Flooding throws traffic out of gear

Traffic has seen major disruptions due to flash floods after heavy downpours ravaged the south coast.

The worst affected area was Portland in Dorset, which saw 2.3in (57.8mm) of rain in nine hours, against a monthly average of 2.5in (64.3mm) for the county.

Warnings were issued for the M3 corridor, where heavy downpour was expected.

Roads closed as vehicles, including buses, broke down in Bournemouth, as drains lifted and water almost reached the bonnets of cars.

Two people travelling on a motorbike received treatment Burley after coming off the vehicle on Forest Road, leaving the vehicle submerged.

Massive flooding was also reported in the Winchester region, where a busy section on A34 dual carriageway at Sutton Scotney was affected.

The rainfall was "significant" but only concentrated in certain areas, so surrounding towns managed to avoid the downpours, according to the Met Office.

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