SUNDAY'S Cowes Food Show at the Red Funnel Pontoon has been cancelled as the Isle of Wight batons down the hatches for the approaching St Jude Storm.
The Met Office has issued an amber alert for much of the south, including the Island, for tomorrow (Monday) but weathermen expect the storm to reach Isle of Wight shores by this evening.
An amber alert may mean structural damage and hazardous conditions.
Winds of up to 80mph and as much as an inch and a half of rain are predicted.
The AA is expecting travel disruption across the South on Monday morning, due to surface water and spray.
Red Funnel, food show organiser, says it has made the decision to cancel for health
and safety reasons, as the event was due to take place under canvas.
The ferry firm has organised a bumper two-day Christmas food show, in the same location, for December 14 and 15.