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Great Storm of 2015

Bushy's Beer Tent (picture by Brian Duffy)

Beer Tent damaged in record June winds

The severe weather has wreaked havoc on the Island's roads.

 

The Met Office says it recorded the strongest ever wind in June at Ronaldsway, at 58 mph - on the first day of the month.

 

Wind speeds over higher ground are said to have reached 80 mph. 

 

The Mountain Road is closed until 7.30am tomorrow (Tuesday 2 June) at the earliest.

 

Peveril Road in Peel has been closed due to the risk from the petrol station canopy that has become precarious - police say the road will remain closed until at least 8am.

 

Due to the severe winds causing damage to the roof of the petrol station in Peveril Road in Peel(next to Gayles fayre) a...

Posted by Isle of Man Constabulary Western Neighbourhood Policing Team on Monday, 1 June 2015

 

Campers arriving on the Island had good reason to be daunted by the weather:

As the rain worsened, a number of social media groups sprang up to offer help from residents, with one Twitter hashtag campaign quickly catching on:

Earlier, trees blew down on the TT course at Ballacraine, damaging traffic lights at the busy junction, as well as at the Ginger Hall, and Glen Auldyn.

And the response from the public and the Island's emergency services proved a hit both on and off-Island.

Meanwhile, overhead cables were blown down on the Poortown Road near Peel and the Manx Electricity Authority said it had a number of reports of areas without power.

It urged people to contact it if they discovered their power is out: you can contact them on 687687

Race equipment such as hay bales and signs were damaged or moved at The Raven in Ballaugh and at Church Bends on the Billown Circuit. Also badly hit was the TT paddock.

 

Both the Manx Electric Railway and Snaefell Mountain Railway curtailed services, bringing forward last tram departures from Douglas and  Ramsey.

 

Within a few hours, the worst was over.

 

There was some good news for bikers and locals, however - despite being damaged and closed during the storm, Martin Brunnschweiler of Bushy's Brewery said the Beer Tent on the Bottleneck Car Park would reopen on Tuesday afternoon.

 

Tuesday's forecast predicts some outbreaks of rain early in the morning, then mostly dry in the afternoon with some sunshine and maybe a scattered shower later on. 

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