Storm Ciara batters the Swanage coastline

Scenes from around Swanage as Storm Ciara blows in

The Sandbanks Ferry was suspended yesterday and early this morning as Storm Ciara brought winds up to 70 mph. Swanage took a battering, as the rain and wind lashed across the area and debris was strewn across the roads.

With a yellow weather warning still in place, there was localised flooding in parts of the town including Queen’s Road near to the Swanage Primary School. The wind and heavy rain showers have continued to make conditions difficult, combined with a very high tide at 10 am today.

97 mph winds

On Sunday, at the height of the storm, wind speeds of 97 mph were recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight, just across the sea from Swanage Bay.

Strong gales are expected to continue in Swanage until Wednesday.

Swanage Fire Station has warned people to take care. It tweeted:

“Please be safe, be careful, only travel if you need to and keep away from the sea.”

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