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Severe weather to hit IoM this evening

Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

The MET Office has issued an Amber weather warning for the Isle of Man this evening.

Heavy rainfall and risks of flooding are expected across the island.

It comes as Storm Aileen is set to bring winds of up 75 miles per hour to parts of the UK.

Passengers booked on this evening's sailings from Douglas to Heysham at 20:30 and Heysham to Douglas at 02:15 are subject to disruption or cancellation.

A final decision will be issued by the Steam Packet at 17:30.

More info can be found on the company's website.

Storm Aileen is moving eastwards across the British Isles today, to affect the Isle of Man and Irish Sea this evening and at first tonight bringing persistent heavy rain. Whilst amounts are uncertain average rainfall is expected to amount to 25-35mm quite widely across the island but with the risk of 40mm or more possibly over the hills, causing flooding.

– www.gov.im/transport/floodwatch

Commonwealth baton tours the Isle of Man

Minister of Education and Sport Graham Cregeen, youth athletes Joseph Reid and Erika Kelly. Credit: ITV

The Queen's baton has arrived on the Isle of Man. It's touring 71 nations and territories ahead of the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The tour takes in over 200,000 miles before reaching the Gold Coast ahead of the opening ceremony in April 2018.

Today it arrived at the National Sports Centre in Douglas. It was handed over from Minister of Education and Sport Graham Cregeen to promising future Commonwealth athletes Erika Kelly and Joseph Reid.

Baton celebrated by youth athletes Credit: ITV

The baton will continue its journey tomorrow, find out where to spot it here.

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IoM ferry crashes into pier causing long delays

Credit: Steam Packet Co.

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company's ferry the Manannan crashed into Douglas Harbour last night.

Passengers travelling to Liverpool were facing delays after the 07:30 sailing and the 11:15 return crossings were cancelled.

The operator said the Manannan "made contact" with the quay while attempting to berth at about 22:00.

No passengers were injured, but people have expressed their annoyance via social media.

Following last night’s incident involving fast craft Manannan, staff from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company workshop have been working on repairing the damage.

The company anticipates that this work will be completed by early this evening and, following the necessary approval by Isle of Man Ship Registry surveyors, Manannan will then operate to the following revised schedule:

Friday 18th August

Douglas to Liverpool 15.00hrs will now depart at 20.00hrs and passengers are asked to check in no later than 19.00hrs.

Liverpool to Douglas 19:15hrs will now depart at 00.30hrs Saturday 19th August and passengers are asked to check in no later than 23.00hrs Friday 18th August.

Ben-my-Chree sailings are operating as scheduled and it is anticipated that Manannan schedules will return to normal tomorrow.

In addition, freighter Clipper Ranger will be brought in to operate an extra sailing tonight, which will create space for passenger vehicles on the Ben-my-Chree’s service which departs Heysham at 02:15hrs, Saturday 19th August.

The Steam Packet Company apologises for any inconvenience caused by this rescheduling.

– Spokesperson from the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company
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