Severe Gales Hit South Coast

You're being advised to check before you travel due to strong winds and heavy rain.

The Met Office has issued a weather warning for strong winds for today (Friday 8th June) and tonight, with gusts up to 40-50mph.

A gust of 79mph was recorded at the Needles on the Isle of Wight this morning.

Dorset Police say they've dealt with more than 50 reports of fallen trees.

A number of Ferry services have also been cancelled including:

Wightlink
Disruption between Lymington and Yarmouth
The service is now operating as a shuttle service following an earlier suspension. Passengers are advised to check-in as normal.

Wightlink
Delays between Portsmouth and Fishbourne
Currently operating as a shuttle service. Passengers are advised to check in as normal.

Hovertravel
Adverse weather conditions
Service suspended between Ryde and Southsea

Brittany Ferries
Tidal conditions
Cancellation between Portsmouth and Cherbourg
Friday's 15:30 sailing from Portsmouth is cancelled, as is the return 20:15 sailing from Cherbourg

Brittany Ferries
Tidal conditions
Cancellation between Portsmouth and Caen
Friday's 07:00 sailing from Portsmouth is cancelled, as is the return 12:15 sailing from Caen

Brittany Ferries
Tidal conditions
Cancellation between Poole and Cherbourg
Friday's 07:00 sailing from Poole is cancelled, as is the return sailing from Cherbourg at 11:30

Red Funnel's car ferry service is running but might meet delays.

Meanwhile, The Highways Agency, which operates and maintains motorways and some major A roads in England, is working closely with the Met Office to monitor weather conditions and maintain safe roads and reliable journeys.

Drivers are advised to plan their journeys before they set out, checking the forecast and traffic conditions, to leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and to delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

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