It was a sound that reminded many of the war - at half past ten on Monday night the wail of a siren was heard across Portland in Dorset - urging residents to take cover from the storm that was about to hit.
Many headed for upstairs rooms facing away from the sea as huge waves and pebbles battered their homes. Since the alarm people have been clearing up the damage left behind. John Andrews reports
Properties were evacuated on Portland last night (Monday) after severe flood warnings were issued.
Warning sirens sounded at 10.30pm when the sea became extremely rough. People in seafront houses were helped to safety.
This lunchtime, three severe flood warnings were still in place for Dorset, as well as a Met Office yellow warning for more rain. We spoke to our reporter John Andrews who's spent the morning on Portland.
The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that Portland Young Offenders Institution is to house adult criminals coming to the end of their sentences.
It's taking on the role of Dorset's resettlement prison following the announcement in September that Dorchester jail is to close.
The announcement follows lobbying by the county's police and crime commissioner.
Strange sailing boats and windsurfers are hoping to sail as fast as possible off Portland during the annual Speed Week.
The sailing world speed record holder Paul Larsen is there today.
The competition, which has been running since the 1970s, sees sailors go as fast as they can across 500m of Portland Harbour.
A 24 year-old man has died in a car crash in Portland, Dorset, this morning. His Volkswagen Golf hit a wall on Southwell Road and he died just after 2am (Sunday 6 October). Police do not believe any other vehicles were involved, and they are asking any witnesses to come forward.
They have been the first stop on many a holiday but traditional tourist information centres are starting to disappear from our high streets and seafronts, squeezed out by tighter budgets and internet competition. But not everyone is happy to get their information online.
As many as a thousand new jobs could be created by plans for a ship repair yard at Portland. The Port Authority is looking for a partner to get the £50m project going.
If they find a backer it'll be a huge boost for jobs there, which suffered badly when the Navy withdrew from the area.
John Andrews reports:
Richard Drax MP (Con, South Dorset).
Steve Davies, Portland Port Authority
As many as 1000 new jobs could be created by plans for a ship repair yard at Portland. The Port Authority is looking for a partner to get the £50 million project going.
If they find a backer it will be a huge boost for jobs in Portland, which suffered badly when the Navy withdrew from the area.