Mykel Grant mopping up in Re-Furnish on the corner of York Avenue and Castle Street. Picture by Peter Boam.
THE stormy conditions that have battered the Isle of Wight today (Wednesday) have caused flooding to homes, fallen trees and disruption to cross-Solent travel.
The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service was called this afternoon to pump water from several properties in Castle Street, East Cowes, which has been one of the worst hit areas.
A fire crew from East Cowes have been at the scene since 1pm and water levels have dropped significantly.
Island Roads have assisted in the operation by supplying sandbags to householders.
There have been reports of fallen trees around the Isle of Wight, which have blocked roads in areas that include Yaverland and near Ventnor Botanic Garden.
As of 1.30pm, Cowes Floating Bridge was operating for foot passengers only.
*On the advice of the police, cars were not able to use it while parts of East Cowes were flooded. It resumed carrying vehicles at 5pm
There was significant disruption to all cross-Solent travel.
A yellow alert for rain, issued by the Met Office, is in force until midnight this evening.
A further warning for wind has also been issued for Friday and is valid from 12.05am to midnight.
Wightlink have problems on one of its FastCats, which has resulted in an hourly Ryde to Portsmouth service tomorrow (Thursday).
A flood alert remains in force for the Eastern Yar and the Environment Agency said that "significant floodplain inundation" is expected between Langbridge and Alverstone.
A flood warning may be issued this afternoon.
Levels around Sandown and Brading are also rising and given how wet the land is which surrounds the Eastern Yar, road flooding and the backing up of drainage ditches should be expected in both the upper and lower reaches of the Eastern Yar valley.
To report flooding or fallen trees affecting highways and to get information about sandbag availability, visit the Island Roads website or phone 822440.
You can also follow Island Roads on Twitter.
For highways updates, visit the Isle of Wight Council's social media sites on Facebook and Twitter.