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Storm force winds to batter Island again

Authorities and emergency services are warning us to prepare for another battering from the weather later.

The forecast for the Irish Sea has worsened, with winds of up to storm force 10 this afternoon and violent storm force 11 possible this evening.

A level two flood warning has been issued for Laxey, Douglas, Castletown, Carrick Bay and Port St Mary around high tide at 10pm.

That means waves are likely to break over exposed coastal areas, bringing debris and temporary flooding.

This morning's Steam Packet sailing from Douglas to Heysham was cancelled, and this evening's is in real doubt.

A decision on that one will be made by 4pm.

Meanwhile, flights are being delayed and disrupted at Ronaldsway airport.

Severe gale or storm force winds are also expected onland this evening.

The Department of Education and Children has cancelled all out-of-hours activities at its buildings.

Those who have hired facilities this evening are in the process of being contacted, but anyone with queries should call 685820.

Parents’ evenings are in the process of being postponed and schools will be in touch with parents over revised dates.

Evening classes run by the Isle of Man College Island-wide are cancelled.

On the roads, there is flooding between Bishopscourt and Ballaugh.

Flooding is also reported on the Peel to Kirk Michael coast road, north of the Devil's Elbow and Mill Road from its junction with Station Road to West Quay Bridge in Peel is closed until 4pm due to flooding. East Quay will be two way to accommodate the road closure.

Drivers are advised to take extreme caution if they are in those areas.

Department of Infrastructure staff are at the scene.

The Manx Electricity Authority had to temporarily cut supply in Greeba earlier, while it removed a tree from overhead power lines.

The MEA says it is already receiving several reports of power issues on the Island.

If you have concerns call its support team on 687687.


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