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  • Sussex is being badly hit by gale force winds today.
  • Part of the West Pier has fallen into the sea overnight.
  • Trees have come down, including one on The Level
  • Trains are disrupted


Solent Coastguard said thankfully most people tend to stay indoors on a day like today


Police are dealing with reports of a few fallen trees this evening though nothing is causing any significant disruption


Nice picture from PA here of waves crashing over the harbour wall in Newhaven:

The Argus:



Brighton and Hove City Council has also issued te following information.


Advice to residents

 The information centre at the Black Lion will be operational from 10 – 4 starting today and including the weekend. 07825387380 is the number for information.

 We’re advising residents to make plans to stay with friends or relatives in case they need to leave their houses. They should prepare a bag with clothing, medicines and any other essentials and consider pets and move personal or sentimental items to safety.

 We have offered sandbags to those properties likely to be affected by road flooding. Sandbags are being given to some houses which do not have basements and might be affected by water running off the roads. Sandbags cannot be used where ground water comes up through the floors of a house as they could stop the water getting out.

 We are advising residents to get in touch with their utility companies now so that they know where to switch off supplies if necessary. Advice on how to find help with this is also available on our website and at the rest centre

 The water level has risen 14cm in the last 24 hours, so it is slowing down still and currently stands (as of 06.30 hrs) at 43.70m.  The first signs of basement flooding are seen at 43.85m with surface level flooding seen at 45m.

 There is no indication of any contamination of water supplies at this point and again, if this were the case, Southern Water would pick up the alternative supply of clean water. You can also find out more on the Southern Water flood pages;

 Our website will be updated regularly as the situation changes and further queries or concerns can be sent by email to  If the flooding becomes more extensive a telephone helpline will be established, in the meantime there is also a recorded message with details of the current status on 01273 296666.

Further information and advice on what to do before or during a flood is available on the Environment Agency web site or by calling the Flood line on 0845 988 1188.


Here is the latest on flooding in Patcham .

Director of Public Health at Brighton and Hove City Council Tom Scanlon said:

"We met with residents last night and an information centre has opened today at the Black Lion. This will also be open every day from 10 am - 4pm including the weekend.
Ground water is rising at a slower rate but Environment Agency information suggests levels could continue to rise. We are advising residents to take precautions such as preparing a bag of clothing, medicines or other essentials and consider pets and move personal or sentimental items to safety. We have also offered sandbags to those properties likely to be affected by road flooding. Vulnerable residents have been moved or are being supported during this time.”


The Met Office has confirmed that January was the wettest in Sussex since records began in 1910.

A spokeswoman said 218.8mm had fallen. 








A tree (or large branch perhaps?) partially blocking the A23 London Road by Withdean Park earlier this afternoon. Picture by Tony Wood.

The Argus:




Some words of warning from Hastings Borough Council:

"Very high tides are expected at 03:00 tomorrow (Thursday) morning, and at 15:34 tomorrow, which, combined with strong winds creating high waves could lead to 'overtopping' of the sea defences.

"Residents living in low-lying areas should be aware of the risk, take appropriate precautions to protect their property and possessions and be ready to co-operate with the emergency services and the local authority if flooding does occur.

"An amber warning has been issued by the Met Office of winds up to 70mph over coastal areas and public should be prepared for disruption to travel and power due to fallen trees."


When it rains, it pours.

There are no trains between Eastbourne and Hastings due to flooding and shingle from the beah affecting the line at Bexhill.

Southern are putting on replacement buses but expect journey times to be extended by up to an hour.


The A259 is closed near Telscombe in both directions due to "unsafe scaffolding".

It is also affecting bus services in the area:



Some more pictures from our photographer Simon Dack on that fallen tree, which is in Shaftesbury Road - the woman is the owner of the car:

The Argus:

The Argus:


More on Patcham - groundwater levels are still creeping towards flooding levels. The rate of rising has fallen, but there is still a risk of flooding at surface level - and there's more heavy rain forecast over the next few days. 



And some breaking news - the Amex is staging a Women's World Cup qualifier


More on the Newhaven Harbour to Seaford line disruption - it's unclear exactly what's caused this, with reports of both high winds affecting a level crossing and a landslip.

However, it appears the line is now open. 


Looks like the A259 might reopen soon:


More on the Worthing Pier closure: 

A spokeswoman from Worthing Borough Council said: “The pier has been closed due to the strong winds.

"There are gale force nine and ten winds expected throughout the day and there’s every chance they will get worse as the day progresses.

"It will be closed at the very least until tomorrow. As we’ve been saying all winter, we urge people to take care on the seafront and by the sea. Be vigilant and don’t play in the waves.”




We seem to have some phone/internet outage here at Argus Towers in Hollingbury. Apologies if you're having trouble getting through. Clearly it's not completely down though!


Here's some advice from East Sussex Fire and Rescue on keeping safe in high winds.

"The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption to transport and power due to fallen trees.  Drivers should slow down and allow more time for their journey.

"Additionally, large waves bring the risk of flooding in some coastal areas. We would ask people to stay away from beaches until the weather has passed and keep an eye on flood warnings from the Environment Agency."


One of the students at Journalist Works, Gemma Mitchell, has just sent us some pictures of a tree which has come down at The Level: 

The Argus:

The Argus:


Check here for our live traffic and travel feed.

Some of the headlines from there - a landslip is affecting services between Newhaven and Seaford, and Transmanche Ferries have cancelled the midday ferry from Newhaven to Dieppe. 


Sussex is currently in the midst of gale force winds, with the Met Office warning of winds at speeds of up to 80mph. 

The storm has led to part of the West Pier falling into the sea overnight. Read more here. 

National Rail has put speed restrictions on the rail network, leading to widespread disruption.

The roads are also affected, with the A259 at Hastings closed because of fears a roof could blow off a house into the road. 


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7:03pm Wed 5 Feb 14

brightonian57 says...

Surely the picture from Seaford Head, is actually of Seaford Head from Newhaven
Surely the picture from Seaford Head, is actually of Seaford Head from Newhaven brightonian57
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