Gusts of wind to hit 80mph tonight

Weather warning

Weather warning

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The spate of bad weather that’s hit the island hard over the last few weeks is continuing.

Further spells of rain or showers are forecast today.

They will be heavy at times leading to further standing water on the roads and the risk of localised flooding.

The strong or gale force southeasterly winds will swing southwest or west towards and during the evening, increasing to severe gale or storm force with gusts 70 to 80mph, causing some damage and disruption.

The rain or showers turning to sleet or snow on higher ground later this evening before clearing to only isolated showers overnight as the west or southwesterly winds become strong to gale force, lowest temperatures near 3C generally but around 1C in upland areas.

High tide tonight is at around 10.30pm.

The tide will not be as high as it was in January when Ramsey and Castletown flooded.

It is likely tonight’s Steam Packet sailing will be cancelled. This morning’s Douglas to Heysham service and its return did not sail.

Inspector Mark Britton, of the Isle of Man Constabulary, said: ‘There is a likelihood of structural damage and travel disruption which may be caused by the winds. Residents are advised to take precautions where they are able to.

‘Take care on the roads during the early evening, allow extra time for your journey, reduce their speed and leave greater distances between themselves and other vehicles. They are also warned to consider the likelihood that there will be standing water, floods and other debris on the roads.’

He urged motorists to keep up to date with the latest developments.

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Youth clubs and parents’ evenings are cancelled tonight. Click here to read that story.

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