Stormy weather on the way

By a County Press reporter

Monday, December 23, 2013

 

Stormy weather on the way

Picture courtesy of Alisha Hutchinson

*Updated 14.51

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."

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by Russell Palin

23rd December 2013, at 22:14:15

The weight of the ground water will cause slips, so be prepared.
The pictures I am seeing are indicative of weight in the valleys and depressions. Be careful folks.

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by Russell Palin

23rd December 2013, at 22:03:20

Sorry aught to say that an understanding of the principles of transmitting electrical power over land in bad weather is advised.

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by Russell Palin

23rd December 2013, at 22:01:42

jan hickman http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk this is the first site.
But locally I do not have a clue.

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by jan hickman

23rd December 2013, at 21:08:48

What's the number for power cut updates or reports please?

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by Russell Palin

23rd December 2013, at 16:40:50

I drove over white cliff at Afton earlier on the military road and got hit by small pieces of chalk blown off of the cliffs, pretty dramatic weather in store tonight, if we still have power tomorrow I will be surprised.
I shall not be driving till this is over.
The sea in Freshwater bay is furious and the stream at Compton is blowing back up the hill....
Classic weather, good luck every body.

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by Owen Burson

23rd December 2013, at 15:57:57

"70-80 mph gusts possible along windward coasts" - Blimey, what's it going to be like on the lee shore/coast - the one that's actually facing the wind that is!

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by David Blackford

23rd December 2013, at 14:00:03

South cones hoisted - I wonder what that means

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by T Rollingsworth

23rd December 2013, at 11:19:03

Batten down the hatches, a storms'a'coming!
It's ok for you non-commuters who can stay inside with your cuppa, I have to get on a tin-raft and make the voyage across to yonder mainland. If it's anything like last year it will feel more like a D-Day landing

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by LOUIS FITZPATRICK-ROBERTSON

22nd December 2013, at 13:44:12

Bad luck Cowes!

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by Russell Palin

22nd December 2013, at 10:46:43

That's right David it will slip, nothing to stop it.
I shall walk over there this afternoon and see what the rain overnight and this morning has done to it, I suspect the movement has increased and will be now fully visible from Shippards chine car park.
The large slip between the car park and the red cliff has got much bigger too, nearly up to the old road embankment where they put the drainage works and diverted the road in the late 90,s was it I can't remember...
Anyway the above forecast has been upgraded by the Met'O and it looks like a Christmas with a difference this year...Plenty of beach combing during the Christmas week after the gales I think. Provided the oil has gone that is.

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