Wind speeds of 106mph were recorded at The Needles overnight as Storm Bella hit, but the Island has escaped any serious impact.
An amber weather warning remains in force this morning (Sunday) but the peak of the storm has now passed with winds expected to ease as the day progresses.
At around 03:00, The Needles Coastwatch Station at the most westerly point of the Island recorded a gust of 106mph (92 knots) – Beaufort 12. If Bella was a tropical storm it would have been classified as a Category 2 hurricane.
No significant damage to property has been reported to date and cross-travel is running as normal, albeit to a revised COVID timetable.
A power cut is still affecting homes and businesses in the central Newport area with 13 postcodes without supply. The outage began around 00:30 but engineers have worked through the night to get most customers back on the national grid.
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Red Funnel – East Cowes ↔ Southampton – running to timetable
Wightlink – Fishbourne ↔ Portsmouth – running to timetable
Wightlink – Yarmouth ↔ Lymington – 2 hourly service
Red Jet – Cowes ↔ Southampton – Running yo timetable
Fast Cat – Ryde ↔ Portsmouth – Suspended – The Portsmouth Harbour-Ryde Pier Head FastCat service is suspended as of 26 December 2020 until further notice
Hovertravel – Ryde ↔ Southsea – running to timetable
Anormal Sunday service will operate on all routes.
All routes are running to timetable
Island Line – Shanklin ↔ Ryde Pier Head – running to revised timetable
ROAD DISRUPTION / CLOSURES
Kite Hill, near Wootton – Reports of a tree down at Kite Hill between Wootton and Fishbourne.
Yarmouth – Road closed – Reports of an incident (possible tree and electricity cables down) on the main road into Yarmouth from Newport. Police are in attendance.
Briddlesford Road, Downend – Flooding reported and branches in the road by Lynnbottom Tip
There are no reported road closures relating to Storm Bella
East Cowes – Reported flooding on the main road into East Cowes at Whippingham.
Other roads are likely to be flooded so motorists should take extra care.
There are no reported downed trees
PO30 – A power cut is affecting 13 postcodes in the PO30 area. Supply is expected to be restored by 10:15.
The Environment Agency has not issued any flood warnings.
ESSENTIAL TRAVEL The Isle of Wight and Lymington are now in Tier 3, while Portsmouth, London and much of the South East are in Tier 4. Unless travelling for essential reasons, you shouldn’t visit Tier 3 or 4 areas.