Ronaldsway Met office has issued a yellow weather warning for most of Wednesday and Thursday morning with the island set for prolonged and heavy downpours.
The Met Office say: ‘A band of persistent rain will arrive from the northwest tonight, becoming slow-moving over the island during Wednesday and Thursday, with some heavy downpours expected at times.
‘The rain will also be accompanied by a strong to gale force south to southwest wind, giving gusts widely of 40-45mph, but up to 50mph in more exposed spots, causing leaves to be blown off trees. Rainfall amounts throughout the period are likely to be around 40-60mm quite widely across the island, but with 60-90mm possible over the hills. This amount of rain will create difficult driving conditions, with standing water developing on the islands roads, as well as a risk of some localised flooding caused by drains which will have become blocked due to fallen leaves. There remains some uncertainty regarding the exact position of the rain band on Thursday, and this warning will be monitored, updated and extended if necessary.’
The warning is in place from 2am on Wednesday until 12pm Thursday.
The Packet says that tonight’s 7.45pm sailing to Heysham, as well as all of tomorrow’s sailings are now facing potential disruption.