The Isle of Wight has felt the full force of Storm Imogen today (Monday) with the highest wind speed in the country recorded at The Needles.

The Met Office says gusts of 96mph were recorded at Alum Bay – 13mph higher than Pembrey Sands in South Wales.

Twitter: @MetOffice
Twitter: @MetOffice
Throughout the day, cross-Solent ferry travel has been affected, with Hovertravel, Red Funnel and Wightlink all reporting disruptions to their services.   Hovertravel has been suspended all day, while the Red Jet has recently resumed a shuttle service. Wightlink’s Yarmouth to Lymington also had cancellations this afternoon.   Meanwhile, a family in Northwood had a lucky escape when roof tiles were blown off in the high winds, landing on a car and smashing the windscreen.  
Picture by Siobhan Kearns
Picture by Siobhan Kearns
Picture by Siobhan Kearns
Picture by Siobhan Kearns

There’s also been reports of power cuts, affecting several parts of the Island including Shanklin, Luccombe, Thorness and Cowes. And in Shalfleet, 324 homes were without power.
In Cowes, several cars were swamped by huge waves on the seafront.
Meanwhile, a fallen tree blocked the road at the bottom of Cowleaze Hill near Shanklin, causing disruption to Southern Vectis bus services. A tree also fell at Noke Common, near Newport.

Picture by Shane @ HSS
Picture by Shane @ HSS
  High tides were also seen in many coastal towns, including Sandown, Shanklin and Ventnor.
Shanklin Esplanade by Peter White
Shanklin Esplanade by Peter White
Picture by Jude in Gurnard
Picture by Jude in Gurnard
Sandown by Jill Holland
Sandown by Jill Holland

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