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UPDATED: SEVERE GALE FORCE WINDS EXPECTED ON THE ISLE OF WIGHT ON TUESDAY


IW Met Service have issued yet another yellow weather warning for strong winds for the Isle of Wight, with the latest bout expected to hit within the next 24 hours or so.

Forecasters say that a spell of severe gale force and southwesterly winds will develop during the early hours of tomorrow morning (Tuesday) with gusts of up to 65mph likely on exposed coasts and over the hills. Gusts of up to 50mph are expected in less exposed areas.

However, between 11:00 and 14:00 tomorrow it seems likely that a short spell of even stronger winds may develop for a time with gusts of up to 70mph expected. These strong winds will be accompanied by a spell of very heavy rain before the winds turn northwesterly and maintain their strength for a short time (up to an hour) before easing.

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Motorists are warned that driving conditions during the late morning/early afternoon spell will be very poor with lots of surface water and spray, as well as the risk of falling debris due to the strong winds.

The weather warning is in place from 01:00 until 15:00 tomorrow.

On Wednesday, a spell of gale or severe gale force westerly winds will develop with exposed hills and coasts seeing gusts up to 65mph. There is the potential of of a few travel disruptions or delays although this will mostly effect the Solent.

The second warning is in force from 01:00 until 16:00 on Wednesday.

Yesterday (Sunday) gusts of up to 63mph were seen on the Island which resulted in a number of trees being brought down and cross-Solent travel severely disrupted.

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