Heavy rain and strong winds in Brighton, Hove and Sussex affecting Christmas getaway: liveblog (From The Argus)
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Heavy rain and strong winds in Brighton, Hove and Sussex affecting Christmas getaway: liveblog
Updated 5:52pm Monday 23rd December 2013 in News
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- Amber warning for rain across the south east
- Yellow warning for wind across the south east
- Highways Agency warning of difficult driving conditions
- Ferries and trains affected by the storm
We are going to wind down this live blog now but you can follow the latest storm news with this blog within a blog:
West Pier earlier today:
Wheelie bins and other detritus likely to blown around so as well as large puddles expect the unexpected in the roads.— @roadpol_east 23 December 2013
We are advising customer to travel home as soon as possible. Please check link for further train times http://t.co/jtRr9Ikfv1— @FirstCC 23 December 2013
A259 Shoreham. Report of a brick wall collapsed onto the road by the yacht club.— @roadpol_west 23 December 2013
#UKStorm #stormyweather tree down Borth Lane #EastPreston #Sussex— @craig0austin 23 December 2013
Tree down between Bewbush And Horsham #A264 #sussex #stormyweather— @craig0austin 23 December 2013
I love this photo. I just hope it is real:
@IslandQueenPub will do - currently in Sussex so may be a treacherous walk to the pub http://t.co/fc1irBkU9X— @PerfectPintMatt 23 December 2013
The roof has been blown off the Kingsway Hotel in Worthing. Fire crews are in attendance.
The @metoffice have issued an amber warning for high winds. Speeds of up to 85mph along the coast. Only leave home if you need to #ukstorm— @ChrisGee9 23 December 2013
Our buddies at Network Rail will be imposing a 50mph speed limit from 16:00 today. Trains will also start to be thinned out for safety!— @BrightonStnCat 23 December 2013
Weather is very bad in Seaford our garden is flooding and we live on a hill— @porkynorman 23 December 2013
That is a miserable sight for any train user. And it is unlikely to get any better any time soon I'm afraid.
Cancelled services from Brighton station:
London Victoria 17:19
Bedford (via Herne Hill) 17:24
Ashford International TBC 17:30
Lewes 17:35 Cancelled
London Victoria (via Gatwick Airport)17:55
Bedford (via London Bridge) 18:03
Here is a round up of some more weather-related incidents today:
- A chimney stack has blown over and smashed through a conservatory in Rudgwick, near Horsham.
- A telegraph pole has been blown into the road on the A272 Midhurt.
- Surface flooding has been reported at Forest View, East Grinstead, with water coming up under a front door.
- A tree has blown over into a bank on Three Bridges Road, Crawley.
- Unsecure hoarding has been reported on Baker Street, Brighton.
The Christmas Day swim in Brighton has been put in jeopardy because of the severe weather:
Swimmers hoping to take part in a traditional Christmas Day dip in the sea will have to wait until next year following a decision to close the beach.
Brighton and Hove City Council will close the part of the beach where the swim takes place because of the severe weather conditions.
Last year council officials closed the beach because of "extremely dangerous" conditions which saw winds of up to 30mph, a high tide and a heavy sea swell forecast.
The swim, organised by Brighton Swimming Club every year since 1860, usually takes place near the Palace Pier at 11am and attracts scores of participants.
A council spokeswoman said: "The weather forecast for the Christmas period at the moment is for high winds and dangerous conditions for both novice and experienced swimmers."
The sea temperature is also about 5C at this time of year and can be even colder, meaning those who go swimming risk hypothermia, she said.
A seafront team will be on the beach from 8.30am on Christmas Day to put up signage, inform the public of the temporary closure and give advice regarding the conditions, the council said.
The spokeswoman said: "Sea swimming takes skill, stamina and knowledge of the physical dangers.
Even on a calm day sea currents, undertow or a sudden change in weather can create life-threatening hazards without warning."
Fiona Southwell, secretary of the sea swimming section of Brighton Swimming Club, said she would be making a decision tomorrow as to whether its members would swim.
Our crews have been busy attending #storm related calls across #WestSussex - if you are about to drive home from work please #takeextracare— @WestSussexFire 23 December 2013
We don't normally like sending you elsewhere but this is fab to show the storm hitting Sussex.
Another update from Network Rail:
"Very strong winds and heavy rain are affecting England on Monday 23 December. The Sussex area will see heavy persistent rain across the region with wind speeds in excess of 60 mph from 16:00 on Monday through to early morning Tuesday 24 December. During this time winds may reach up to 80 mph."
