IoM recovering from ex-hurricane Ophelia

A tree blocking a road in St Mark's yesterday. Credit: Samantha Lee

The Isle of Man is recovering from the aftermath of ex-hurricane Ophelia yesterday.

Roads around the island were blocked, with the Department of Infrastructure and Civil Defence services clearing areas with approximately 130 trees down overall.

91 mph winds were recorded in the south of the island, with a number of roads closed including the Mountain Road, which re-opened at 5.30am

Exposed sea fronts were closed last night at Gansey, Fenella Beach in Peel and Port Jack in Douglas.

Manx Utilities reported disruptions to over 30 power supplies, and telecoms cables were brought down in several exposed places.

The Best Western Palace Hotel and Casino on Douglas Promenade lost part of its felt roofing, causing some alarm to residents as it fell into the car park.

An onlooker's photo of the felt roofing of the Palace Hotel and Casino landing in the car park. Credit: Blair Adamson

There was extensive damage to properties all around the Isle of Man, with reports of shed roofs blowing away as well as tiles falling off roofs.

After school clubs as well as other events across the island were cancelled, including the Gaiety Theatre's opening show of 'Sweet Charity'.

A notice on the doors of the Gaiety Theatre last night informing people of the cancelled opening night of a musical. Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV