'Yellow Alert' For South Coast

The Met Office has issued a yellow alert for the South Coast today - Wednesday 25th April.

We're expecting up to 40mm of rain to fall today. There are also strong winds, some gale-force.

The winds have caused scaffolding around a hotel in Southsea to collapse, hitting six cars parked nearby.

It happened at The Royal Beach Hotel in St. Helen's Parade just after 8 o'clock this morning. Police tell us no one was hurt.

A Flood Alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Upper Stour and tributaries between Gillingham and Sturminster Newton, and also between Toller Whelme and Dorchester. Low lying land and roads will be affected first.

Be prepared.
  
Localised thunderstorms may cause some surface water flooding. 

- Be prepared to protect yourself, family, pets and property.

- Call Floodline on 0845 988 1188 for up-to-date flooding information. 

- Keep an eye on local water levels and weather conditions.  Visit the Environment Agency website www.environment-agency.gov.uk for river level and flooding information.

- Avoid walking, cycling or driving through flood water.

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