Bin lorry blown over as Storm Brendan rocks Isle of Man

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Bin lorry on its side with emergency services personnel on the scene
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The driver of the bin lorry was treated by medical staff following the incident in Onchan

Gusts of up to 70mph resulting from Storm Brendan have caused major travel disruption on the Isle of Man.

A bin lorry was blown over in Douglas leaving the driver in need of medical treatment, Manx police said.

Driving conditions on the island were described by the Met Office as "treacherous" and flights from Ronaldsway Airport were cancelled.

A number of roads were closed earlier and an amber weather warning was in place until 17:00 GMT.

High winds also brought down several trees in areas including Lauren Bank, Bishop's Court and on the Old Castletown Road.

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Douglas Promenade was battered by waves during high tide

The Department of Education, Sport and Culture (DESC) warned that school pick-up times could be affected but school facilities would remain open until buses could "safely collect children".

A DESC spokesman said the "safest place for children is inside" until the conditions subsided.

Several coastal roads were closed until 16:00 amid fears of debris being washed onto the carriageway.

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Laxey Promenade was also hit waves and debris

High-sided vehicles were banned from using the Mountain Road during the gales, while other drivers were warned of a partial landslip on the carriageway.

Monday's morning ferry crossings between the Isle of Man and Lancashire, and its 14:15 return were cancelled.

Monday's 19:45 ferry crossing from Douglas to Heysham, and its overnight return, are expected to leave as scheduled.

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