LiveGale force winds and rain cause travel chaos in Sussex - liveblog

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  • Amber warning for wind across Sussex coast with 80mph gusts expected
  • Yellow warning for rain with up to 20mm expected.
  • Severe delays on Brighton mainline due to flash floods in Patcham.
  • Flood warnings for Littlehampton Ropewalk and Barcombe Mills



A Met Office spokesman said: "The winds are coming from the west and the strongest gusts should be between 9am to 10am this evening and die away towards dawn."

"Winds will ease tomorrow but it won't be completely dry until this time tomorrow evening."


The A29 in Westergate Street, Westergate, is blocked in both directions between the B2233 Nyton Road Junction and the Hook Lane junction due to flooding.






More road flooding news:

A22 in Polegate partially blocked and queueing traffic northbound between Cop Hall Roundabout and the A295 South Road junction, because of flooding.

The road is just passable and long delays on A27 in both directions between Polegate and Drusilla's Roundabout, Alfriston, because of flooding.

A27 partially blocked in both directions between crossbush junction in Arundel and the A280 junction in Worthing, because of flooding.

Flooding on A271 Hailsham Road in both directions in Herstmonceux between the West End junction and the Cricketing Lane junction.



And reports the A286 is barely passable as the River Lavant has burst its banks.


Flooding is affecting the A27 in both directions between the junctions with the A284 Arundel East and the A280.


There is a flood warning, meaning flooding should be expected, in Littlehampton at the Ropewalk for high tide tonight at 11.30pm.

"The industrial units along Littlehampton Rope Walk are likely to be flooded as well as the Riverside properties. Tides are only expected to remain high through tide and will drop off for Saturday."


I've just spoken to Southern who have given a bit more information.

The main issue appears to be flash flooding affecting Patcham. It has meant only a few services can go through while the rest are being diverted via Lewes.

There is also a speed restriction in place. Services are still running but they are delays and disruptions and passengers should check before they travel.

I have been told there is currently no fears of tunnels flooding but rising groundwater in Patcham means there could be more surface flooding.. The Environment Agency is on the scene monitoring the situation.

Essentially, anyone travelling to/from London to Brighton will make it home but slowly. Best ring the restaurant if you've got a Valentine's booking just in case.


More from Southern:

"Sudden and heavy rainfall on the south of our network has led to localised flash flooding in some areas. Areas currently affected are Patcham, Clayton Tunnel, Crowborough, Arundel and Kenley. This has meant that there are some speed restrictions in place which has led to reduced capacity on some lines.

"At Patcham, surface water from the cloudburst has temporarily affected the line between Haywards Heath and Brighton meaning that some services between the stations will be diverted via Lewes. This also means that we are likely to operate a reduced evening peak service on the Brighton Main Line today.

"Network Rail and Southern are working together with the Environment Agency to keep track of water levels in Sussex over the next few days of bad weather. Over the next few days, we will aim to provide progress updates on the areas of anticipated risk. Please check before you travel."




There are reports of a landslip in Crowborough which could affect rail services in the area.

A Southern spokesman said: "Network Rail are on the way to scene of the Crowborough landslip.

“Expect flooding along the south coast and services on the Brighton mainline impacted.”


This is the latest news from the rail network:

Delays of up to one hour on Southern between Brighton and Ashford International, and between Brighton and Seaford due to adverse weather conditions and speed restrictions. Trains may be delayed for the rest of the day, as poor weather is forecast.









Some actual weather news! Passengers using Southeastern services will endure speed restrictions toniight due to the wind:

"Speed restrictions will be in place on some parts of the network from 7pm tonight (Friday 14 February) due to forecast bad weather. We advise passengers travelling this evening and early tomorrow to check before you start your journey in case services are delayed.

"We will offer the best service that the weather allows and will provide regular updates including live running information on this website. Please ensure you check for the latest information before you travel and listen carefully to station announcements regarding short-notice changes to services."


