As 80 mph winds and heavy rain batters the south tonight, new Severe Flood Warnings have been issued for parts of Dorset and the New Forest. The Environment issue their highest warning where there is a threat to life.
These areas are: Christchurch Harbour, West Bay Harbour, Chiswell, and Lymington.
It brings the total number of Severe Flood Warnings across the country to 24, including 14 along the River Thames in Berkshire and Surrey.
About 10mm of rain has fallen on the catchment overnight. A moderate then heavier band of rain will cross the area on Sunday with widespread amounts of 5mm but maximums from 10 to 15mm. Further unsettled weather is expected on Monday.
Upstream flows have increased but are now steady and receding slowly today, though they will increase with tomorrow’s rain. The river in Wickham has risen due to overnight rain though it is now falling very slowly but the river will be out of bank around the Millennium Water Meadow.
The area between Titchfield Road bridge to Titchfield Haven experiencing out of bank flow with levels increasing. Sunday’s rain will increase levels by a small amount but risks to property will increase. River flows are affected by high groundwater levels throughout the catchment.