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The Isle of Wight will be battered by gusts of 70mph and up to 25mm of rain later on today (Friday).

Forecasters at the Isle of Wight Meteorological Service (IW Met Service) say gusts of up to 50mph inland and 65mph on the coast are likely, with the potential for a few 70mph gusts in the most exposed areas. 

As first reported by Island Echo, a yellow weather warning was issued locally on Wednesday afternoon. That warning is still valid and is in force from 15:00 this afternoon until 02:00 tomorrow morning.

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Islanders should expect the adverse weather to really hit from around 19:00 onwards, with the worst expected between 22:00-23:00.

IW Met Service’s weather warning reads:

“Spells of heavy rain will accompany the wind with 12-15mm of rain falling widely with the potential of 25mm locally giving a lot of surface spray on the roads and some minor flooding in the usual prone areas. 

“There will also be a lot of leaf-fall and this is likely to give some very slippery conditions on some of the roads.

“Very large waves are expected around the coasts and also another storm surge of just over 0.5 meters, and this surge combined with the spring tides may give some minor flooding in northern parts of the island as well as large over-topping waves in western, southern and eastern parts of the island during the high tide period.”

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