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Raging winds and rain cause chaos in Sussex - live updates
Updated 4:57pm Saturday 15th February 2014 in News
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- Trees down across Sussex
- Brighton seafront flooded
- Rail network disrupted
- Some flights affected from Gatwick Airport
It's time for this blog to end. Be safe outside amid the ice tonight and enjoy the dry spell over the next few days.
As you can tell things have quietened down now with the storm thankfully seemingly passed.
I will still be putting up updates when I get them but they maybe slightly further apart than earlier.
Still problems on the trains too:
Due to signalling problems between Haywards Heath & Brighton, trains between London & Brighton are being delayed up to 25 mins... (1/2)— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 15, 2014
... cancelled or revised at short notice. @FirstCC are kindly accepting Southern tickets between London & Brighton (2/2)— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 15, 2014
#Worthing Pier has suffered minor damage to southern end, kick plates and decking lifted. beach office monitoring.— Adur and Worthing (@adurandworthing) February 15, 2014
Sea Road is currently closed between Rustington and Littlehampton. This is to allow the council to remove shingle off of the road (Pic: Littlehampton Coastguard).
So we've had howling gales and torrential rain so of course we now have a warning for ice overnight now the skies are clearing.
I've just spoken to Anne Martin at Palace Pier who said the substation involved in the fire does not provide their electricity.
The pier has not been affected by the incident as a result.
Fire crews had to attend a substation near Palace Pier a second time in 24 hours after reports of smoke coming from below the pier.
Last night an electrical substation was flooded causing the nearby Sealife Centre to shut.
Fire crews were called to the pier again this morning at about 10.30am as the electrical substation was once again flooded.
This time there was no fire and the pier did not have to be evacuated.
David Briggs caught the incident on camera:
This is another cracker. The sea got really high in Brighton last night:
I am back! And here's another great Tweet - the West Pier lives!
Right, this live blogger needs some sustenance. I will be back in 10 to bring you more updates on the weather and some more cracking photos from across Sussex.
Rain Rain Go AWAY!! Our little salon in Hove has had enough.— Charley@XpressBeauty (@XpressBeauty) February 15, 2014
Extremely busy day for all here and across the force. Weather issues and CID at capacity. Detectives supporting from east and west sussex.— DCI Paul Betts (@DClBetts) February 15, 2014
Waves rocking Worthing Pier and an amazing salty wind pic.twitter.com/f4RmqZmIj4— Paul Gibson (@PaulGibson20) February 15, 2014
Magnanimous Lord Bassam:
Given battering Brighton & Hove seafront took last night my trees uprooting seems a mere trifle. Just hope traders on the seafront are ok!— Steve Bassam (@SteveTheQuip) February 15, 2014
INFO: 12:06 London Victoria to Brighton is cancelled due to flooding.— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 15, 2014
This might become a regular occurrence:
INFO: 11:49 Brighton to London Victoria is cancelled due to flooding.— SouthernRailUK (@SouthernRailUK) February 15, 2014
A frightening photo from Chichester:
And there is a heap of extra information on the weather, the latest forecasts, helpful numbers and links to maps and more at our weather site
Go to www.theargus.co.uk/news/weather - you can also now sign up for a daily email bulletin of storm and flooding news during times of bad weather.
To join in with storm coverage, use the hashtag #sussexstorm on Twitter.
An update on the weather outlook, with the Met Office still issuing a yellow warning for rain for today:
"Although the worst of the rain has passed, further squally showers still have the potential to line up in bands across some southern areas of England and Wales through much of the rest of Saturday.
"Following Friday's heavy rainfall and given the saturated conditions, the public should be aware of the potential for further flooding in places, although impacts typically reducing and becoming more localised."
Here is the latest forecast in video format for those who like moving images:
Another cracking photo from Hove seafront, where the promenade has almost disappeared under moving pebbles.
Dude where's my prom? The beach in Brighton & Hove has moved inland. pic.twitter.com/YfdhIp3FBR— Finn Hopson (@FinnHop) February 15, 2014
The water got up really high last night in Hove , as proved by restaurant Marroccos who have Tweeted us this photo:
A close shave !! The sea comes to our front door last night #hove#brighton#storm pic.twitter.com/nSK64xNP9N— Marrocco's Italian (@marroccoshove) February 15, 2014
#worthing Pier still closed owing to extreme wind in excess of 40knts gale force 8, hoping to open Sunday.— Adur and Worthing (@adurandworthing) February 15, 2014
Shingle on the seaford road, what a mess pic.twitter.com/GUA5DRpTgv— Annemieke Milks (@AnnemiekeMilks) February 15, 2014
Lord Bassam has revealed he is trapped in his home after three trees fell in his drive.
