LiveRaging winds and rain cause chaos in Sussex - live updates

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Summary

  • Trees down across Sussex
  • Brighton seafront flooded
  • Rail network disrupted
  • Some flights affected from Gatwick Airport

4:57pm

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.

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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.

2:53pm

Still problems on the trains too:

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2:48pm

The Argus:

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).

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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.

Read more on the Met Office warning.

1:37pm

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.

1:31pm

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:

The Argus:

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12:48pm

This is another cracker. The sea got really high in Brighton last night:

12:42pm

I am back! And here's another great Tweet - the West Pier lives!

12:21pm

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.

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Magnanimous Lord Bassam:

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Yep:

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This might become a regular occurrence:

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A frightening photo from Chichester:

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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.

11:39am

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:

11:38am

Another cracking photo from Hove seafront, where the promenade has almost disappeared under moving pebbles.

11:22am

The water got up really high last night in Hove , as proved by restaurant Marroccos who have Tweeted us this photo:

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11:01am

Lord Bassam has revealed he is trapped in his home after three trees fell in his drive.

10:57am

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.

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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.

10:49am

This is the latest floods map from the Environment Agency:

The Argus:

10:38am

Here's another pic pf the Hove beach huts from our snapper Simon Dack:

The Argus:

10:27am

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.

10:27am

Shoreham has taken a battering too. Here is a Tweet from Shoreham Port on the scene:

10:22am

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:

10:18am

I love this photo:

10:12am

Our snapper Simon Dack has been down to Hove seafront. Here is his video of the stricken beach huts:

10:06am

Things are not much better in Durrington where Kieron Moorman shot this video of groundwater flooding:

10:05am

Not sure if that Facebook post works in the blog so here is one of their photos of a beach hut floating away:

The Argus:

10:03am

Great snaps by Littlehampton coastguard of beach huts under water:

10:02am

There are some great photos of the damage from the storm on social media this morning. Here's Hove seafront looking worse for wear:

10:00am

And this is Alfriston Road this morning. Be careful driving out there. Plenty of surface water around.

9:56am

Some Hove beach huts also bore the brunt of the winds:

9:54am

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:

9:52am

Th weather has also taken its toll on the sporting fixtures today.

See the latest cancellations of fixtures on our sports section.

9:51am

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."

9:48am

And this is Seaford this morning:

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This was Seaford last night:

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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.

9:45am

And this was Hove Lagoon:

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This was the scene at Brighton seafront last night as strong winds and high tide left it flooded.

9:42am

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.

Comments (4)

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4:08pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Just trying to earn a crust says...

It's interesting to see Cllr Warren Morgan is thinking about the residents and traders, Steve Bassam is thinking of the seaside traders. It just goes to prove Kittykat and he cohorts don't give a 5h/t about Brighton & Hove , it's residents or its businesses
It's interesting to see Cllr Warren Morgan is thinking about the residents and traders, Steve Bassam is thinking of the seaside traders. It just goes to prove Kittykat and he cohorts don't give a 5h/t about Brighton & Hove , it's residents or its businesses Just trying to earn a crust
  • Score: 13

5:07pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Brighton Living says...

Loving this weather with the rain and wind...... :-)
Bring on the snow!
Loving this weather with the rain and wind...... :-) Bring on the snow! Brighton Living
  • Score: 1

12:12am Sun 16 Feb 14

tez1959 says...

for the attention of BRIGHTON LIVING youre probably one of those humans that ponce of the government on benefits living off the state that dont go to work lays in bed all day in the warm whilst a lot of us go to work inside and outside. no we dont want snow you fool P.S GET A LIFE MATE................
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for the attention of BRIGHTON LIVING youre probably one of those humans that ponce of the government on benefits living off the state that dont go to work lays in bed all day in the warm whilst a lot of us go to work inside and outside. no we dont want snow you fool P.S GET A LIFE MATE................ .... tez1959
  • Score: -6

1:57pm Sun 23 Feb 14

Mr chock says...

tez1959 wrote:
for the attention of BRIGHTON LIVING youre probably one of those humans that ponce of the government on benefits living off the state that dont go to work lays in bed all day in the warm whilst a lot of us go to work inside and outside. no we dont want snow you fool P.S GET A LIFE MATE................

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ohh you seem angry ? some people like snow and cold weather " you do know that in the coming months the reports will be about plague of rats . Brighton and Hove streets so full of litter / "RAT FOOD " that i think that without a cold FREEZING winter the rat population is now exploding massively ..BRIGHTON LIVING might want it for its beauty but crisp white snow covered countryside can be a bonus too
[quote][p][bold]tez1959[/bold] wrote: for the attention of BRIGHTON LIVING youre probably one of those humans that ponce of the government on benefits living off the state that dont go to work lays in bed all day in the warm whilst a lot of us go to work inside and outside. no we dont want snow you fool P.S GET A LIFE MATE................ ....[/p][/quote]ohh you seem angry ? some people like snow and cold weather " you do know that in the coming months the reports will be about plague of rats . Brighton and Hove streets so full of litter / "RAT FOOD " that i think that without a cold FREEZING winter the rat population is now exploding massively ..BRIGHTON LIVING might want it for its beauty but crisp white snow covered countryside can be a bonus too Mr chock
  • Score: 1

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