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Turtle and puffin washed up on Sussex coast
10:52am Tuesday 18th February 2014 in News
A turtle and a puffin are the latest victim of the storms to be washed up on Sussex beaches, joining starfish, a dolphin and seabirds.
The remains of the turtle were washed up on Saltdean beach yesterday. Matt Coyne posted a picture on Twitter, saying: "Sad to see this little turtle washed up on Saltdean beach today."
The puffin was found in Newhaven, one of a number of seabirds reported by Sussex bird watchers, including razorbills on Shoreham Beach.
This picture of starfish on Hove beach, on the section of beach to the west of Millionaire's Row near the lagoon, was sent to us by Darryl Perry.
However, this week is expected to see a return of more settled conditions with winds easing.
A Met Office forecaster told The Argus: “While we will continue to see wet and windy weather it will be |a return to more normal wintry conditions.
“It is set to be fairly dry on Tuesday and Wednesday before more rain on Thursday. There looks to be more showers on Friday and then the same on Saturday.
“Looking into next month, there will be a slight rise in temperature but a continuation of the unsettled weather.”
Despite the improvement, the Environment Agency has restored its flood warning for Patcham. Flood alerts also remained for the Winterbourne Stream and West Dean areas of the county.
With the worst of the weather over, the clean-up begins. Along Hove seafront, sections of the cast iron railings were smashed by strong winds and waves. A number of the privately-owned beach huts were also destroyed.
A council spokesman said: “There has been significant damage along the coastline.
“We will be assessing the damage and then prioritising repairs accordingly.
“In the meantime all significant hazards have been made safe until repairs can be undertaken by an appropriate contractor.”