ISLANDERS are being warned to prepare for heavy winds this weekend as Storm Jorge hits the Isle of Wight.

The Met Office has warned heavy wind and rain is likely from this Friday through until Sunday, with gusts of up to 70mph in coastal areas.

The storm, which was named on Thursday by the Spanish Meteorological Agency, has caused a yellow wind warning to be placed on the Island.

Chief meteorologist at the Met Office, Paul Gundersen, said: “This weekend we’ll see another named storm bring strong winds to parts of the UK with several wind and rain warnings in place.

“On Friday a band of rain associated with Storm Jorge will move across the UK.

"South-westerly winds will strengthen through Saturday morning and it’ll turn widely windy except for northern Scotland, with wind warnings in place for Northern Ireland, Wales, southern Scotland and much of England.

"Where warnings are in place gusts of 50-60mph are likely quite widely with 65-70mph possible in coastal areas, however the strongest and most damaging winds are expected across the Republic of Ireland.”

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