Wind and rain: latest travel news and updates

By a County Press reporter

Published on Saturday, February 15, 2014 - 18:20


Wind and rain: latest travel news and updates

Flooding has hit areas across the Isle of Wight. Picture courtesy of Shane Thornton.


Met Office amber warning for wind and yellow warning for rain are in place for parts of today (Friday) into tomorrow.

The wind warning is in place from 6pm tonight to 10am tomorrow (Saturday), while heavy rain is forecast throughout today, until *8pm tomorrow.

The Met Office warned of gusts of wind of around 80mph and large waves, while around 20mm of rain could fall in many areas and up to 40mm in some parts.

For a full list of road closures and flooding, click here.

We will update this page with the latest travel updates and news. Most recent updates will appear at the top.



214 properties on the Isle of Wight are still without power as a result of the bad weather, according to Scottish and Southern Electric Power Distribution.


Hovertravel have announced return to full winter timetable.


Red funnel services now all running to timetable. Southern Vectis say that apart from situation at Cowes Pontoon and Morton Common which is still closed due to flooding, all other routes operating to schedule. Route Two and Route Three diverted via Yaverland and Yarbridge.


Yarmouth RNLI lifeboat say the boat's berth badly damaged during last night's storm. The lifeboat has been moved to a new berth.


Southern Vectis report Route One not serving Red Jet terminal at Cowes due to emergency electrical work.

Isle of Wight Roads Policing unit has warned drivers that Morton Common Road is closed due to flooding and moving signs to ignore the closure can lead to a fixed penalty fine of £50.

Reports of power cuts affecting following areas, according to Scottish and Southern Electric Power Distribution:

Contact 0800 072 7282 for more information.

Wightlink's Portsmouth to Fishbourne and Ryde to Portsmouth passenger service running to schedule. Yarmouth to Lymington running with 20 minute delays.

Hovertravel service suspended.

Red Funnel Services, including the Red Jet, have resumed this morning.

Wind speeds reached 104mph at The Needles, according to Yarmouth RNLI Lifeboat.

Morton Common is closed due to flooding. Southern Vectis Routes 2 and 3 are diverting via Yaverland and Yarbridge.

There are trees down in Manor Road, Wroxall, where Island Roads is waiting for SSE engineers to attend to deal with a power cable problem.

Tree reported down in Alpine Road, Ventnor.

For latest road closure information, click here.

There has been a report of a power cut in the Ningwood area.

Cowes High Street has flooded, as shown in the picture below, courtesy of @Sandownlifeboat via Twitter. Pubs have closed and there have been reports of some properties losing power in the area.
Cowes High Street


All Red Funnel services have now been suspended. The floating bridge service connecting Cowes with East Cowes has been suspended due to the high tide. The service will begin again in the morning. There has been severe flooding in the centre of Yarmouth and Egypt Point to Gurnard is 1ft deep in water and likely to get deeper. Island Roads warning to avoid the area. 


Newport police advising not to travel unless in an emergency. High winds across the Island and fallen trees. West Wight police report the quayside at Yarmouth now flooding and the roundabout will be next.


Southern Vectis say due to downed tree at Rookley, all route three are diverting via Merstone towards Godshill. A large tree is blocking main road Arreton to Apse Heath by chilli farm. West Wight police warn Totland Bay is a dangerous place to be either on foot or by car.


Red Funnel reports Red Jet service still suspended. Passengers advised to use Red Funnel's vehicle ferry

West Wight police have reported that the sea is flooding over sea defences at Freshwater Bay and flooding the road.

Wightlink's Ryde-Portsmouth FastCat is running a shuttle service due to the adverse weather. Crossings are on a trip by trip basis.

Isle of Wight Council advises homeowners in Undercliff area to consider leaving their homes, due to threat of ground movement.

Wightlink is operating its Fishbourne to Portsmouth service on a trip by trip basis.

Wind speeds reached 99mph at the Needles last night (Thursday) according to the Met Office. Force 10 gusts, around 60mph, have been recorded mid-Solent this evening, according to Bramblemet.

Red Jets have been suspended however Red Funnel car ferries are continuing to run.

Route 3 Southern Vectis services are running normally now, after a fallen tree was cleared from the road at Upper Bonchurch.

Fallen tree has been cleared from Cowleaze Hill.

Hampshire police have urged drivers to slow down during high winds, which can affect a driver's control of their vehicle.

Flooding at Coppins Bridge has cleared, according to Island Roads.

Wightlink has recommended passengers planning to travel via Yarmouth tonight, transfer to the Fishbourne to Portsmouth route instead. Yarmouth to Lymington remains suspended.

Highwood Lane, Rookley, flooded, as shown in the photograph below, courtesy of @wightbuoy, via Twitter.
Highwood Lane

Island Line train services have been suspended due to flooding.


Flood warnings have been issued for Bembridge, Ryde and Monktonmead Brook.