Officers have been asked to stay on duty to tackle the weather related incidents.Please report any via 101 or 999 if threat to life/property— @ChrisGee9 23 December 2013
We've just had reports of a 13-year-old girl taken to hospital after a piece of hoarding flew off Brighton College in Eastern Road and hit her.
It is understood people had to help pull her out of the debris.
The radio is going crazy, nothing but fallen trees and debris in roads. Officers are out making sure the roads are safe. #staysafe— @ChrisGee9 23 December 2013
Coastguards are warning of hurricane force 12 winds tonight on the south coast.
Dover Coastguard, which covers East Sussex, said the Met Office had issued the most severe warning which could produce waves of up to 14 metres.
Meanwhile Solent Coastguard is warning of a force 11 violent storm.
The good people of Newaven are bereft of BBC Sussex as a transmitter has been knocked out by the wind.
Due to extreme weather conditions, the gallery has had to close early. We are sorry for any inconvenience caused.— @jerwoodgallery 23 December 2013
Winds just hit 75mph in selsey, that's F11.— @TizzylewSelsey 23 December 2013
An update from Southern Rail, and not a good one. Services tomorrow likely to be affected by the clean up from tonight's storm:
"Because of the high winds Southern trains will run at reduced speeds from 4pm today which will lead to some trains being cancelled and delays to others.
"There is a possibility of line blockages during the evening due to fallen trees which may lead to greater disruption. If you are able to travel earlier than you usually would today you are advised to do so.
"In order to ensure safe operation on Tuesday 24 December routes will need to be checked and any obstructions cleared before train services can start.
"This is highly likely to lead to services being significantly disrupted or cancelled and it may take some time to clear routes, depending on the extent of damage caused by the storm.
"Passengers are asked to check before they travel and to plan for a later start of train services on Tuesday morning."
I totally underestimated the weather here in Brighton. At one point the wind was so strong that I couldn't physically move. D:— @NinaSerena 23 December 2013
The waves on Eastbourne seafront are unanimously spectacular and terrifying— @MissHAKempy 23 December 2013
#UKStorm - A tree on the line at Barnham is causing delays between Barnham and Chichester / Bognor Regis— @SouthernRailUK 23 December 2013
That's some swell! #brighton #storm #wind #notasurfday http://t.co/Jjfz7oPtOp— @kaisersalsek 23 December 2013
People in Worthing/Lancing there are warnings in place not to drive over Shoreham flyover-rightly so. Cars struggling to keep straight on it— @TimeyWimeyTea 23 December 2013
Due to the winds #Shoreham household waste recycling centre has shut and #Worthing site remains closed - sorry for the inconvenience— @WSCCNews 23 December 2013
Impressive number of rocks and seaweed thrown onto the promenade by the storm. http://t.co/keFmod7iQU— @fourhourtarget 23 December 2013
Eastbourne wet & very windy, still love it! X http://t.co/tR92PT6jQ9— @BernBee 23 December 2013
Here is an update from Brighton and Hove Buses on how the weather is affecting services:
"Weather conditions along the south coast are currently worsening, and so from approximately 3pm all service 12/12A will operate via Lewes Road, the A27 and A26 between Brighton Old Steine and Denton Corner in both directions.
"Churchill Square and North Street will be served as normal and buses towards Eastbourne will serve stop D at Old Steine (not the Sea Life Centre).
"Normal route will be operated between Denton Corner and Eastbourne. A shuttle service with single-deckers will operate between Churchill Square and Newhaven Denton Corner along the A259 via the North Peacehaven loop replacing all of services 12/12A/12X/14/14C along on this section of route, although at a reduced frequency. We regret that we will be unable to serve the County Hospital and Eastern Road on these buses.
"Please be aware that there is also significant traffic congestion across the city and beyond and this is causing major delays to services.
"We will endeavour to operate service 14 journeys to/from Hangleton as normal, and service 27 too, but these may also be subject to change if the weather conditions worsen even further.
"We regret any inconvenience that may be caused."
Latest Uk Weather Image From Noaa 18, 23-12-13 Received In Woodingdean Brighton East Sussex,Using Wxtoimg #ukstorm http://t.co/szUAdiI6J1— @M3GWO 23 December 2013
@brightonargus #Shorehamharbour Southwick beach http://t.co/b6ZZGxDBpp— @philrich1982 23 December 2013
Branches coming down in Worthing http://t.co/V5kGkg4Zar— @smlc61 23 December 2013
The latest flood update from the Environment Agency:
"The flood risk for the next 3 days is Medium. Heavy rain today (Monday) and overnight into tomorrow (Tuesday) brings a medium likelihood of significant disruption from surface water and river flooding to southern counties of England and a medium likelihood of significant disruption from surface water flooding to South Wales in the areas coloured amber in the maps below."
