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Gales predicted as Storm Diana hits Scilly

A yellow weather warning has been issued for the Isles of Scilly for today and tomorrow, with gales and rain predicted.

Storm Diana is expected to bring winds from the South South West of between 40 and 60mph until 3pm today (Wednesday November 28th). However, some weather watchers are predicting that the winds could reach 80mph.

Scilly's freight vessel Gry Maritha has been cancelled due to the forecast.

The Met Office's yellow weather warning for today (spanning 9am - 11.59pm) suggests it is "likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves", adding that there is a possibility of "some local short term loss of power and other services".

The general forecast reads: "Very windy with gales expected. It will be mostly cloudy with rain at times, but some brightness should develop later in the day. Very mild for late November."

There is also a yellow warning in place for Thursday (3am to 3pm). It reads: "Another spell of wet and windy weather is expected, with a small chance of very strong and disruptive winds... There is a slight chance of some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs... There is a slight chance that power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage... There is a very small chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown on to sea fronts, coastal roads and properties."

South Westerly winds of between 40 and 47mph are likely on Thursday.

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