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Warning of 80mph winds along south coast today
Updated 3:46pm Wednesday 12th February 2014 in News
Sussex has been issued an amber be prepared weather warning for wind today.
The Met Office upgraded its warning in the early hours of the morning from a yellow be aware warning.
Its website now says :"Initially, southern and southwestern counties of England are likely to see southerly gales with gusts of 60-70 mph, perhaps 80 mph on the south coast for a brief period."
The warning starts at 10am and lasts until just before midnight tonight.
It says: "The seafront team are advising people to stay well away from the water's edge and to be extra vigilant of young children, holding their hands and keeping dogs on leads. Even on a calm day, steep drops on the beach, sea currents, undertow or a sudden change in weather can create life threatening hazards without warning."
It has also warned all its streetcleaning staff to avoid the area, and says pebbles will be removed from the promenade once the bad weather has passed.
The Meteo Group has issued this photo showing the wind speeds according to their forecast :
And the Met Office released this picture of the storm over the UK at 2pm:
This morning, Worthing beach office recorded storm force 10 winds, between 53-63mph:
And Brighton and Hove CityClean closed its refuse site in Wilson Avenue because of high winds:
Brighton household waste site is closed, today due to severe weather. We are sorry for the inconvenience.— BHCC_Cityclean (@RecyclingRefuse) February 12, 2014
Yellow warnings are still in place for the rest of the week, for wind on Thursday, and both rain and wind on Friday and Saturday.
We are very concerned about possible rainfall totals on Friday and Saturday.On top of the rain we already have could give significant floods— South Downs Park (@southdownsvg) February 12, 2014
The RNLI Lifeboat has published this video of their volunteers taking advantage of the rough weather to run a training exercise:
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