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Ferry sailings from Isle of Man cancelled with 70mph gusts forecast

Stormy seas Image copyright Peter Faragher
Image caption The Met Office predicts gusts of up to 70 mph will hit the Isle of Man later

Severe gales in the Irish Sea have forced the cancellation of ferries from the Isle of Man to the UK.

The Isle of Man Met Office has predicted gusts of up to 70 mph (112km/h) in exposed places over the next 24 hours.

The Steam Packet Company has cancelled six services between Douglas and Heysham because of the weather.

All Wednesday's sailings have been cancelled, as has the 02:15 GMT from Heysham to Douglas on Thursday.

A decision about Thursday's 08:45 service between Douglas and Heysham and the 14:15 return crossing is expected to be made a few hours before the scheduled sailing time.

Passengers are advised to contact the Steam Packet Company for more information.

The 10:15 flight from Glasgow was also cancelled due to strong winds in Scotland.

The Met Office said the gusts will be strongest in exposed places and could affect high-sided vehicles.

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