Strong winds cause more travel problems

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STRONG winds and spring tides are causing problems for local vessels.

Stormy weather around the Port Soif area earlier this week.

An orange wind warning was issued for today and tomorrow, with force eight to nine west-by-northwest winds predicted. Combined with spring tides, which are set to peak at 9.1m at about 7am tomorrow, this has created problems on the water.

Condor cancelled the Commodore Clipper, Condor Liberation and Condor Rapide sailings between the islands, UK and France today and tomorrow.

In a rare step, the Channel Chieftain, which brings the national newspapers from Jersey to Guernsey, has also been cancelled.

Iris Freight CI managing director David Nuth said they had managed to sail during Monday's bad weather, but the bigger tides at this end of the week put the sea conditions outside their safe limits.

'There is a line that has to be drawn,' he said.

'We hope people will understand.'

He added that Saturday morning's sailing, when the tide is set to peak at 9.2m at 7.30am, was also looking in doubt. A final decision will be made tomorrow.

A Guernsey Met Office spokesperson said it was predicted that the wind would start to die down tomorrow night to about a force four to five, but it would be gusty over the weekend.

The Guernsey Press, which is printed in Guernsey, will available as normal.

Juliet Pouteaux

By Juliet Pouteaux
News reporter

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