Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Island winds force ferry cancellations

Crashing waves
Image caption Severe gales are being forecast in the Isle of Man

Winds of up to 60 miles per hour have forced ferry cancellations to and from the Isle of Man.

All sailings have been cancelled for the 23 May although the voyage scheduled for 1945 BST from Douglas to Heysham may still go ahead.

The Steam Packet Company said a sailing update will be made later in the day.

Several trees came down overnight in the north of the island and police also received a report a telegraph pole fell down in Kerrowmoar near Lezayre.

Isle of Man police have issued a warning to drivers.

"People need to be driving according to the conditions," Insp Derek Flint said.

"All the trees which came down overnight have been dealt with by the emergency services but we still need people to be careful."

'Not storm-force'

It is predicted the winds could reach speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

Colin Gartshore, of the Isle of Man Met office, said: "It is not quite storm-force but the Isle of Man is experiencing unusually high winds for this time of year, this is really something we would see happen during the winter.

"The danger is that when the trees come down in summer they come down covered in leaves which can be more problematic on the roads".

A spokesman from Ronaldsway Airport said flights to and from the island have so far been unaffected.

All ferry passengers due to travel are advised to contact the ferry reservation team on 01624 661661.

After several large trees came down at the Wildlife Park the decision has been made to close the park to visitors on Monday.

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