MET OFFICE WARNS OF STRONG FRIDAY MORNING WINDS

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UPDATED: The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for wind this morning (Friday), which could cause disruption to cross-Solent travel.

A spell of strong winds is expected during the early to mid-morning as potent, heavy showers with a chance of hail and thunder spread eastwards across southern England.

Gusts of 45 to 50 mph are likely quite widely in and near these showers, with 60 mph gusts in places and close to 70 mph at times in the most exposed coastal locations.

Wind will go on to slowly ease through the course of this afternoon.

Hovertravel are already warning that their crossing times are extended due to the conditions on the Solent.

The warning is valid from now until 10:00 this morning.

UPDATE @ 08:32 – Hovertravel hive suspended their services this morning as a result of the high winds.

Meanwhile Red Funnel have cancelled their 09:45 car ferry sailing from East Cowes due to technical issues.

UPDATE @ 10:50 – Hovertravel services are set to resume at 11:15 from Ryde and 11:30 from Southsea.

Delays of 90 minutes are being experienced on Red Funnel’s car ferry service, but there are no other issues to report.

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