Stormy weekend: latest travel news and updates

Stormy weekend: Latest travel news and updates

By a County Press reporter

Sunday, February 9, 2014


Stormy weekend: Latest travel news and updates

Waves smash into the sea wall at Freshwater Bay. More bad weather and rough seas are expected to hit the Isle of Wight this weekend. Picture by Jennifer Burton.



MORE stormy weather is forecast to hit the Isle of Wight this weekend.
An amber 'be prepared' warning for strong winds, which has been in place since 20:00 on Friday, has been extended to 12:00 today. 



The Met Office said: "Heavy showers and some bands of more persistent rain will continue to rotate around a major depression centre into Sunday. A further 10-15 mm of rainfall is likely quite widely. Falling on top of recent heavy rain, this is likely to exacerbate the flooding situation in some places.

"Winds will also be a feature with severe gales affecting coasts."


A flood warning remains in effect for Langbridge and Alverstone on the Eastern Yar.



River levels in the lower Eastern Yar are high and rising, the road at Morton Common will remain flooded and water levels may have an impact on the sewage treatment works at Sandown, according to the Environment Agency this morning (Sunday).


Water levels on Brading marshes are rising as the tide has moved into its neap sequence. This means that not as much water can drain from the marsh in between each high tide. This will not begin to improve until Wednesday.


Levels on the Marsh are not yet high enough to impact on properties upstream, however, further heavy rain is forecast on Tuesday and for the rest of next week.


Overall, the situation will not improve significantly in the coming week, the Environment Agency added. 


Flood alerts remain in place for Gurnard Luck and other parts of the Eastern Yar and its tributaries from Whitwell to Bembridge.


We will update this story throughout the weekend with the latest travel and news updates. The most recent updates will appear highest.





The tree that fell on Sandown Road, Bembridge, has now been removed, according to Island Roads.




A tree that fell on Sandown Road, Bembridge, is being cleared, according to Island Roads. 




The Environment Agency has issued flood warnings for the Eastern Yar and the Met Office has extended its amber "be prepared" weather warning until noon today.




The main road through Morton Common, near Sandown, remains closed due to flooding, and Island Line train services are still suspended due to land slippage at Sandown.


Valid rail tickets will be accepted on bus routes 2 and 3 between Shanklin and Ryde, according to Southern Vectis.



Fallen tree on Copse Lane, Freshwater, has now been cleared, according to Island Roads.




Hovertravel have suspended all of its cross-Solent services due to adverse weather conditions, the company have said.


There will be another update from Hovertravel at 10:00. 




Conditions on the Solent are blustery this morning, but ferry services are running to timetable this morning, according to Wightlink and Red Funnel.


A tree has fallen at Copse Lane, Freshwater, and work is being done to clear it, Island Roads have said.






Due to bad weather on the Solent, the Red Jet service between Cowes and Southampton has been suspended until further notice, but the car ferry service between East Cowes and Southampton remains unaffected, according to Red Funnel.


The next car ferry departures from East Cowes will be at 22.30 and 23.50.



Wind speeds reaching 50 knots in the Solent according to Red Funnel, however services are continuing.
Wightlink also operating.
Hovertravel services remain suspended, however Red Funnel and Wightlink operating to timetable.


Morton Common, near Sandown, remains closed due to flooding, according to Island Roads.






A tree on Pondwell Hill, Nettlestone, has been cleared, according to Island Roads.


Hovertravel has suspended its service due to adverse weather.
A flood warning remains in place for Langbridge and Alverstone, on the Eastern Yar.
According to the EA river levels will be higher than those experienced on Christmas Eve.
A flood alert is in place for the Eastern Yar.
Red Funnel services operating normally
Wightlink services are operating normally.
Hovertravel is operating to its winter timetable, but has warned that bad weather later today could lead to disruption
Island Roads said there was a report of a fallen tree partially blocking Pondwell Hill, Nettlestone, however it was passable with care. Crews were on route to clear it, shortly before 07:30.

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