Storms: Latest updates and travel information

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

 

Storms: Latest updates and travel information

Waves breaking at Freshwater. Picture courtesy of Sandra Thearle.

UPDATED TUESDAY 09:03

STORMS and high tides are expected to cause more problems on the Isle of Wight over the coming days.

We will update this page with the latest information, including Environment Agency, Isle of Wight Council and Met Office information.

Latest updates will appear at the top.

TUESDAY

09:03

The Met Office has extended a weather warning for southern England, including the Isle of Wight.

It said heavy showers, some of them combined with hail and thunder, would continue to affect parts of southern England until early tomorrow (Wednesday).

The chief forecaster said: "Further bands of showers running into southern counties have the potential to produce intense bursts of rain, these quickly leading to localised impacts given the very saturated ground.

"Hail will be an additional hazard associated with some of the heaviest showers. It won't be raining all the time, with some drier interludes likely but on the other hand, longer spells of rain may occur, more particularly in the southeast overnight into Tuesday and again, perhaps more widely, overnight into Wednesday.

"15 to 25 mm may fall in around 6 hours at any time through this period, with overall 36-hour totals perhaps exceeding 40 mm at a few localities."

08:25

Hovertravel will resume its service at 8.45am.

07:22
Because of the closure of Seaview Duver Routes 301 and 322 will not serve this area. They will go into Seaview and return via Nettlestone Green and Pondwell.

07:18
Latest road closure information from Island Roads:

•Cliff Path, Lake - Closed due to safety reasons

•Harding Shute, Ryde - Closed due to flooding

•Highwood Lane, Rookley - Closed due to flooding

•Landguard Road / Collingwood Road, Shanklin - Closed due to a collapsed area of road

•Morton Road, Sandown - Closed due to flooding

•Oakhill Road, Springfield and the Duver, Seaview - Closed due to flooding

•Rew Lane, Ventnor - Closed due to poor road surface

School bus diversions in place, see below for details (Monday 07:26)

MONDAY 
18:41
The Environment Agency has issued a flood warning for the Eastern Yar.

According to the EA: "Levels in the River Blackwater slowly falling again but still remain high. There are significant out of bank flows through the whole area. 

"The Met Office forecast for tonight and into early tomorrow is for further heavy showers with the potential for up to 40mm of rain. 

"If realised, this will only exacerbate the current situation so be prepared for flooding in the area. This Flood Warning will be updated at 1100hrs on Tuesday, January 7, 2014."

15:31

School bus services may be delayed as a result of flooding and road closures. Isle of Wight School Buses said Routes 330, 331, 332, 313, 315 and 407 were subject to delays as Highwood Lane was closed due to floods.

Island Roads said Rew Lane, Ventnor, had been closed because of the need for temporary repairs to its surface.

13:49

Harding Shute, Ryde, closed after a car went into a ditch concealed by water, according to Isle of Wight police. No-one injured and only one vehicle involved. Road surface potentially damaged by bad weather.

11:53

Fallen trees have been removed from the Solent by Cowes Harbour Master and other coastal units, where they have posed potential problems for boats.

Solent Coastguard reported that two were removed from the area near Red Funnel's Red Jet station on Saturday, after becoming dangerously close.

Around seven have been removed from Southampton Waters since Saturday morning.

Bembridge Coastguard and Cowes Harbour Master were the two Island units to assist in removing trees.

09:23

Latest weather warning from the Met Office:

"Heavy showers, some of them combined with hail and thunder, will continue to affect parts of southern and southeastern England at times through the rest of Monday and Tuesday. The public should be aware of the risk of further localised flooding.

"The next 36 to 48 hours will see bands of showers running into southern coastal counties and across the southeast of England in particular. These have the potential to produce intense bursts of rain, quickly leading to localised impacts given the saturated ground. Hail will be an additional hazard associated with some of the heaviest showers.  It won't be raining all the time, with a significant drier interlude for some parts through the middle of Monday."

09.00

Hovertravel services suspended, update due at 9.30am. Wightlink and Red Funnel running to schedule.

08.55

Morton Common Road is likely to remain closed for the rest of the day, according to Island Roads.

Cliff Path, Lake, is closed from Ranelagh Road, for safety reasons.

08.35

Due to a fallen tree across the entrance to Gurnard Primary School, the school and pre-school will not open until 10.30AM.

07.26
Latest road closure information from Island Roads:
•Oakhill Road, Springfield Road and Duver Road, Seaview all remain closed due to flooding.



