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HEAVY RAIN LASHES THE SOUTH COASTResidents across the Island are urged to be prepared for hurricane-strength winds on Monday as the storm ‘St Jude’ makes its way towards the UK.

Winds of up to 90mph are predicted for the South, especially in coastal areas such as the Isle of Wight. The storm is being classed as hurricane strength and has led to an amber weather warning being issued by the Met Office.

Locals are urged to ‘batten down the hatches’ with a strong chance of falling trees as well as damage to buildings and other structures, bringing disruption to transport and power supplies, should the storm hit as planned.

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floodingbradingAs well as the high winds, around 30mm of rain is set to fall in the area leading to flash flooding similar to that experienced on Tuesday night. The land is likely to be already saturated by Sunday evening with predicted heavy rain showers throughout the weekend.

At this early stage there is uncertainty about the timing, intensity and track of the storm. Cross-Solent operator Wightlink are urging customers to monitor the latest forecast on Monday, however they say there are currently no timetable changes planned.

Join IslandEcho throughout the weekend for continuing coverage as the storm approaches our shores and stay connected on Sunday night and overnight into Monday morning for the latest travel and weather updates across the Isle of Wight.

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