Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Storm Jonas: Ferries cancelled and trees down as 75mph winds hit island

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Image caption Police said coastal flooding is expected on Tuesday during high tides at about midday

The A18 Mountain Road remains closed and ferries to Heysham have been cancelled as winds of up to 75 mph continue to hit the Isle of Man.

Department of Infrastructure teams are working to clear fallen trees across the island with many blocking roads.

A government spokesman said the Mountain Road will be closed until 14:00 GMT with a number of coastal roads also closing at 10:30 GMT.

The Met Office said the severe gales should subside later.

Image caption The A18 Mountain Road remains closed to vehicles

The Met Office Spokesman said: "The winds are reaching speeds of up to 75mph in places leading to damage and debris on roads.

"Heavy rain could also lead to some localised flooding."

The Isle of Man Steam Packet Company has confirmed the 12:45 Douglas to Heysham crossing and 17:45 return have both been cancelled.

An announcement on their 19:45 crossing will be made later.

A number of flights between the Isle of Man and the UK have also been cancelled.

A Manx police spokesman said coastal flooding is expected around the island during high tides at about 12:00.

The government said vulnerable areas include the promenades in Douglas, Castletown, Laxey and Ramsey, as well as Fenella Beach in Peel.

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