THE Isle of Wight is preparing for gusts of more than 80mph in the early hours of tomorrow morning (Monday) when the St Jude storm is due to hit.
The Met Office issued an amber 'be prepared' weather warning earlier this week, valid for the Isle of Wight, for exceptionally strong winds. The warning is in force from 12.05am to 12pm tomorrow.
The Met Office said: "There is potential for gusts over 80 mph in the amber area, especially on exposed coasts, both in southwesterly winds ahead of the low and west to northwesterly winds behind it.
"20 to 40 mm of rain may fall quite widely within 6 to 9 hours, leading to localised flooding, especially where drainage is impeded by wind-blown debris.
"Any major storm which occurs in early autumn has the potential to cause widespread severe disruption through falling trees, structural damage, transport disruption or power cuts and possibly flooding."
Frank Saunders, Met Office chief forecaster, said: "We are confident that a severe storm will affect Britain on Sunday night and Monday. We are now looking at refining the details about which areas will see the strongest winds and the heaviest rain.
"This is a developing situation and we'd advise people to stay up to date with our forecasts and warnings over the weekend, and be prepared to change their plans if necessary. We'll continue to work closely with authorities and emergency services to ensure they are aware of the expected conditions."
An Environment Agency spokesperson said: "Seafronts, quaysides and jetties should be avoided due to the risk of overtopping by waves and wind blown shingle."
The shipping forecast for the Isle of Wight issued at 4.05am this morning (Sunday) said winds would be southwest 7 to severe gale 9, increasing to violent storm 11, perhaps hurricane force 12 later. The sea state would be rough or very rough, becoming high.
Isle of Wight Council
said it would work with Island Roads and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service on Monday morning to provide live updates on its Facebook
pages and website
The council asked residents due to have their waste collected on Monday morning not put it out before 7am due to the strong winds.
Island Roads will have additional staff on duty and on call during the storm period to respond quickly to any issues that arise affecting the highway network.
Residents can collect sandbags from:
•St Christopher House, 42 Daish Way, Newport
•Well Road roundabout, East Cowes
•St Mary’s car park, Cowes
•The junction of Westhill Road / Simeon Street, Ryde
•Bridge Road car park, Yarmouth
Southern Vectis said on its Facebook page "We are aware of the impending bad weather and will monitor and keep you updated during the course of Monday, particularly from the early morning when the winds/gales are due to hit. There may be delays if the weather is as bad as predicted and our drivers will drive to the conditions."
Cross-Solent travel is likely to be affected by the storm.
has organised a contingency plan for the possible storm disruption. The company will announce on its website
by 5.30am tomorrow if the contingency plan will be activated.
is advising customers to check its status prior to travelling. The latest information will be published on its Twitter feed @RF_Travel_News