Dorset Street, Blandford

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Dorset Police

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Several cars were damaged when winds ripped scaffolding into a road

Cars have been damaged in a street in Dorset after scaffolding collapsed in strong winds.

The structure was blown over in Dorset Street, Blandford Forum, during the early hours, closing the road.

The National Coastwatch Institution at The Needles on the Isle of Wight said a wind speed of 109.4 mph had been recorded at the station.

It said the station had been shut and plans to “safely evacuate the watch-keeping team” were under way.

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The scaffolding crashed into the road during the early hours

A yellow weather warning for strong winds, with gusts of up to 80mph, is in place across the south of England until 18:00 GMT.

Flood warnings have also been issued by the Environment Agency for Preston Beach in Weymouth and Chiswell, West Bay, Lyme Regis and Christchurch.

The agency has also issued 22 flood alerts for rivers across Devon.

Western Power Distribution said more than 1,500 properties in Somerset and 3,700 properties across Devon and Cornwall are without power after high winds caused faults.

On the south coast Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said more than 3,000 homes and businesses including parts of the New Forest and the Isle of Wight are suffering power cuts.

The companies said engineers were working to restore supplies as soon as possible.

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A large tree on Hove Recreation Ground in Sussex has been brought down

South Western Railway said services between Brockenhurst, Hampshire, and Weymouth have been cancelled or delayed due to fallen trees on the line.

Southern Railway said high winds are causing an impact across the network with a reduced service running on the Brighton mainline due to a “National Grid power blip”.

Southeastern has reported delays and cancellations due to trees on the line at Paddock Wood, Deal and Whitstable.

There is also severe disruption to Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink services.

Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries have also cancelled some of their sailings from Portsmouth and Poole – passengers are advised to check before they travel.

Hovertravel services between Southsea and Ryde have been stopped and Wightlink and Red Funnel ferry routes also face disruption.

Ferry operator, DFDS said its crossings were also experiencing delays due to the weather.

Port of Dover Travel said sea conditions were “very rough” and travellers to contact shipping operators for sailing updates.

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The tree crashed onto the bonnet of the car on The Avenue, Southampton

High winds have closed the pier in Bournemouth, where staff from the RockReef indoor activity had to be escorted to safety.

In Southampton, one driver had a lucky escape when a tree fell onto the bonnet of his car shortly before 09:30.

In Suffolk, strong winds have closed the Orwell Bridge. It is shut from junctions 56 to 57. Diversions are in place via the A1156, A1189 and A1214 through Ipswich.

In Wales roads have been closed and rail services affected with two weather warnings in place.

A yellow warning for heavy rain covers 17 of Wales’ 22 counties, with Gwynedd the only area of north Wales partially affected.

A separate wind warning runs until 18:00 and covers all southern counties.

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