THE Met Office has issued yellow weather warnings for both wind and rain across the South West this weekend, as Storm Dennis is set to arrive on Saturday.
The storm is expected to bring outbreaks of rain, heavy and intense at times, with mist and fog over hills and coasts, as well as gales of 70mph.
Storm Dennis is not expected to be quite as powerful as the recent Storm Ciara but is expected to bring more rain than Ciara.
The forecast wind and rain may cause further damage, especially as trees and structures may have been weakened by Storm Ciara, and the ground is saturated which may cause short-term localised flooding.
Drivers should be aware of the weather conditions and check routes before starting their journey and avoid unnecessary journeys. Dorset Council’s Highways teams will be on standby to respond to any road closures.
Dorset Council is also asking people to stay away from cliffs as the risk of rock falls and land slips is increased, and please make sure garden furniture is secure
Rob Sansom, Senior Coastal Operations Officer at HM Coastguard, commented on the recent Storm Ciara: “Images of people dodging waves and taking selfies during extreme weather are alarming and they are incredibly lucky that they weren’t swept out to sea or injured.
“With the arrival of Storm Dennis, especially so quickly after the last storm, the seas have been unforgiving and we cannot stress enough that piers, rocks, harbours and the water’s edge are not safe places to be when the weather is bad.
“Playing chicken with waves is extremely dangerous. It can be slippery and because there is little to hold onto, even a small wave can come out of nowhere and quickly wash you off and into the sea. Equally so, no photograph or selfie is worth risking your life for.
“We would urge people to think carefully about the risks they take and be extremely careful when near any body of water during bad weather.
“If you see anyone in trouble call 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”