This is the latest Environment Agency flood warnings map for today:

The Argus:




Don't get caught short in Preston Park.


The Argus:

The UK’s response to the flooding crisis must centre on a long-term strategy to address climate change the Green Party says today, as it recommends a series of ten measures to improve the country’s flood resilience in future.

It says sustained political action on climate change is crucial to reducing the risk of severe flooding happening again.

The Party is calling for Environment Secretary Owen Paterson to be sacked and for the Prime Minister to remove Cabinet Ministers and senior government officials who refuse to accept the scientific consensus on climate change.

The Met Office has said the evidence points to climate change contributing to these extraordinary floods.

The Green Party’s ten point plan on flooding includes:
1. Reverse staff cuts at the Environment Agency, review its budget, and drop plans to impose a duty on the EA to consider economic growth which could get in the way of providing independent expert advice
2. Strengthen planning rules for urban and rural areas to prevent further development on flood plains and ensure developers prioritise flood resilience and prevention – including through incorporation of SUDS in new developments as well as a programme of retrofitting SUDS to existing communities. Ensure better transparency of decisions so public can hold decision makers accountable.
3. Get rid of any cabinet Ministers or senior governmental advisors who refuse to accept the scientific consensus on climate change or who won’t take the risks to the UK seriously
Caroline Lucas, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said: “Across the country, homes and businesses are being devastated by the floods, and our hearts go out to everyone whose life is being turned upside down. Nature is giving us another wake-up call.

“In addition to making sure everything possible is done to help people affected by the immediate crisis, we need a credible long term strategy to tackle the risk of flooding and extreme weather to people's homes and liveilihoods in the future.”

The call to government urges ministers to adopt the recommendations of a major independent cross sector coalition for a Cabinet-level committee on infrastructure and climate change resilience and a Royal Commission on the long-term impacts of climate change on land.

The Green Party is also calling for all staff cuts at the Environment Agency to be cancelled, planning rules to be strengthened to prevent further development on flood plains, and for increased levels of spending on flood defences to a level in line with expert recommendations from the Environment Agency and the Climate Change Committee.

And it is supporting the call of campaigners for the billions of UK fossil fuel subsidies and tax breaks to be used to help the victims of flooding


All sailings are cancelled on Transmanche Ferries between Newhaven and Dieppe due to the adverse weather conditions. All sailings today and tomorrow (Saturday) have been cancelled.




The Highways Agency is urging road users in the south of England to take care as heavy rain and strong winds are forecast today and into Saturday.

Caravan drivers are being urged to avoid the Shoreham flyover.

Road users are advised to plan their journeys before setting out, check weather conditions, leave extra time for their journeys if travel conditions are poor, and delay their journey if the weather becomes severe.

Traffic management director Simon Sheldon-Wilson said: “We are constantly monitoring the potential impact of severe weather on our network and are working closely with the Met Office to ensure we have the most up-to-date information to be able to inform drivers. We have got extra traffic officers working across the network to deal with any incidents.”

The Met Office is also forecasting more rain across the network, with another 15 to 25mm of rainfall expected. The already saturated south of England may experience up to 40mm locally, bringing further flooding issues to the prone areas.

There is a particular risk that high-sided vehicles, caravans and motorbikes could be blown over and the Highways Agency, in conjunction with the Met Office, are strongly advising that these types of vehicles avoid, if possible, the Shoreham flyover as a result.



Bad news there for anyone looking to grab a bite to eat in town. But in reality you'd be half-mad to go out in this weather.



This is a great video by Darren Cool showiong the wind affecting the Brighton Wheel.

Not sure I'd like a ride in this weather.


The Argus:

This is the current Met Office warning map for today. As you can see it is not pretty.





We have two severe weather warnings for today and already people are being warned to be careful when driving today.

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12:03am Sat 15 Feb 14

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well do U think we r sinking, Venice in mind it reminds me of light up the sky with standers fireworks like chess soz me ex tra vert odear
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