Weather warning for Swanage as Storm Francis rolls in

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for Dorset as wind speeds up to 60 mph are expected to hit coastal areas including Swanage.

Along with the heavy rain predicted, the Met Office is forecasting some very strong winds from 9 am today, Tuesday 25th August until 9 am tomorrow, Wednesday 26th August 2020.

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Rainy weather in Swanage

“Winds this strong are unusual for August”

The Met Office said:

“Whilst not exceptional, winds this strong are unusual for August and they will be accompanied by some heavy rain in places, with possible transport disruption and impacts on outdoor activities.

“Large waves are also expected in coastal areas around the South West including the Bristol Channel, throughout Tuesday, moving along the English Channel as the day progresses. Beachgoers are advised to take extra care.”

Large waves in Swanage

From the Met Office – What to expect:

  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible
  • Some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs, could happen
  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some roads and bridges may close
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties
Rain on windscreen of car
Dorset Police

Be prepared to react to standing water or sudden gusts of wind

Drivers are also being reminded by Dorset Police to be prepared to react to changes in road conditions such as standing water or sudden gusts of wind and to be cautious when passing high sided vehicles on exposed stretches of road.

Dorset Police says speed restrictions are a limit, not a target and drivers should keep their speed down and leave more room between their vehicle and the one in front. They should also allow themselves extra time when travelling and ensure their vehicle is fully maintained and up to the task.

Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, Martyn Underhill, said:

“We have sadly seen a number of fatal road traffic collisions in Dorset recently. The weather can adversely affect driving conditions and it is therefore important to drive to the conditions of the road at all times. With strong winds and rain predicted, I want to join colleagues at Dorset Police in reminding all road users to take extra care when driving in poor weather conditions.”

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