website design.
[quote][p][bold]beachcomber1[/bold] wrote: trouble with update pages like this with lots of links is that it takes soooo long to load! and i've got a good internet connection and reasonable pc.[/p][/quote]Its not your PC it the Echo servers. They are rubbish, any story takes any ages to load as it constantly redraws the **** page You don't get it on the BBC website. Poor website design. bobthedestroyer
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11:26pm Mon 28 Oct 13

Mrs C. A Townend says...

Thriving Grey wrote:
The good news is a lot of Estate Agent boards would have been blown away!
I agree, it would be nice to see less of them!
[quote][p][bold]Thriving Grey[/bold] wrote: The good news is a lot of Estate Agent boards would have been blown away![/p][/quote]I agree, it would be nice to see less of them! Mrs C. A Townend
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3:17pm Tue 29 Oct 13

Anna Louise says...

So sorry the stormchasers are disappointed but I for one am grateful we were all so prewarned. If this storm hadn't been overnight in this area, it had the potential to cause more deaths or injuries with the amount of trees down. A large tree came down nearby but landed on outbuildings, not the cars which regularly go past it during the day.,
So sorry the stormchasers are disappointed but I for one am grateful we were all so prewarned. If this storm hadn't been overnight in this area, it had the potential to cause more deaths or injuries with the amount of trees down. A large tree came down nearby but landed on outbuildings, not the cars which regularly go past it during the day., Anna Louise
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