Heavy rain and strong winds warning

By a County Press reporter

Published on Friday, January 31, 2014 - 14:51


UPDATED 14:52*

STRONG winds tomorrow (Saturday) will follow heavy rain today (Friday) according to the Met Office, who have issued a weather warning.

The 'be aware' warning for wind is in force from 6am Saturday to 6am Sunday. It follows a similar warning, for heavy rain today (Friday) issued earlier this week.

Regarding the latest warning, the Met Office said: "Winds will increase on Saturday, with gusts widely to 50 to 60 mph. Additionally large waves could lead to over-topping along some coastlines. The public should be aware of these hazards."

The chief forecaster added: "A deep Atlantic low will move north close to western parts of the UK on Saturday. Associated very strong winds together with bands of squally showers will affect many parts but particularly western areas.  

"The combination of very strong winds, large waves and high tides will lead to hazardous conditions at times in some coastal areas. Winds will ease from the south later on Saturday but remain strong in the north into early Sunday."

*The Environment Agency has issued a flood alert for the Isle of Wight Coast this afternoon (Friday).

The agency said: "A low pressure system will generate south westerly gale force winds along the coast. When combined with the midnight high spring tides, there is the potential for flooding of low lying roads and land. The midday tide came in higher than expected so we are issuing this Coastal Flood Alert as a precautionary measure."

An additional flood warning remains in place today (Friday) for Langbridge and Alverstone on the Eastern Yar and a flood alert is also in force for the Eastern Yar and tributaries from Whitwell to Bembridge.

The Environment Agency said: "The Met Office have issued a heavy rainfall alert for a heavy band of rain due on Friday afternoon into the early hours of Saturday morning. Between 14-25mm of rain is expected, accompanied by strong winds. 

"Later Saturday and Sunday will see sunshine and showers, with 5-10mm of rain likely on each day. Levels in the Eastern Yar at Langbridge and Alverstone have fallen, but will rise quickly in response to the rainfall forecast. 

"The risk of property flooding is low at the moment but that will increase on Friday and into Saturday. 

"Areas at potential risk include Horringford, Langbridge and Alverstone as well as Golf Links Road and Morton Common Road."

Island Roads said on Twitter sandbags will be available today (Friday) from Well Road car park, East Cowes; Simeon Rec, Ryde and Cross Street car park, Cowes. However no sandbags will be available from the company's depot in Daish Way, Newport.


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