An update for those looking to fly away somewhere nicer:
"London Gatwick is currently operating as normal. Due to expected high winds later today, we are advising passengers to check with their airline before travelling and to leave additional time for their journey to the airport."
Electricity cables sparking on the "Highway" on Newhaven/ Peacehaven border.Tree related due to inclement weather and adverse precipitation— @peacehaven_npt 23 December 2013
Even the Christmas trees are struggling:
And you can see why:
Lots of services being affected by the weather:
DFDS SEAWAYS, have cancelled the Newhaven –Dieppe: 23h00 23/12 Dieppe – Newhaven: 18h00 23/12 and 05h30 on the 24/12 due to the weather— @ferryonline 23 December 2013
All services are subject to delays due to traffic congestion and high winds.— @BrightonHoveBus 23 December 2013
Approaching high tide in #eastsussex and #brightonandhove and it's blowing a gale. Please take care and stay away from the shore.— @EastSussexFRS 23 December 2013
Having just ventured outside I can safely say it is horrible out there.
Heavy rain falling across Sussex. Use your wipers and lights, drive slower and remember stopping distances will be increased #drivesafe— @SussexSRP 23 December 2013
#Seagulls! All flights cancelled until further notice. Travel misery ahead!— @BrightonNets 23 December 2013
Stupidly windy in Worthing. Lost my wig #ukstorm— @PhilKevern 23 December 2013
Some problems on the trains:
"Owing to electrical supply problems between Brighton and Lewes all lines are affected. Servises may be subject to delays"
Some bad news for anyone planning to take the kids ice skating today (though in this weather it might not have been too much fun):
"We regret to inform everybody that from 1.45pm onward today, all skating sessions are now cancelled due to extreme wind conditions. Please be assured that all tickets purchased will be honoured.
"Once again we would like to apologise for the inconvenience this will cause but our first concern is always to our customers safety. We will be open as normal tomorrow at 9.30am."
Forecast winds at Shoreham of 60 knots. The airport have even removed the wind socks before they get blown into the next county!?! #windy— @AdvanceHelis 23 December 2013
44 Knots (50mph) already here at Shoreham and forecast to hit 60 as the day goes on. #ShorehamHarbour— @shorehamport 23 December 2013
Dreaming of a Wet Christmas down on Hove seafront. Car music update: the Pogues & Kirsty McColl. Lovely. http://t.co/eC1eWR5HqY— @RoadsPolCentral 23 December 2013
To report fallen trees call on 101, or call 999 in an emergency where there's risk to life or damage to property. #sussexpolice— @sussex_police 23 December 2013
Bladdy strong winds in Brighton today. But is it strong enough to try the Michael Jackson smooth criminal lean?— @wecloseoureyes 23 December 2013
RT @BHCC_Transport: High winds and heavy rain are likely to cause disruption to travel today. Please leave extra time for any journeys http…— @jasonkitcat 23 December 2013
RT @VivaLewes: “@Man_and_Van_Btn: http://t.co/YzqiwCVkpZ” Ham Lane sewage tower down ....— @BazTheHaff 23 December 2013
Stay off the beach in these conditions, it might look fun but the surf is very powerful and can suck you under and away in a second. Be safe— @rnliEastbourne 23 December 2013
Sideways spray on the shoreham flyover in sussex— @Victoriariaria 23 December 2013
RT @SouthernRailUK: Due to bad weather, Advance tickets for Southern dated for travel 23/24th Dec are permitted to travel by any train on e…— @VivaLewes 23 December 2013
This is the scene at Brighton Marina:
With weather warnings in place across East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, firefighters are asking people to take precautions against flooding and during the Christmas getaway.
On the move
If you are taking to the roads in East Sussex and Brighton and Hove, please be careful and follow our simple advice:
Drive according to the road conditions and allow extra time for your journey if necessary;
Remember to keep your distance from the car in front of you – it takes much longer to stop in the wet and fallen leaves can be just as slippery and treacherous for motorists as driving on ice;
Make sure that you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts – you are 50% more likely to be killed or seriously injured if you are not wearing one;
Avoid being distracted and never use your mobile phone while driving;
Stay alert for other road users including people walking, jogging or cycling. Watch out for children at their bus stops as many schools return from the half-term holiday on Monday;
Check that your lights and windscreen wipers are working properly – visibility during the winter months can be poor and there are fewer hours of daylight;
Make sure that your tyres have sufficient tread and that they are inflated in line with the manufacturer’s guidelines;
Floods can happen quickly so don’t wait until it is too late to think about preparation.
