By Mark Duell
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All rail traffic on the Isle of Wight was suspended
Due to severe flooding, all services on the Island Line on the Isle of Wight were suspended until the end of the day.
The route, which is part of the South Western Railway network, normally runs from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin.
Instead, passengers on lines 2 and 3 between Ryde and Shanklin must use Southern Vectis buses, which have ticket acceptance.
Isle of Wight “seems to have sunk overnight”
Isle of Wight residents say the island “appears to have sunk overnight” amid major flooding that triggered a last-minute amber warning from the Met Office:
Video shows severe flooding on the Isle of Wight
As the Isle of Wight wakes up to massive amounts of rain overnight, this video shows severe flooding in Newport on Fairlee Road in Binfield Corner:
Five centimeters of rain in six hours on the Isle of Wight
We are now hearing more details about the severe flooding on the Isle of Wight overnight.
The island is at the center of a Met Office Amber Warning Area, which is in operation until 8am this morning. 60 mm (2.4 inches) of rain reportedly fell in six hours.
The Environment Agency has issued two flood warnings for Ryde and Newport and five flood warnings as there are concerns of further heavy rainfall this morning.
The railway tunnel between Ryde St John’s and Ryde Esplanade is completely submerged with around 30 feet of floodwater, reports the Island Echo
Break: Severe flooding on the Isle of Wight
We hear there was significant flooding on the Isle of Wight overnight, as these photos from Island Echo editor Darren Toogood show:
Environment Minister Therese Coffey risked ridicule when she appeared to blame the wrong type of rain for the devastating floods following Storm Babet.
During questioning by MPs, the Cabinet minister suggested Britain was less prepared for recent rains because the rain was coming from the east rather than the west.
Read the full story from MailOnline political correspondent Greg Heffer:
What happened during Storm Babet?
At least nine people are believed to have died in incidents linked to Storm Babet, while hundreds have been forced to flee their homes in Scotland and England.
According to the Environment Agency, around 1,250 properties in England were flooded during the storm.
A total of 13 areas broke their daily precipitation records for October last week.
These included sites in Suffolk, South Yorkshire, Lincolnshire, Wiltshire, Kincardineshire, North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Northumberland, Derbyshire and Humberside.
Heavy rain for commuters in London in the morning
It was another wet start to the day for commuters in London. Photos were taken this morning showing rail passengers waiting for trains at Maze Hill station:
What is the UK forecast for this week?
Here is the weather forecast for Great Britain issued by Meteogroup UK:
- TODAY: Light rain is expected across much of eastern Scotland during the morning and afternoon, but most of the UK will experience dry and pleasant conditions with even some sunny spells. A few showers are expected in the southeast of England early this morning. Spotty cloud. There is also predominantly light wind blowing
- MORNING: Tomorrow is widely expected to be a wet and cloudy day, with isolated showers across the UK, becoming heavy in places, particularly over Scotland and Wales. In the south there may occasionally be a clear phase during the afternoon, allowing for a sunny phase. Gentle winds
- FRIDAY: Light showers on Friday, although there will be persistent rain across most of Scotland. A fairly pleasant Friday evening for the south as it will be mostly dry.
- SATURDAY: There will be patchy clouds and showers on Saturday, but conditions will be drier across England during the first half of the day. Moderate wind
Met Office UK weather forecast this morning
The Met Office has warned that heavy rain could cause “flooding and traffic disruption” in southern England today – although the fog is expected to clear later.
Here’s a map published last night showing the UK forecast for this morning:
Concerns about travel delays this morning
Met Office forecaster Craig Snell said the wet weather meant there could be “potential travel delays and poor driving conditions” this morning.
He added: “If we start on Wednesday morning there could be a lot of spray on the roads and difficult driving conditions. “There could also be delays on public transport.”
He said the weather was “more typical” of October than that of Storm Babet, adding that the storm was “fortunately long over.”
Mr Snell continued: “Firstly, it could be a difficult rush hour, but the rain will stay out of the way and it certainly won’t be anywhere near the extent of what we have seen further north.”
Brits woke up to another miserable start this morning, with heavy rain and fog expected to cause further chaos across the country. Here’s the full story on MailOnline:
The Met Office fog warning applies to England
In addition to the rain warnings, a yellow fog warning was issued by the Met Office just before 3am overnight – and is in effect until 11am this morning.
Meteorologists predicted the fog would be “dense in places” and cause disruption.
The warning covers the east of England, from East Anglia to north of Hull, and extends across the Midlands to north east Wales and north west England around Manchester.
Yellow warning for rain until 10am
The yellow warning follows a yellow warning for rain across the south of England and Wales from 6pm last night until 10am this morning, which remains in place.
The Met Office said 15mm (0.6in) to 25mm (1in) of rain was likely to fall across much of the south coast of England and south Wales within this warning area.
Some areas along the Bristol Channel and English Channel could see 50mm (2 inches) to 60mm (2.4 inches) of rain, but forecasters said this would be very localized.
Met Office issues a yellow warning today
A warning of fresh amber weather has been issued along the south coast of England. Flooding and disruption is forecast for this morning.
The yellow warning came into force shortly after 6am without notice and will last until 8am, covering large parts of Hampshire including Southampton and Portsmouth.
The Isle of Wight lies in the middle of the warning area, with 30 mm (1.2 in) to 40 mm (1.6 in) of rain likely and in some places 70 mm (2.8 in) to 80 mm (3. 1 inch) are possible.
Welcome to MailOnline’s Storm Babet live blog
Good morning and welcome to MailOnline’s live blog on the ongoing impact of Storm Babet.
The Met Office has issued further rain warnings while flood warnings remain in place after the storm brought heavy rain, flooding and strong winds to the UK.
Follow MailOnline throughout the day today for the latest weather forecasts.