DORSET residents are advised to batten down the hatches as strong winds lash the county today.

A weather warning has been issued as wind speeds of up to 51 miles per hour were recorded.

The Met Office has issued yellow warnings for "unseasonably strong" wind and rain in the area. Gusts of up to 60mph are expected along the coastline.

The yellow warning is in place until midnight tonight.

Delays to road, air and ferry travel are predicted, as well as potential power cuts.

There are already problems on the railways after Network Rail imposed a speed limit.

A spokesperson from South Western Railway said: "Due to a speed restriction imposed by Network Rail between Weymouth and Southampton Central, trains have to run at reduced speed on all lines.

"Trains in both directions are being limited to 50mph.

"Network Rail, who own and maintain the railway infrastructure, have imposed this speed restriction due to the forecast high winds and heavy rain. It will remain in place until the affected section of track has line speed reauthorised.

"For further information or onward travel advice please speak to a member of staff or use a station help point.

"We are very sorry for any delay that this may cause to your journey."

Residents of Corfe Castle and Swanage have also been warned of potential flooding as rivers and streams swell in the bad weather.

Moors Valley Country Park is shut to members of the public after trees fell. 

A spokesperson from the attraction said: "Unfortunately, due to the high winds, several trees down across the park and a site-wide power cut, we have had no option but to close the park until further notice."

The Verwood Road near Ringwood is also completely blocked after a tree fell, while traffic is still moving freely on Matchams Lane despite a tree down in the road.

There is slow traffic on Pinehurst Road after a tree fell onto the carriageway.

On Sunday, weather will be changeable with a mix of sunshine and showers.

However, there is a possibility that showers could become heavy and thundery, according to the Met Office.