More gale force winds and rain to come as Sussex has a wet and wild Christmas

9:58am Tuesday 24th December 2013

More gale force and winds and heavy rain are set to hit Sussex, just days after storms left thousands without power and travel routes in chaos.

Sussex is cleaning up after 80mph wind and driving rain hit the county overnight.

And the Met Office has forecast another bout of miserable weather, peaking on Friday.

Gusts of up to 80mph are expected once more along with up to 50mm of rain.

With the ground already saturated from the previous 24 hours' rain, flooding is likely to take place.

The Met Office said: "Another spell of stormy weather is expected to affect many areas, winds increasing later on Boxing Day but likely to peak during Friday.

"Gusts of 70-80 mph are possible especially in exposed parts of the west and south. Spells of heavy rain can also be expected, including areas that remain saturated from rainfall earlier in the week.

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption, especially where the high winds are combined with heavy rainfall.

"Bands of heavy rain are also expected to affect many areas but particularly in the south and west, where a further 30 to 50 mm may fall."

The Envioronment Agency currently has 52 flood warning in place in the south east.






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