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Storm Alex closes in

Storm Alex closes in

Thursday 01 October 2020

Storm Alex closes in

Weather warnings have been issued as Storm Alex closes in on the Bailiwick.

Condor has been forced to cancel its high speed sailings, while kayak and canoe owners have been asked to remove them from beaches and slipways to avoid them being washed out to sea.

The Met Office predicts heavy showers which carry "a risk of some localised flooding" and the possibility of "severe F9 gales", with gusts of up to 70mph. 

Condor is currently reviewing its services over the rest of the weekend. 

"With predicted wind speeds of 57 knots and wave heights of 3.5m in the Channel Islands’ area, which are outside safe berthing limits, the company has cancelled high speed services on Friday 02 October between Poole, Guernsey and Jersey and from St Malo to Jersey."

Condor Rapide

Pictured: Condor said its customer contact centre and port teams are notifying passengers of the cancellations and offering alternatives where space is available.

Further disruption to services is anticipated to passenger and freight services over this weekend until Storm Alex has passed through the islands, which is expected to happen early next week.

Meanwhile Agriculture, Countryside and Land Management Services has put out its own weather warning for tonight onwards.

"F7-9 winds and a high 9.1m tide at 06:47 tomorrow [Friday] morning means that kayak and canoe owners should remove their craft pulled up at the top of beaches or on slipways to their own property by mid-afternoon today to avoid them being washed out to sea," said a spokesman. 

"The Lifeboat crew and Channel Island Airsearch volunteers have been called out for several hours at a time in Guernsey and Jersey in recent months, to search for the occupants of empty kayaks drifting at sea.

"Owners are urged to clearly mark their craft either with a permanent marker or with one of Guernsey Coastguard’s “Water-based Activity” stickers available from local water-based sporting equipment suppliers so that emergency services can check if the occupant is safe."

Pictured top: A satellite image from Jersey Met Office showing forecast wind conditions for Friday 2 October in the Channel Islands.

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