STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY RAIN TO HIT THE ISLAND THIS EVENING

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Local forecasters have issued a last-minute weather warning for the Isle of Wight as strong winds and heavy rain look set to hit within hours.

Forecasters at IW Met Service say that a short spell of very strong and gusty winds, accompanied by heavy rain, is likely to affect the Island later this evening as a potential squall line is developing.

Southerly winds will gust up to 50-60mph fairly widely and possibly up to 70mph for a short time over exposed hills and coasts.

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The heaviest rain and strongest winds are expected to hit between 21:00 and 23:00 tonight but will quickly clear thereafter with much lighter winds following for a time.

There may be some temporary delays to travel and transport including cross-Solent travel for a few hours during the passage of the strongest wind and heaviest rain, with increased risk for motorists who are carrying out essential travel.

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