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Dorset Floods: Emergency services braced for high winds and flooding

By This is Dorset  |  Posted: November 22, 2012

Flooding could return to Dorset today (Photo: DFRS)

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Dorset emergency services are bracing themselves for severe weather to cause disruption this afternoon.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning. - with the strong winds and rain expected to arrive by 4pm today.

High winds could reach speeds of up to 70mph - with localised flooding likely to last until at least 9pm.

A spokesperson from Dorset Fire and Rescue Service said: "Emergency services are prepared for the weather with ambulance crews, fire and rescue crews and police on standby to deal with victims caught in the backlash.

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"Warnings are going out to people to take extra care when driving, ensuring that you are visible to other drivers and road users by ensuring headlights are on even in daylight hours, and not under any circumstances attempting to drive through standing or flowing water if you are not sure how deep it is.

"If you can get home before the worst of the weather, do so, or wait until it has passed before attempting longer routes."

Yesterday, Dorset Fire and Rescue Service rescued around 20 people from flood water and other hazardous situations.

This morning, officers were called to Shapwick after a car became stuck in water.

The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning on the River Stour between Sturminster Newton and Christchurch and the River Frome between Dorchester and East Stoke.

An overturned lorry at The Monkeys Jump Roundabout is causing severe relays on the A35 and A37.

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