Before a flood:
Do organise some sandbags to block doors and airbricks but remember to ensure that there is adequate ventilation in your home.
Do find out whether your area has flooded before and if there is any specific flood advice for your area.
Do find out where to turn off your electricity and gas supplies in advance.
Don't underestimate the damage that a flood can do, check with your insurance company that you have flood cover.
When a flood starts:
Do put your safety first, stay alert, events can change very quickly during a flood; listen out for any warnings on the radio and the TV.
Do move people or pets upstairs or to higher ground, identify a place where you and your family can keep away from the floodwater.
Don't under any circumstances drive or walk through floodwater.
Remember, items that have been in contact with floodwater may be contaminated and contain sewage, therefore make sure that anything that has been in contact with the water is safely cleaned.
After the flood:
Do get in contact with your insurance company and let them know what has happened.
Do open your doors and windows to ventilate your home
And some more detail including 75mph winds inland and up to 85mph along the coast. Power could be affected.
"Southwesterly gales and locally severe gales will continue across southern and eastern parts of England during Monday night, but are expected to strengthen further across parts of southeast England, in the Amber warning area, during the early hours of Tuesday, with gusts of 65-75 mph inland and 75-85 mph along exposed coasts.
"The public should be prepared for disruption, particularly to travel and for interruptions to power supplies."
Here is the latest from Met Office on that upgraded wind warning. Sounds like it will be very blowy out there.
"Winds will strengthen further across southeast England during the early hours of Tuesday, with the potential for damaging gusts inland as well as along the coast. The winds will ease quickly from the west before dawn."
The Met Office have now upgraded the wind warning for Hampshire and West Sussex from yellow to amber. Gusts of 70mph inland after midnight— @southdownsvg 23 December 2013
Bit blowy already over Shoreham rail bridge. Not my favourite section when it's weather like this!— @SlotManUK 23 December 2013
If this tweet is true I really want to see a photo. Can anyone help?
#Brighton #seafront Storm-force winds, structural damage, horizontal rain. And there are people *jogging*.— @ChristopherRye1 23 December 2013
Storm's a comin https://t.co/vevl07Wmue— @Picfair 23 December 2013
Latest Uk Weather Image From Noaa 15, 23-12-13 Received In Woodingdean Brighton East Sussex,Using Wxtoimg #ukstorm http://t.co/uOZR2T0Fd1— @M3GWO 23 December 2013
In #Brighton @ client's office staring out @ a stormy sea and rain lashed windows. Might get a bit lively for the drive home later! #UKstorm— @David_Kempster 23 December 2013
Well Brighton, that was a windy and rainy welcome! #lastminutepressies— @katiesspears 23 December 2013
For those heading Essex/Kent way:
Dartford Crossing Bridge will be closed from midday #UKStorm— @RobynTalkSPORT 23 December 2013
There are currently 21 flood alerts in force across the south east region from the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency and its professional partners are warning communities to be vigilant and prepared for possible flooding on Monday and Tuesday.
Forecasts suggest weather conditions will be unsettled across the region and heavy rain showers are forecast for Monday afternoon into Christmas Eve, which could cause flooding from rivers and surface water.
People are being urged to heed three key warnings:
• Stay away from promenades along the south coast on Monday and Tuesday because of the wet and windy conditions.
• Residents who are set to be away for the festive period are urged to check the flood risk for their local area and, if necessary, take steps to protect valuable items left at home.
• Drivers are being urged to check the latest flood updates ahead of their journey - and to not to drive through dangerous floodwater.
If there is widespread and heavy rainfall it will fall onto catchments that are already wet or saturated following the recent rainfall across the region, which may cause flooding of low-lying land and roads in the area.
The Environment Agency is working closely with the Met Office, continuously monitoring river levels and up-to-date information will be available on the Environment Agency website.
Environment Agency staff are closely monitoring the situation, and are out checking flood defences and clearing trash screens.
Simon Beavan, regional flood and coastal risk manager at the Environment Agency, said: “With more unsettled weather forecast for the south east, following recent heavy rainfall, there could be a lot of water in low-lying lands and on roads.
