Severe gales and heavy rain have led to adverse weather conditions across the Isle of Wight and disruption to cross-Solent travel this afternoon (Monday).
Red Funnel has announced that their Red Jet service has been suspended until further notice as it is unsafe for them to operate the West Cowes-Southampton service. The next update will be at 19:30.
Hovertravel has also suspended its Ryde-Southsea service. The next update will be at 19:00.
As previously reported by Island Echo, local forecasters IW Met Service have issued a yellow weather warning for both severe gales and heavy rain over the next 2-3 days.
Throughout this evening a spell of heavy rain is likely, culminating in a short spell of very heavy rain later in the evening.
10-15mm of rainfall is possible over a short space of time leading to the risk of localised flash flooding.
Southwesterly gusts of up to 65mph are likely for a time, with the potential for a squall line developing. If a squall line does develop the Island could see gusts of up to 70mph in places.
UPDATE @ 17:35 – Red Jet will be suspended until at least 19:45 from Southampton and 20:15 from Cowes due to adverse weather.
Further updates at 19:30.
Red Funnel apologises for the inconvenience caused to your journey.
Island Line trains have returned to normal following flooding between Ryde Pier Head and Ryde Esplanade suspended their service.
UPDATE @ 20:18 – Hovertravel remains suspended until at the earliest, Tuesday morning. Next update by Hovertravel at 05:45.
UPDATE @ 21:42 – Red Jet services have now returned to timetable.