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STORM RACHEL: ISLAND PREPARES FOR ADVERSE WEATHER

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UPDATED: Preparations are underway this afternoon (Wednesday) ahead of the arrival of Storm Rachel, which is set to engulf the Isle of Wight from 17:00 this evening.

With a yellow severe weather warning in place for both strong winds and heavy rain, the Isle of Wight looks set to be hit with travel disruption and potential damage to property between now and 09:00 tomorrow morning.

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Island Echo will be bringing you live updates throughout this evening and overnight, keeping you informed and on the move. Head over to www.islandecho.co.uk/winter for all the latest.

Island Roads say they are taking several steps to help reduce the risk of flooding.

Island Roads placing sand bags at Simeon Street Rec, Ryde

In addition to maintaining sandbag stocks at the usual locations at Simeon Street, Ryde; St Mary’s car park, Cowes and Well Road, East Cowes, the PFI contractors are putting stocks at the following locations:

– Carisbrooke High Street car park
– Seaview Duver
– Nicholas Close, Brading
– Devonia Gardens, Brading
– River Road Car Park, Yarmouth
– Newport Quay
– Moa Place, Freshwater

The use of sandbags should be restricted to the protection of access points into residential properties and a maximum of 6 per property should be adhered to – this ensures that stocks are available for other local residents.

Meanwhile district responders and cleansing teams have been carrying out additional inspections of vulnerable spots (such as trash screens), ditch clearance and gulley cleansing. Island Roads say additional resources are on standby should they be required.

A Flood Warning has been issued for the Arreton, Newchurch and Sandown areas.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency say all precautions are in place to hold the listing Hoegh Osaka with current expectations that the weather will permit salvage work to be progressed over the coming weekend.

UPDATE THURSDAY @ 09:10 – The Isle of Wight escaped the brunt of Storm Rachel overnight with conditions not as severe as first predicted.

Flooding occurred in the usual hotspots across the Island, however there have been no reports of any serious floods or flooding to property.

Island Roads dealt with several fallen trees overnight – no one is believed to have been injured.

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