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More weather warnings as people warned to stay away from stormy seas

The Argus: Picture by Jake Cressey Picture by Jake Cressey

Wave-watchers are being told to stay away from the coast as one onlooker appeared dangerously close to being washed away.

Sussex is subject to a yellow warning for rain for today and tomorrow from the Met Office as the storms show no sign of letting up. 

And Sussex train lines have been hit bya landslide between Gatwick and East Croydon and flooding at Christs Hospital and Littlehaven, with a Boxing Day landslide at Ockley still not fully cleared. Click here for more travel information. 

This shocking photo was taken at Carats Cafe in Southwick yesterday as a wave crashed over the harbour wall, close to one man watching from a nearby bench.

Shoreham RNLI has warned people to not put their life, and those of the volunteers who may have to try and rescue them, at risk.

Lifeboat operations manager Keith Phelps said: “Our advice is stay away from the shoreline when the waves are so big and tides are high. Although it may be good to look at, it can take just one wave to wash you out to sea.”

Drivers are also being warned of treacherous road conditions as thousands return to work this morning.

Weeks of gale force winds and heavy rain has meant commuters face standing water on roads and possible falling trees.

Sussex Police has warned drivers to be vigilant, especially as the bad weather is set to continue with further rain forecast for the next two days and gusts of up to 50mph.

Superintendent Rex Matthews said: “If you are unsure how deep an area of flooded road is, don't try and drive through it, even if you believe your vehicle is capable. There can be hidden holes and sometimes a nearby watercourse with a current that can sweep you off the road.

“Just be aware that around the next corner there could be a variety of hazards caused by the weather and don’t assume that it's all clear.”

The weekend saw more disruption as rain fell on both days.

In Hove, promenade benches near Maroccos restaurant were submerged in thousands of pebbles that had been washed up during the storm.

An elderly couple had to be rescued from their car in Westham, near Eastbourne, on Saturday afternoon. Fire crews had to lay sand at the foot of the car in Rattle Road so the two occupants could be helped out after the car got trapped by flood water.

Pagham beach, near Littlehampton, was shut yesterday due to the waves breaching coastal defences.

And in Pulborough one resident, and his dog, had found a solution to the flooding problems, by getting around in a canoe.

The storms also resulted in part of the cliffs at Birling Gap falling into the sea on Saturday.

About 9ft of the cliff collapsed during the tidal surge.

Solent Coastguard said extra barriers and tape had been put up make sure walkers were aware.

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2:47pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Take it Personally says...

I know where that photo was taken, if a wave was powerful enough to knock that person off, they'd wash into the car park.
Bit sensationalist Schmargus -and even that you can't get right!
I know where that photo was taken, if a wave was powerful enough to knock that person off, they'd wash into the car park. Bit sensationalist Schmargus -and even that you can't get right! Take it Personally
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