•Landguard Road, Falcon Cross Road and Collingwood Road, Shanklin remain closed due to a collapsed area of road.



•Morton Road, Sandown is still closed today due to flooding.

Southern Vectis has diverted school bus services due to road closures:
•Due to the closure of Collingwood Road, Landguard Road and Falcon Cross Road, there are changes to the routes of the above school journeys until the roads are reopened. The diversions are as follows:

•Route 105 (AM) to operate diversion from Landguard Road via left into Carter Road, left into Regent Street, right into Atherley Road, right into North Road to rejoin normal route ahead at High Street.

•Route 105 (PM) to operate diversion from Clarendon Road via right into Regent Street / left into Carter Road to rejoin normal route turning right into Landguard Road.

•Route 312 (AM) to operate direct from High Street via North Road / Arthurs Hill to rejoin normal route ahead at A3055 Sandown Road. 

•Route 312 (PM) to operate from Wilton Park Road via left into Atherley Road, right into North Road to rejoin normal route ahead at High Street. 

•Route 313 (AM) to operate diversion from Clarendon Road via right into Regent Street / left into Carter Road to rejoin normal route turning right into Landguard Road.

•Route 313 (PM) to operate diversion from Landguard Road via left into Carter Road, left into Regent Street, right into Atherley Road, right into North Road to rejoin normal route ahead at High Street.

•Routes 331 and 407 (AM) to operate diversion from Landguard Road via left into Carter Road, left into Regent Street, right into Atherley Road, right into North Road to rejoin normal route ahead at High Street.

•Routes 331 and 407 (PM) to operate diversion from Clarendon Road via right into Regent Street / left into Carter Road to rejoin normal route turning right into Landguard Road.

Route 7 has been diverted due to roadworks.
Southern Vectis said the diversion for route 7 towards Alum Bay was Yarmouth Bus Station, River Road, Tennyson Road, right into Thorley Road, Wilmingham Lane, right into Newport Road, right into Afton Road to continue normal route. 

The diversion will operate in both directions and neither Pixley Hill or Halletts Shute will be served.

This closure, which appears have come into effect early, was due to take place from 6am to 6.30pm from January 7 to 17 and on January 20 and 21.

SUNDAY

22.38

The Met Office has this prediction for tomorrow (Monday)

"Strong winds will combine with large waves to bring the risk of coastal flooding. Winds will gust to 60 MPH or so on coasts, and locally to 70 MPH, but waves will be larger than usually associated with this strength. The public should be aware of the dangers of waves crashing onshore and over topping shore lines and sea fronts."

19.50

Environment Agency is predicting another 20mm of rainfall tonight (Sunday) and into tomorrow.

Flood warning remains in place for Langbridge and Alverstone along the Upper Eastern Yar.

The EA says that there is significant flooding in this area.

Property and road flooding is expected tonight.

A flood alert remains in place for the rest of the Eastern Yar and its tributaries from Whitwell to Bembridge.

18.28

Hovertravel has suspended its services due to the increasingly bad weather.

Island Roads has announced that The Causeway (Freshwater), Clatterford Shute (Carisbrooke), and Highwood Lane (Rookley) have all been reopened.

The wind has got stronger in the last few hours and lifeguard teams and the police are urging people to stay safe.

Southern Vectis has announced changes to school bus routes following the collapsed junction at Landguard Road, Shanklin.

School bus routes 105, 312, 313, 331 and 407 have been altered.

Route 105 AM to operate diversion from Landguard Road via left into Carter Road, left into Regent Street, right into Atherley Road, right into North Road to rejoin normal route ahead at High Street.

Route 105 PM to operate diversion from Clarendon Road via right into Regent Street / left into Carter Road to rejoin normal route turning right into Landguard Road.

Route 312 AM to operate direct from High Street via North Road / Arthurs Hill to rejoin normal route ahead at A3055 Sandown Road.

Route 312 PM to operate from Wilton Park Road via left into Atherley Road, right into North Road to rejoin normal route ahead at High Street.

Route 313 AM to operate diversion from Clarendon Road via right into Regent Street / left into Carter Road to rejoin normal route turning right into Landguard Road.

Route 313 PM to operate diversion from Landguard Road via left into Carter Road, left into Regent Street, right into Atherley Road, right into North Road to rejoin normal route ahead at High Street.

Routes 331 and 407 AM to operate diversion from Landguard Road via left into Carter Road, left into Regent Street, right into Atherley Road, right into North Road to rejoin normal route ahead at High Street.

Routes 331 and 407 PM to operate diversion from Clarendon Road via right into Regent Street / left into Carter Road to rejoin normal route turning right into Landguard Road.

