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Sailings and flights cancelled to and from IoM

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Sailings and flights between the Isle of Man and parts of the UK and Ireland have been cancelled.

Gale force winds between 55 to 65mph are expected in some areas, with a Yellow Weather Warning in place between now and 10pm.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company have cancelled the Douglas to Heysham sailing at 8.45am and the Heysham to Douglas crossing at 2.15pm.

Passengers booked on these sailings can log onto the Steam Packet website and amend, or contact reservations on 01624 661661 or 08722 992 992.

Flights currently affected flying from Ronaldsway Airport are the following:

  • 9:35 - Manchester Cancelled
  • 9:55 - Manchester Cancelled
  • 9:55 - Gatwick (delayed: info at 11:00)
  • 10:05- London CityCancelled
  • 10:10 - Liverpool (delayed: info at 11:00)
  • 10:15 - DublinCancelled
  • 10:40 - Dublin Cancelled
  • 12:15 - Liverpool Delayed
  • 12:55 - London City Cancelled

More information on flight updates can be found here.

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MET Office issues yellow weather warning for IoM

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A yellow weather warning for tomorrow has been issued by the MET Office for the Isle of Man.

Between 6am and 10pm Storm Ali will bring a spell of very windy weather with gusts of 50-60 mph possible inland. The following advice has been issued on the MET Office website:

  • Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible
  • Some damage to buildings is possible, such as tiles blown from roofs. Falling trees or branches are possible
  • Power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage
  • Injuries and danger to life from flying debris
  • Some roads and bridges may close

Coastguard investigating oil spill on the Isle of Man

Members of Ramsey Coastguard last night left absorbent booms in the corner of the harbour. Credit: Ramsey Coastguard

An oil spill has taken place in a northern town on the Isle of Man.

Last night at 5.45pm Ramsey Coastguard were called to investigate an oil pollution incident in Ramsey Harbour.

The spill, the cause of which is currently unknown, could be seen the whole length of the harbour.

Unable to find the source, the Coastguard left absorbent booms in the corner of the harbour to soak-up most of the pollution, which will be checked over the next few days.

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Hosepipe ban remains in place on the IoM due to reservoir shortages

A hosepipe ban remains in place on the Isle of Man due to levels falling in the reservoirs.

Manx Utilities say that if the rainfall average stays 14% below the previously worst recorded low point, which was in 2016, there could be problems with drinking water in early 2019.

The island's resevoirs have dry surrounding earth, which means that the ground is absorbing rainfall, rather than feeding into the reservoirs.

More information can be found via the Manx Utilities Facebook page.

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