DORSET residents are being urged to secure their property to prevent winds ripping items up and causing more damage.

The Environment Agency and the Met Office are warning high winds and heavy rainfall are due to hit the county again.

There is a possible risk to life with coastal defences depleted and the prospect for river flooding due to the continuing stormy weather.

Simon Parker, Dorset County Council’s emergency planning officer said: “Personal preparations ahead of these warnings are essential, whether it’s getting ready for floods or changing travel plans.

“Residents can help by ensuring their properties are protected, garden furniture secured and that any drainage ditches are clear. People, their cars and possessions should be moved to a safe or higher location.

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