High winds cause disruption

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High winds have led to cancellations and delays to ferry and hovercraft services.

Winds of up to 24mph are expected today, along with heavy rain.

Operators cancelled the Hayling Ferry and there were delays of up to 15 minutes on the Southsea-Ryde hovercraft services. All other ferry services and trains are running as normal.

The Met Office has put in place severe weather warnings across the country, with southeasterly winds expected to hit ‘severe gale force’ in the South West, parts of Wales and Scotland, throughout the day.

In a statement the Met Office said: ‘Gusts of around 65 to 75mph are expected, accompanied by persistent and at times heavy rain, while large waves may cause spray and over-topping on exposed coastlines.

‘The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport, especially to ferry crossings.’

In the Portsmouth area the wind should die down by around 2pm today but there will be heavy rain until at least Wednesday with isolated bursts of sunshine.

The maximum temperature will be 15C.