A small but rather strong area of low pressure will run across the southern half of the UK during Friday, bringing with it a spell of very strong winds.
Initially we will see strong Southerly winds of 35-45mph during the early morning in more exposed parts, but by mid morning we are expecting the winds to turn Southwesterly and increase, with gusts of 40-50mph widely and as high as 65mph in more exposed parts of the West and South of the Island.
IMPACTS AND EFFECTS
• Wind blown debris such as leaves, twigs and small branches are very likely, with the possibility of larger branches and perhaps even one or two downed trees.
• Large waves in Southern and Western parts of the island which will be hazardous to beach users and small watercraft.
• Strong offshore winds will affect Eastern and Northern parts of the island, leading to the risk of unpowered watercraft being blown off shore.
• Potential damage or loss of garden furniture
• Public transport delays and/or cancelations, especially cross Solent travel
We are currently not expecting any coastal flooding or significant overtopping of sea defences, however we may see some minor overtopping at high tide or an hour or so either side at: Colwell Bay, Totland Bay, Freshwater Bay, Steephill Cove, Ventnor, the Shanklin to Sandown revetment and also Whitecliff Bay.