A WARNING for gales has been issued for the Isle of Wight by the Met Office and Solent travel has been affected today (Friday).
Red Funnel's Red Jet passenger crossings were suspended until further notice, shortly after 3pm, due to high winds and the tide turning against the wind.
The service was suspended at 6.35am this morning before resuming at 11.45am, but force 8-10 winds in The Solent this afternoon and the tide turning have led to the service being suspended again.
Wightlink's Yarmouth to Lymington car ferries resumed a two-boat shuttle service this afternoon, however long traffic delays were reported around the terminal and also at Fishbourne.
A Wightlink spokeswoman said: "Due to very high volumes of traffic at Yarmouth, coupled with the delay to service there are long queues into the terminal, therefore we are regrettably not allowing any customers without a booking into the terminal or taking standby traffic.
"Any customers without a booking are advised to postpone their journey until later this evening. Passengers are still advised to check-in on time for their sailing."
Passengers concerned about their crossing can call 0871 376 1000.
The service was suspended earlier this morning due to the strong winds in The Solent.
Hovertravel's service is suspended this morning due to the high winds.
The Met Office issued a 'be aware' warning, valid from 00.05am to 9pm today (Friday), for west or southwesterly gales.
Conditions were expected to improve later in this afternoon.
Gusts of 64 knots (73.6mph) were recorded at the Needles Battery site this morning according to their Twitter feed @needlesbattery. The site was closed due to the strong winds but the New Battery exhibition and kiosk are due to open at 11am.
The Met Office's chief forecaster said: "A deep area of low pressure is expected to lie close to southwest Britain by the start of Friday.
"This will bring with it west or southwesterly gales giving gusts of 50 to 60mph across many southern areas of England.
"Winds of this strength are unusual at this time of year so have the potential to cause more disruption than might usually be expected."