STORM Brendan hit the Isle of Wight with full force, leaving homes without power and trees across roads.

At 11pm, the wind was southerly gusting 71knots at 82mph, and was Hurricane Force 12 from 1pm yesterday afternoon at the Needles.

More than 150 postcodes across the West Wight lost power for several hours throughout the night — although it has been restored this morning. Godshill was also affected.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks had several outages across their region.

A large tree blocked the Middle Road last night until contractors cleared the debris.

In Ventnor, Blakes Longshoremen worked through the night to protect their beach hut, despite being prepared by boarding it up.

They said: "We've been down here most the night, although preparations were made to protect our business from tonight’s weather, which was pretty well forecasted, spot on with a slow moving cold front that had a strong southerly wind at a steady 30, gusting 50 knots for 12 hours or more leading up to high water at around 2.20am this morning which was 4.8m.

"This is the worst kind of wind direction that drives the sea onshore and straight up the beach, over the road."

The IW Fire and Rescue Service had no storm-related call-outs overnight.