Strong Gales Hit Scilly

Some of the strongest winds this year have been buffeting Scilly overnight.

At 3.30am this morning, the St Martin’s weather station recorded a 90knot (103mph) westerly gust. The Sevenstones Lightship sensors reported a less dramatic, sustained, 40knot average wind strength at 5.00am.

The conditions mean St Agnes boat services have been cancelled today with operator John Peacock reporting rough seas.

And there’s disruption for visitors hoping to return home after the holidays. Heavy rain over the weekend has prevented the waterlogged grass runway at Land’s End from re-opening. Passengers will be diverted through Newquay but the strength of the cross winds at St Mary’s are preventing flying and causing disruption. Services were on hold at 10.00am.

Islanders travelling upcountry by train will also face problems with the railways north of Exeter still impassable because of flooding. High speed services from London Paddington towards Exeter St David’s and the West of England will terminate at Tiverton with onward road transport to Exeter. The line is expected to reopen on Saturday.

Services between Par and Newquay are now operating but on a reduced rail timetable.