STORMY weather is expected in the run up to Christmas, with weather warnings issued for the Isle of Wight for today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday).
*Power cuts and tree falls are being prepared against as the stormy weather on the Isle of Wight intensifies.
SouthernElectric Power Distribution (SEPD) has mobilised engineers and supportstaff to anticipate any damage caused to power lines.
The company has also organised extra call handlers to give customers advice.
SEPD has urged people to stock up on batteries and to boil some water for a thermos, should a power cut hit.
Island Roads has also mobilised its teams.
Aspokesperson said: "We have additional teams on standby to support thenew Flood Response Unit we have recently acquired and also our gullyemptying and road sweeping teams."
"We have also ensured our sandbag stocks have been replenished.
"Furthermoreadditional tree specialists are on standby should the expected highwinds bring down trees onto the highway network."
Island Roads has already been called into action, dealing with tree falls on Ocean View Road in Ventnor, Undercliff Drive in St Lawrence, and others.
Sandbagsare available from Daish Way, Newport, St Mary’s Road car park, Cowes,River Road car park, Yarmouth and Simeon Street, Ryde.
The Met Office have issued an yellow "be aware" warning for wind from now until midnight. It has been upgraded to an amber "be prepared" warning from midnight tonight until 6am on Christmas Eve.
It has further issued an amber "be prepared" warning for rain from today until 7am tomorrow.
The Met Office said: "A spell of heavy rainfall is expected to affect parts of southern England and South Wales during Monday. This will fall onto saturated ground and lead to a risk of some flooding.
"Southwesterly gales and locally severe gales will continue across southern and eastern parts of England during Monday night, but are expected to strengthen further across parts of southeast England during the early hours of Tuesday, with gusts of 65-75 mph inland and 75-85 mph along exposed coasts.
"The winds will ease from the west by (Tuesday) morning.
"The public should be prepared for the likelihood of some significant disruption due to the combined hazards of heavy rainfall and high winds."
The Met Office chief forecaster added: "A deep area of low pressure in the Atlantic will bring strengthening winds to England and Wales on Monday, especially southern parts. Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely inland, with 70-80 mph gusts possible along windward coasts, especially along the English Channel."