Coppins Bridge, Newport has started to flood. 


Flood warnings have been issued for Yarmouth, Cowes, East Cowes, Newport, Gurnard, Wootton, Seaview and Spring Vale. 


Yarmouth to Lymington Wightlink service has been suspended due to high winds. 


Southern Vectis Route 8 now operating, with care.


Portsmouth to Fishbourne Wightlink service is running 45 minutes behind schedule.


Merstone Lane and Chapel Road have been closed due to flooding, according to Island Roads.


Latest road closure information from Island Roads, issued at 14:20

Roads closed due to flooding:

Harding Shute, Ryde

Blackwater Road / Blackwater Hollow, Newport

Calbourne Road, Calbourne  (by Calbourne Mill)  

Roads flooded but passable with care:

Sandown Road, Arreton (near Topline Windows / Wight Building Materials)

Elenors Grove / Quarr Hill, Binstead

Sandy Lane, Gatcombe

Main Road, Brighstone (by the 3 Bishops Pub)

Yarmouth Road (between Newport and Bouldnor

Smallbrook Lane, Ryde

Dodnor Lane, Newport

Walkers Lane, Shorwell

Merstone Lane, Merstone

Whippingham Road, Whippingham

Shalfleet Road, Shalfleet

High Street, Freshwater

Warlands Lane, Shalfleet

Wilmingham Lane, Freshwater

Main Road, Thorley

High Street, Bembrige

Beaper Shute, Ryde

Briddlesford Road (by the Tip), Newport

Princelett Shute, Newchurch

Canteen Road, Whiteley Bank

High Street, Carisbrooke

High Street, Wootton (by The Sloop)

Colemans Lane, Porchfield

Whitwell Road, Whitwell

Salters Road, Binstead

Culver Parade

Granville Road, Totland

Elm Road, Calbourne

Town Lane, Chale

High Street / Coach Lane, Brading


Island Roads has warned drivers to take extreme care on the roads and only travel if essential this afternoon. New reports of flooding are being received every few minutes.

The Isle of Wight Council has said a flood alert has been issued for Monktonmead Brook. For information and advice call Floodline on 0345 988 1188.

Southern Vectis has said that due to flooding, Route 2 will not serve Merstone and will divert via Rookley in both directions.


Island Roads has warned of flooding in the following Eleanors Grove and Quarr Hill.

It said the following roads were heavily flooded, and urged drivers to avoid them: Granville Rd, Totland, Culver Parade, Sandown, Elm Road, Calbourne and Sandown Road (near Topline Windows/Wight Building Materials).


Water levels have been rising at Gurnard Marsh, as shown in the photograph below (taken at 13:00), courtesy of @WightBuoy, via Twitter.

Gurnard Marsh

Water on the road between Newport and Yarmouth, as shown in the photograph below, courtesy of @ARoweOfficial, via Twitter.

Newport to Yarmouth


Southern Vectis has reported delays on Routes 4 and 9 due to water on the road at Quarr Hill.

Island Roads has made sandbags available from:

Newport Quay

Caesars Road, Newport

Moa Place, Freshwater

The Sloop, Wootton

Marsh Road, Gurnard.


Blackwater Road/Blackwater Hollow has been closed due to flooding and mud on the road according to Island Roads.

There is a large amount of surface water at the junction of West Street and Whitwell Road in Godshill, according to residents.

A flood warning has been issued for the Eastern Yar, by the Environment Agency, according to the Isle of Wight Council.


The Met Office has extended its warning for rain tomorrow (Saturday). It original forecast heavy rain until 6am, however it has now extended that until 8pm.


Island Roads is to make sandbags available from Moa Place, Freshwater, according to the Isle of Wight Council. It follows a flood alert issued for the Westerm Yar.


Island Roads has said it has received reports of flooding across the Isle of Wight and urge drivers to take extra care.

Affected areas include Coppid Hall Farm, Smallbook Lane, Beaper Shute and between Newport and Yarmouth, on Forest Road and Bouldnor Road.

A van has come off the road at Bullys Hill, Brading, however no-one is believed to have been injured.

A flood alert has been issued by the Environment Agency for the Western Yar according to the Isle of Wight Council. It said flooding was possible for the Western Yar through Freshwater.


Wightlink is running a coach shuttle service to take FastCat customers between Ryde Pier and Fishbourne car ferry port. Coaches are leaving at xx20 and xx40. The FastCat service is currently suspended.


Reports of flooding along Sandown Road, junction with Merston Road, Elm Road in Calbourne and Granville Road, Totland, according to Island Roads. They are investigating if the roads need to be closed.


Island Roads is investigating reports of sea water coming over sea wall at Culver Parade, Sandown, and it was considering whether the road needed to be closed.


Wightlink's Fast Cat service has been suspended due to high winds and tidal conditions.


Hovertravel services have been suspended.


All cross-Solent services are operating to timetable.

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