Can't get in, can't get out drive blocked with 3 fallen trees. So sad! pic.twitter.com/WnDqsS12Mc— Steve Bassam (@SteveTheQuip) February 15, 2014
Some more info about the Sealife centre, where flooding knocked out electricity.
I am trying to establish if this was also what caused the reported "major incident" at Palace Pier overnight too.
"Brighton Sea Life Centre lost power and was flooded to a depth of a foot (30.5cm) at the height of last night's storms.
"The sea surged across the promenade and into the attraction at about 10.30pm. A fire at a local electricity sub-station knocked out power to the centre.
"Sea Life's emergency generator burnt out after two and a half hours, and the centre was left without power for nearly seven hours, until it was reconnected at 9am.
"Luckily there are no casualties among our resident creatures and, while we are monitoring all the displays closely, we are confident we got power back just soon enough to avoid any animal welfare problems," said general manager Max Leviston.
Mr Leviston added that he was confident the attraction would reopen tomorrow.
As you can see there are flood warnings - meaning expect flooding - in Patcham, Barcombe Mills, Lavant, the Western Rother, the Kidbrooke Streem at Forest Row, Buxted, Crowhurst and Hellingly and Horsebridge.
This is the latest floods map from the Environment Agency:
Here's another pic pf the Hove beach huts from our snapper Simon Dack:
Roving reporter Ben James has taken time out of his Saturday to let me know the Sealife Centre is shut today due to the weather. Given the flooding overnight it is not that surprising.
Shoreham has taken a battering too. Here is a Tweet from Shoreham Port on the scene:
There has been some major flooding in Bosham overnight. Fire crews have been on the scene helping people as homes have been hit by the floodwater. This was a shot of some of the flooding last night:
I love this photo:
brolly gravyard Churchill Square Brighton pic.twitter.com/W3nD10QTSk— paul stoner (@paulstoner666) February 15, 2014
Our snapper Simon Dack has been down to Hove seafront. Here is his video of the stricken beach huts:
Things are not much better in Durrington where Kieron Moorman shot this video of groundwater flooding:
Not sure if that Facebook post works in the blog so here is one of their photos of a beach hut floating away:
Great snaps by Littlehampton coastguard of beach huts under water:
There are some great photos of the damage from the storm on social media this morning. Here's Hove seafront looking worse for wear:
Good morning from Hove. pic.twitter.com/8I8V0d7CX7— Betsy (@betsymartian) February 15, 2014
And this is Alfriston Road this morning. Be careful driving out there. Plenty of surface water around.
Some Hove beach huts also bore the brunt of the winds:
I used this video on my overnight story but it so good I want to use it again.
Darren Menezes captured the seafront being battered by waves last night on video as it flooded:
Th weather has also taken its toll on the sporting fixtures today.
There are major disruptions on the rail network this morning due to the weather.
Here is the latest from Southern Rail:
"Oxted - Landslip, an amended train service on the East Grinstead and Uckfield lines will be in place and rail replacement buses will operate to connect passengers travelling between stations south of Woldingham and London
Preston Park - Flooding, services are running with delay.
Ockley - Trees on the line, replacement buses have been requested and Metrobus will accept rail passengers on route 93."
And this is Seaford this morning:
This was Seaford last night:
This was Seaford last night. It's years since the sea was last up on the esplanade. Still really windy now pic.twitter.com/lVUP58uzJq— Lisa Francis (@LisaFrancis3105) February 15, 2014
Thankfully it appears the worst of the weather is over with the Met Office amber warning for wind finsihing at 10am.
Some rain will still fall today but tomorrow is set to be clear and dry.
And this was Hove Lagoon:
This was the scene at Brighton seafront last night as strong winds and high tide left it flooded.
Sussex is waking up to a trail of destruction left by high winds and rain overnight and this morning.
Travel and transport has been affected as trees fell across the county.
Fire crews reported an extreemely busy night attending dangerous structures as winds of up to 80mph battered buildings.
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