"Those who live in an area vulnerable to flooding should think about the precautions they can take to limit the damage a flood can cause to themselves and their property. "
"Chestnuts roasting over an open fire" plus gale force winds, heavy rain & storms predicted. Be careful Santa. Blowy down here #Brighton— @kit_ee_kat 23 December 2013
Just changed a wheel on Brighton seafront, I can confirm its cold, wet and windy out.— @thetimhutton 23 December 2013
A couple of accidents. Not sure if they are weather related as yet but be careful out there.
Turners Hill Road in Crawley Down closed due to an accident between Grange Road and Sandy Lane (11:14)— @Traffic_SouthE 23 December 2013
A22 Lewes Road in Forest Row closed due to an accident between Priory Rd and Hammerwood Rd (11:12)— @Traffic_SouthE 23 December 2013
#Chichester Ops Team out clearing grills ahead of the forcast rainfall today #Chichestercity #WestSussex #floodaware http://t.co/z2QKj9YsTH— @BarryKillnerEA 23 December 2013
Bad news for those using Southeastern services from Hastings.
A replacement bus service is running between Tunbridge Wells and Hastings due to a landslide at Wadhurst.
Journey times are extended by about 30 minutes, with disruption expected to continue throughout the day.
Anyone travelling via the Shoreham flyover should be aware gusts of up to 70mph are possible between midday today and 4am tomorrow.
Drivers are being warned to take extreme caution.
And for those who like their weather forecast in video format:
A look outside the window at Hollingbury towers reveals the rain has arrived. And it is set to stay for the next 24 hours. Here's the latest weather forecast:
RT @HAtraffic_seast: MetOffice Warning of Wind for London & South East England http://t.co/jTKnq5T9PW— @BHLiveTraffic 23 December 2013
: so so SO worried that i won't be able to travel back to the land of West Sussex tonight #ukstorm @SouthernRailUK— @allmyloveamanda 23 December 2013
Here is the advice from John McTaggart, head of on-road services at the Highways Agency, for those looking to drive today:
“We are working closely with the Met Office to monitor conditions. Road users are urged to check traffic and weather conditions before setting out on journeys and to heed any advice such as speed restrictions once they are on the strategic road network.
“Be aware of sudden gusts of wind, and give high-sided vehicles, caravans, motorbikes and bicycles plenty of space. In the event of persistent high winds we may need to close certain bridges to traffic for a period, so please be alert for warnings of closures and follow the clearly signed diversion routes. “
And it is not just transport that might be affected by the high winds:
Winds could hit 70-80mph in exposed areas today. Make sure those outside xmas decorations are secure.— @EastSussexFRS 23 December 2013
#Worthing pier will remain closed today, due to the extreme wind conditions. For up to date weather forecasts contact the #BeachOffice— @adurandworthing 23 December 2013
TRAVEL UPDATE: Due to severe weather, sailings from Portsmouth & Newhaven are currently cancelled. Pls visit http://t.co/Wz8aEE9LW6 for info— @DFDSSeaways 23 December 2013
Preparing for a wild and windy 24 hours in #eastsussex and #brightonandhove - stay safe on the roads - leave plenty of time for your journey— @EastSussexFRS 23 December 2013
The result of all that wind and rain is that you should probably allow extra time for any journey as already transport services are reporting possible delays.
Transmanche Ferries East Sussex are facing disruptions.
Southern Rail has said its trains will be limited to 50mph due to the weather meaning "some trains to be cancelled and others, particularly on main line and coastal routes will be subject to delay".
Southeastern are facing a similar problem. The rail operator said: "Weather reports are for heavy rain and strong winds from 4pm in the afternoon through to 9am tomorrow. As a precaution a speed restriction of 50 miles an hour will be in place. There may be some services cancelled at short notice - particularly in the Kent and Sussex coastal areas."
There is no escaping it. The weather today is going to be terrible. High winds and rain will batter the county and there is likely to be travel disruption, flooding and a lot of wetness.
This is the Met Office's forecast: "A deep area of low pressure will sweep an active frontal system across England and Wales on Monday. This will bring 20-40 mm rainfall quite widely, with over 60 mm likely across parts of the high ground of southern England and South Wales. Falling onto saturated ground, this will bring the risk of both surface water and river flooding.
"Meanwhile, south to southwesterly winds will increase with gusts 70-80 mph likely around exposed coasts, particularly along the English Channel. Further inland, gusts of 50-60 mph are likely through the amber area, with a lower risk of gusts reaching 70 mph - more especially across southeast England during the evening."
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