Flood alerts issued in Dorset as more heavy rain is forecast
Residents in parts of Dorset are being told to beware of a possible flood threat tonight as more torrential rain hits the county.
The Environment Agency has this evening issued two flood alerts following a day of heavy downpours, and it comes following an announcement by the Met Office that it has upgraded its severe weather warning to amber.
Flood alerts have been put in place for rivers and streams at Weymouth - including the River Wey to Radipole Lake, Preston Brook and River Jordan - and the Upper Stour and tributaries between Gillingham and Sturminster Newton.
The Environment Agency has reported that river levels are rising after 10mm of rain fell over the past 24 hours, and that tonight's forecast of further torrential downpours could see the situation worsen.
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"Up to a maximum of 35mm of rain may fall throughout the night," said the Agency.
"This may cause water levels in the River Wey, Preston Brook and River Jordan to rise; peaking at around 6am on Monday morning.
"This may also cause water levels in the upper River Stour and tributaries from Wincanton to Sturminster Newton to rise, peaking at around 5:30am on Monday morning."
The Met Office's amber alert for heavy rain will be in place from 6pm this evening until 9am tomorrow morning.
"Periods of heavy rain, including some torrential downpours, are likely to occur across parts of the South West during Sunday evening and the first part of Monday," said the weather forecaster.
"This will be in addition to the rain which will have fallen during the day on Sunday.
"The public should be prepared for an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding during this period."
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