Storm Aileen cancels Isle of Man-Heysham ferry sailings

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Storm Aileen is likely to bring 55mph gales and torrential rain to the Isle of Man

Ferry sailings between the Isle of Man and Heysham have been cancelled later due to a warning of "severe gales" overnight.

The Steam Packet Company said the 20:30 BST sailing between Douglas and Heysham has been called off, as has the return journey at 02:15.

The Manx Met Office has issued an amber warning saying: "Storm Aileen will move across the British Isles today".

A spokesman added that "persistent rain" is expected, along with "severe gale force winds of up to 55mph (88km/h)."

Storm Aileen is expected to bring adverse weather conditions on the Isle of Man between 17:00 BST on Tuesday until 02:00 on Wednesday.

Rainfall of up to 40mm (1.6in) is expected, which Met Office officials said could cause flooding in some areas.

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