15.26

The Met Office has issued this warning for Hampshire and the Isle of Wight:

"Quite widespread accumulations of 10-15 mm (of rainfall) are likely across southern areas with locally in excess of 30 mm possible over some higher ground.

This additional rainfall, following the recent very wet weather, means that the public should be aware of an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding as well as disruption to transport."

13.16

Damage in pictures:

Shanklin Slipway by Hope Beach car park

Collapsed Road in Landguard Road, Shanklin

Briddlesford Road has re-opened, but Island Roads has warned people about mud.

Clatterford Shute remains shut.

There has been a landslip on the steps leading from Cliff Path Road to Sandown Parade.

09.00

The Met Office has predicted heavy rainfall and warned of ice during the morning.

A be aware weather warning for heavy rain is in place from 9am to midnight today. The Met Office said: "Quite widespread accumulations of 10-15 mm are likely across southern areas with locally in excess of 30mm possible over some higher ground."

The Environment Agency has removed its flood alert for the Isle of Wight Coast.

The flood warning for the Langbridge and Alverstone area of the Eastern Yar is still in place, with flood alerts for the rest of the river.

Ferry services are running as usual (Hovertravel is running its winter timetable). Red Funnel has warned of potentially, deteriorating sailing conditions after 3pm today.

Morton Common was closed to pedestrians and vehicles last night. Island Roads said that water levels were knee deep in places.

SATURDAY

21.01

Roads: The following roads have been closed as per police instruction: Oakhill Road (Seaview), Duver Road (Seaview) and Springfield Court (Seaview). Residents may access these streets but are advised to take care due to debris.

Duver Road was earlier affected by tidal flooding.

Rivers: The Environment Agency's flood warning for the Upper Eastern Yar is still in place. Water levels are high and rain is expected to continue. There are flood alerts all along the Eastern Yar.

The EA has removed its warnings for Monktonmead Brook.

There is a flood alert in place for the Isle of Wight coast. The next high tide is at 03.07. The EA expects water levels to be high up on slipways and water to spill over onto nearby roads.

16.14

Island Roads have asked that drivers take heed of "Road Closed" signs.

They have also warned against driving through flood water, because of hidden dangers.

All ferry services are still operating.

15.36

Picture courtesy of Russell Keeling, shows extent of the damage at Landguard Road junction in Shanklin

15.11

Police have confirmed the road collapse in Shanklin.

The police helped Island Roads close the junction of Landguard Road and Collingwood Road, in Shanklin, just after 1pm this afternoon.

The was due to the road falling away and holes developing.

There is no indication that any vehicles were affected or left stranded.

14.36

Flood Warning for the Langbridge and Alverstone area along the Eastern Yar has been reinforced by the Environment Agency (EA).

The EA believes the river will not reach its peak until 7pm tonight.

The EA has also released a flood alert for Monktonmead Brook, Ryde.

14.15

Island Roads is reporting that Landguard Road, Flacon Cross Road and Collingwood Road have been closed due to the carriageway collapsing (MORE TO FOLLOW).

East Cowes town centre has suffered from flooding.

Oakfield Road, in Seaview, has been closed due to tidal flooding.

Clatterford Shute, Newport, and Pondwell Close, Nettlestone, have also been closed due to flooding.

Highwood Lane, Rookley, as reported earlier, remains closed, Island Roads currently dealing with oil on the road.

11.41

Round-up of Road Closures:

Highwood Lane, Rookley

Briddlesford Road.

Flooded Roads:

Wootton Common

Newport Road

New Road, Brading

Main Road, Thorley

Shide Road, Newport

Sandy Lane, Newport

Park Road, Cowes

11.21

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue services has deployed one fire engine to assist Island Roads' teams with flooding on Park Road, Cowes.

A spokesperson said: "This was a preventive measure to save properties from water running down the hill at high tide. The crew is pumping water from gardens and recreational ground to save any premises from flooding."

11.06

Hovertravel services are operating once more.

The hovercraft will be running according to the winter timetable.

10.38

Gurnard Luck, Gurnard has been issued with a flood alert by the Environment Agency.

The EA said: "20mm of rain has fallen in the last 6 hours with continuing heavy rain expected until early this afternoon. Levels in the Gurnard Luck will be very high and Garden and road flooding is expected for several hours over the high tide period which is expected at Cowes at 1251 hours today."

The EA has also issued a flood alert for the Isle of Wight Coast.

08.33

The Police and Islands Roads have closed Briddlesford Road, in Wootton, due to flooding.

The Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue service received a call at 07.54 to help rescue a stranded car on this road.

08.08
Hovertravel has suspended its service. For latest updates call (01983) 717717.

07.50
Blackwater Road junction with Blackwater Hollow area severely flooded. Island Roads has urged drivers to avoid the area.

07.38
Wightlink and Red Funnel services are operating to advertised timetables. Hovertravel operating to its winter timetable.

22.18

The Met Office has predicted a thunder storm this evening, with strong winds and heavy rain.

This coincides with an Environment Agency flood warning issued for Langbridge and Alverstone by the Eastern Yar, early on today.

The warning said: "Levels in upper Eastern Yar are stable although they are still high. Continuing showers are forecast for friday night into Saturday, some are heavy at times, potentially bringing a further 15-35mm of rain. Water levels will rise rapidly with further rainfall and properties close to the river should stay prepared for flooding."

19.48

Red Funnel has announced that its High Speed Red Jet service is now operating as normal again.

A Red Jet was due to leave Southampton at 19.15, after crossings were earlier reduced to a one-boat service.

18.46

Wightlink's Lymington to Yarmouth route is running on a trip by trip basis due to strong winds and low tides. All other Wightlink services are operating normally.

16.53

Red Funnel has suspended the 17.15 Southampton to Cowes and 17.45 Cowes to Southampton crossings due to weather conditions in The Solent.

The company is running a one-boat service leaving Cowes at xx15 and Southampton at xx45.

16:40

The Met Office has issued a 'be aware' weather warning for heavy rain for tomorrow (Saturday). The warning is in force from 00.05 to 14.00. 20-30mm of rain is likely in places according to the Met Office.

16:24

Wightlink Yarmouth to Lymington route restored after temporary suspension due to high winds and tide. Some slight delays.

16:00

Environment Agency Flood Warnings for the Isle of Wight coast, Yarmouth, Cowes, East Cowes, Newport are no longer in force according to the Isle of Wight Council.

Minor delays on Southern Vectis Routes 2 and 3 due to surface water.

15:15

Sandown Road, Bembridge, blocked by fallen tree. Closed from airport to Steyne Road roundabout, according to Island Roads.

14:54

Both lanes of St George's Approach have re-opened according to Island Roads.

14:23

Wightlink has said there are 90 minute delays on its Yarmouth to Lymington route.

The floating bridge has resumed service.

14:21

Island Roads has said one lane of St George's Approach closed and traffic control is in place. Drivers have been urged to avoid the area.

14:13

Island Roads has said there are trees down at St George's Approach, Newport, which is closed.

13:15

Wightlink has said there are 30 minute delays on its Yarmouth to Lymington route.

It said: "A combination of strong winds and unusually high tides has caused some slight flooding at Wightlink’s Yarmouth ferry terminal this lunchtime. Services to and from Lymington are delayed by 30 minutes until conditions improve.

"High tide has now passed and we expect the service to return to normal shortly.

"All other services are running to their advertised timetable."

Island Roads urged drivers to avoid the Little London area of Newport.

13:05

Island Roads has urged drivers to drive carefully near Canteen Road, Whitely Bank, where it is clearing away "lots of cauliflower."

12:39

High tide has caused problems in Cowes and East Cowes. Red Funnel has urged drivers to take care when driving near its East Cowes terminal.

Cowes RNLI's boathouse has flooded and water reached the edge of UKSA's Arctic Road HQ as shown in this photograph by Dan Hallam.

UKSA

12:20

Hovertravel has suspended services. Updates are available via (01983) 717717.

12:16

The floating bridge service is supended due to the high tide. The Isle of Wight Council will review the situation at 1.15pm.

Cars have been moved from the Sea Street car park in Newport, which has flooded.

12:08

Island Roads has advised that the Esplanade between Cowes and Gurnard has flooded due to the high tide and should be avoided.

12:03

The Met Office has updated its previous weather warning for strong winds today (Friday), forecasting heavy showers and thunderstorms, with hail and squally winds, in southern parts of England and southern and western parts of Wales during the rest of today.

It said people should be aware of the risk of disruption, particularly to travel, with the possibility of localised surface water flooding, hail temporarily covering roads and also damage from lightning strikes.

The chief forecaster said: "A deeply unstable airmass covers the UK with bands of heavy showers and thunderstorms moving northeastwards, particularly affecting southern parts of England and southern and western Wales.

"The showers could produce 5-10 mm of rain within an hour."

Reporter: iwcpreporters@googlemail.com

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