There are currently weather warnings in effect for Dorset as Storm Ciarán hits the UK’s South Coast. There is a Yellow warning in effect for heavy rain and strong winds on Thursday 2 November.

Dorset Council and our partners are ready to cope with the impact of this extreme weather, with safety measures deployed and teams on stand-by to assist where needed.

Please note the following information and guidance below.

Travel and Transport

  • Portland Beach Road is now closed. We have teams at either end of the road to assist with any problems, but we expect the highway to be closed for at least a few hours.
  • A37 Northbound at Stratton (near the railway bridge) closed due to flooding. Looking to reopen one lane under traffic lights as soon as we can get a team deployed.
  • A3030 between Alweston and Bishops Caundle is closed.
  • Swanage High Street is closed between Seymour Road and the pier.
  • South Causeway (Stoborough) and Stapehill Road (Wimborne/Ferndown) are currently closed due to flooding.
  • Corfe Road both ways closed, delays due to flooding from The Quay (Wareham) to Nutcrack Lane (Stoborough).
  • Cart Road, Lyme Regis, is closed.
  • Severe flooding – Cranborne Road, Wimborne.
  • Bakers Arms Roundabout – Not closed yet, but becoming unpassable.

We’ll provide further updates as soon as we know when these roads are likely to reopen.

Please exercise caution if you need to travel on Thursday 2 November. If your travel is essential, please check out the Met Office’s Travelling in storms, rain and strong wind guidance online.

We strongly urge motorists to drive slowly through flood water if they cannot avoid it. This prevents bow waves, which can cause problems for nearby property.

School transport – We will be providing school transport as usual on Thursday 2 November, but please note that it is up to each individual school to decide if they are closing for the day. If you do not hear anything from your school, please assume transport is running as normal.

You can check details via your school transport provider’s webpages, social media channels and the Dorset Council website.

Day centre transport – Any Care Dorset customers whose pre-booked transport is disrupted by the weather will be contacted directly by the appropriate adult day centre.

Highways problems – Hazards on the roads (e.g. fallen trees, debris, overflowing drains etc.) should be reported via the Dorset Council website. For urgent reports, please call Customer Services on 01305 221020.

Please note that some roads may be closed at short notice. Any large-scale traffic disruption will be communicated via the Dorset Council website, social media, and the local press. If you must travel, please check your route before leaving and take the necessary precautionary measures.

Staying safe

Please have a read of the Met Office’s 5 tips for staying safe in strong wind and 5 tips for staying safe in heavy rain.

The coast path from West Bay to Burton Bradstock is being closed. We are also receiving reports of people visiting East Beach, which is at risk from wave overtopping.

Stay away from the coast. Beaches, cliffs, piers, harbours etc. will be potentially dangerous during the event, so do not visit these places until the weather improves.

There is potential for large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads, and properties. If you reside in any of these locations, please take precautionary measures in advance.

Those who receive social care from the council will be contacted by officers directly if there is any disruption to their services. We have also triggered the Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP) to provide support and shelter for those sleeping rough.

Bin collections and household recycling centres

Portland Household Recycling Centre is now closed due to high winds. Please keep hold of your waste for now and drop it off when the weather improves and the site reopens.

Bin collections are expected to operate as usual on Thursday 2 November, with no planned closures of our other household recycling centres. However, this is subject to change at late notice as we continue to monitor weather conditions.

If you put your bins out for collection during the storm, we would kindly ask that you take any possible precautions to ensure they are secured from high winds. We would also appreciate any bins or boxes being taken in as soon as possible after they are emptied – you may wish to do the same for neighbours who aren’t at home during the day.

Any widespread disruption to services will be communicated via our website and the Dorset Council Waste Services social media channels.


The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings and alerts For Dorset. Please refer to their website for further information.

You can report flooding incidents, get information on preparing for flooding, and read advice on getting help during a flood at the Flooding – Dorset Council webpage.

If you live in an area liable to flooding, please make sure you’ve stocked up on sandbags or equivalent products in advance – Dorset Council does not typically provide these. Alternatively, contact your local town or parish council to see if they hold sandbags for community use.

Those unable to source and deploy their own flood measures (e.g. vulnerable adults) should get in touch (or ask someone to contact us on their behalf) via our Customer Services team at [email protected], or call 01305 221000.

For further information and advice, please see our Sandbags and local flooding webpage.

Electricity, gas and water supply failure

If your electricity, gas or water supply is disrupted by the weather, please contact your supplier in the first instance. Their emergency contact details should be printed on your latest bill or found on their website. We also have details at Electricity, gas and water supply failure – Dorset Council.

We encourage people to follow their energy supplier’s social media accounts for the latest power outage updates. You may also wish to check in on vulnerable/elderly residents who might be cut off, provided it is safe to do so.

If you wish to prepare for the possibility of a power cut, please read National Grid’s 12 tips to prepare for a power cut guidance.

National Grid have put a range of measures in place to ensure they are prepared. Their Digital Comms teams are providing support and are regularly updating their website on the current position.

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