A woman in her 60s has been killed after a tree crashed down on top of her car in Dorset as the UK is lashed with strong winds and a month’s worth of rainfall.
The local woman, who was driving through the Moors Valley Country Park, was killed instantly in the crash – during hurricane-force winds – which happened just before 9am.
At the time of the incident, severe weather conditions were sweeping across Dorset bringing heavy rain showers and high winds. The Met Office had enforced a warning from 4am and 6pm.
A spokesman for Dorset Police said: ‘Officers were called at 8.41am today (Sat) to a report of a collision involving a grey Ford B-max and a tree on Verwood Road between the Alderholt turning and the A31. It is reported that the tree had fallen on the car.
‘Very sadly the driver of the Ford, a local woman aged in her 60s, was pronounced dead at the scene. Her next of kin has been informed. The road was closed while emergency services were at the scene.’
The fatally injured pensioner has not yet been named by police. A post mortem examination is to be carried out on her body to ascertain the exact cause of her death and an inquest will be opened and adjourned next week.
Wet and windy weather continued through the rest of today for much of south-east England and south Wales with winds reaching up to 60 mph inland and 80 mph on the coast.
The woman in her 60s has been killed after a tree crashed down on top of her car in Dorset as the south coast was battered by ‘hurricane force’ winds
Homeowners in Torquay, Devon, woke up to this scene on Saturday morning after a tree collapsed across a residential street during severe overnight storms. The tree destroyed two vehicles as it landed in the doorway of a property
A police officer helps to clear up a fallen tree after stormy winds brought down trees across the A35 near Dorchester on Saturday morning
West Bay in Dorset is battered by waves with sea foam building up on the seafront as weather warnings are issued for the south west
West Bay in Dorset has experienced windy and rainy conditions. Sea defences have recently been improved at West Bay where a new rock groyne was constructed by the pier
A workman begins to cut up a tree which was brought down by stormy winds across the A35 on Saturday morning
Waves batter West Bay as the promenade is closed by emergencies services after high winds blew the roof off the ice cream kiosk
Fans arrive in heavy rain for the Premiership match at The AMEX Stadium in Brighton today. This man’s umbrella even blew inside out due to the wind
It’s going to be a wet weekend as parts of the UK brace for heavy rain and strong winds as weather officials warn of a ‘danger to life. Yellow weather warnings are in place for parts of southern England, Wales and northern Scotland for Saturday. The heavy rain is expected to continue on into Sunday for parts of Scotland
All passenger services into and out of Dover have been suspended because of high winds. Ferry operators DFDS and P&O say all their sailing operations are currently suspended due to high water and 60 knot winds.
There is a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris, according to weather officials. Large waves with beach material could be thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.
The conditions have caused trees to fall in parts of the southeast. There have also been reports of power cuts.
Dorset has been particularly hard hit with several trees being felled by the ‘life threatening’ gusts and one street in Torquay, Devon, was cut off by a fallen tree.
Almost half a month’s worth of rain is expected to fall today with rainfall levels expected reach 30mm to 40mm widely across Wales and south-west England but locally could reach 60mm to 80mm.
London is expected to be ‘quite wet and windy’ for much of Saturday and gusts could reach up to 40mph to 50mph across the capital.
As people head out to fireworks displays this weekend, a Met spokesperson told MailOnline: ‘The weather this weekend is expected to be disruptive for traffic.
‘People are advised to check for travel updates before heading out.’
The Met Office has issued a number of yellow weather warnings across the south of England and in Wales
Collapsed scaffolding in Blandford, Dorset on Saturday morning as gale force winds lashed the south coast
Dorset Police posted a photograph on social media showing scaffolding which had collapsed on to a line of parked cars due to the strong gusts
A surfer rides the waves at Langland Bay near Swansea this morning. The waves were generated by the stormy weather which battered South Wales last night
Windy conditions in West Bay, Dorset today. Flood warnings are in place for coastal towns in England and Wales, with 70 yellow warnings across the country
Huge waves smash into the rocks at Mumbles lighthouse near Swansea this morning
A view of the puddles on the pitch prior to the Premiership match at The Vitality Stadium in Bournemouth
A man watches the waves in Swansea. Yellow rain warnings remain in place for much of Sunday in eastern parts of Scotland
Stewards outside the stadium in heavy rain prior to the Premiership match at The AMEX Stadium in Brighton
The pouring rain and wind didn’t stop these fans as they arrived for the Premiership match at The AMEX Stadium in Brighton earlier today
60 mph winds batter Chesil Beach as the Environment Agency issues flood warnings for Chiswell and other areas of the country
Waves hit a deserted promenade in Penzance. Cornwall has been one of the worst hit areas with rail services severely affected
Dorset Police posted a photograph on social media showing scaffolding which had collapsed on to a line of parked cars due to the strong gusts.
The structure was blown over in Dorset Street, Blandford Forum, during the early hours, the force said.
The Met Office said winds of 83mph were recorded in Plymouth and 82mph in Culdrose in Cornwall.
The Office tweeted on Saturday morning: ‘Strong winds have brought down some trees across southwest England this morning and there have also been reports of power cuts.
‘Over the coming hours, these strong winds will transfer eastwards.’
The Met advised those attending or organising local bonfire events to take care and added people should be mindful of the strength of the winds before setting off fireworks.
Fireworks at Alexandra Palace are set to go ahead this evening as planned, with the venue tweeting last night: ‘Tonight’s fireworks festival went off with a BANG! A few tickets remain for tomorrow night, so if you haven’t already make sure you get yours now.’
Meanwhile flood warnings are in place for coastal towns in England and Wales, with 70 yellow warnings across the country.
Scaffolding in Boundary Road, Portslade, collapsed in the high winds battering Sussex. The road is closed and traffic is blocked.
78 flood warnings are in place this weekend with eight red warnings for southern coastal towns and River Severn in Apperley, whcih mean flooding is ‘expected’ and ‘immediate action’ is required
Massive waves crash against the harbour wall as gale force winds and rain lash the seaside resort of Porthcawl in Bridgend, Wales
Massive waves crash against the harbour wall as wind and rain lash Porthcawl in Wales on Saturday morning
Waves crash over the cliffs at Sennen Cove in Cornwall. Hurricane force winds of up to 100mph have brought chaos across Devon and Cornwall today with a large number of cars and properties hit by falling trees
Stewards sweeps out excess water in the stadium tunnel due to the heavy rain during the Premier League match between Brighton and Norwich City at the American Express Community Stadium in Brighton
Eight red warnings have been put in place for southern coastal towns and River Severn in Apperley, which mean flooding is ‘expected’ and ‘immediate reaction is required’.
The north will largely avoid the wet and windy weather, with southern Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England remaining mostly unaffected.
Yellow rain warnings remain in place for much of Sunday in eastern parts of Scotland.
South Western Railways said a number of trees were blocking the line between Woking and Weymouth and warned services could be delayed or cancelled.
The Port of Dover remains open to road traffic but passengers are being warned there may be some delays while boarding.
Officials say the situation will be reviewed later this afternoon when a decision will be made on whether services can resume.
Brittany Ferries and Condor Ferries have also cancelled some of their services from Portsmouth and Poole.
The rain is expected to clear up by tomorrow in Wales and the south-east.