Dorset residents have been warned to brace for disruption as strong winds and large waves have been forecast to batter the county.

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for strong winds between 4am and 6pm today, meaning that people should prepare for travel disruption.

Residents have been told there could be a small chance of injuries and danger to life from flying debris and buildings could also be damaged.

Some delays to road, rail, air and ferry transport are likely and some bus and train services could be affected, with some journeys taking longer.

The Met Office also warned that periods of power loss and failure of other services is also possible.

Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

Residents in coastal communities will be affected by spray and large waves caused by the high winds.

The Chief Forecaster said: "An area of low pressure is expected to bring a spell of strong winds and heavy rain to southern England and south Wales on Saturday.

"Gusts of 55-60 mph are likely inland with gusts of 70 mph around coasts and over hills - the strongest gusts most likely across coastal southwest England where isolated gusts of up to 80 mph are possible in very exposed locations during the morning.

"There is some uncertainty in the northern extent of strong winds. Winds are expected to slowly ease from the west during the afternoon."