Council Closes Road At Old Town Due To Weather

Waves crashing over St Mary's quay during the storms.

In light of the latest forecasts for the remainder of today, the Council says they’re closing the road at Old Town until the morning.

This is because there are likely to be large waves overtopping the sea wall due to a combination of continued high tides and gale force winds. It’s a precautionary measure to minimise the risk of flooding.

The road will remain closed into Wednesday morning, so alternative routes should be used until further notice is given.

The Met Office has advised of three instances of severe weather in the coming days. Winds from the South and South East will pick up to speeds of between 60 and 70 mph throughout this afternoon and into the early hours of Wednesday, with gusts of up to 80mph.

On Wednesday the direction of the wind will change to South South West, becoming more Westerly towards midday. These conditions are forecast to continue until around midnight on Wednesday.

Conditions on Thursday and Friday currently show signs of being slightly better. However, winds on Saturday look set to be as bad, or even worse than, those forecast for tonight and tomorrow.

The Council is asking all islanders to exercise caution and take any necessary measures to protect their property ahead of this next round of severe weather.