Delays, disruption and damage as three weeks of rain falls in Sussex storms

Delays, disruption and damage as three weeks of rain falls in Sussex storms

Mick Symes took this picture of Worthing railway station.

Heavy rain has caused flooding

Hail stones collected by Harry Garth of Hove

Tourists struggling to stay dry in Brighton. Picture: Sam Stephenson

South Street in Portslade this morning

A rainfall map from the Met Office

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Almost three weeks of rain fell on Brighton and Hove and surrounding areas this morning, according to the Met Office.

And forecasters say this could be the lower end of the reading due to hail thrown into the mix.

The Met Office said that because of the volume of hail, and the time it takes to melt, rain gauges might not even have picked up the true amount of water that fell.

Mark Wilson, a meteorologist for the Met Office, said: "The issue we have is that the rain fell in such a short period of time."

It says the July average is 53.1mm of rain. In the space of one hour this morning, a measuring station in Isfield recorded 37mm of rain. Another measuring station in Wych Cross recorded 30mm between 9am this morning and 3pm.

Brighton Station and Hove Station both experienced heavy delays after being hit by lightning this morning. At Hove lightning reportedly hit a rail sub station.

Trains were delayed by up to 30mins between Portslade and Hove due to electricity supply problems.

Parts of Patcham, Hove Park and Mile Oak have been affected by flooding.

The 1 and 1A Brighton and Hove bus services were unable to serve Mile Oak due to flooding, stopping at Boundary Road.

Elm Road in Portslade was the scene of a flooded house.

Simon Mander, 42, of Trafalgar Road in Portslade saw a fire crew from Hove pumping out the house.

The crew had come from a lightning strike in Hangleton.

"It was pretty intense," he said.

Peter Freeman, 41, lives in the house with his wife, a lodger and two dogs.

He said: "We are devastated. You have got to be British and keep a stiff upper lip, though."

South Street in Portslade was also the scene of flash flooding but residents waded into the road to lift manhole covers before water breached people's homes.

Bouts of hail are behind the flash flooding. Pea-sized hail stones fell across Brighton and Hove.

Harry Garth, 20, of Hove Villas in Hove was sweeping them away from the door of his basement flat this morning at 7am.

Other parts of Hove, including Wilbury Road, Clarendon Villas and Goldstone Villas, were hit by road flooding.

The Martlets Hospice reported that its warehouse was severely flooded this morning with more than 100 pieces of donated furniture damaged.

A heavy torrent of water was filmed near Sussex County Cricket Club in Hove.

Brighton Fire Station reported two fire engines out on multiple calls, including three lightning strikes, with Shoreham fire engines also jumping from one call to another since 5.50am.

A crew from Seaford was standing by in Newhaven after its crew was called out.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service responded to numerous calls this morning, many involving water affecting house electrics. Where water is effecting the mains switch and it is not safe to switch it off, ESFRS is advising people to call 999.

Duty Officer, Richard Fowler, said: "If water gets into light fittings and sockets,  turning off your electrical supply will reduce the risk of fire. However, if water reaches the main electrical supply switch, then you should not touch it. In this instance, call the fire service."

There was also flooding at Worthing Station, where a partly submerged underpass meant passengers were stranded on platforms. Worthing fire crews were on the scene.

Sussex Police is warning drivers to be careful as weather forecasters warn of more to come.

Road policing officer PC Andy Huggett said: "Heavy rain after a long warm spell invariably leads to slippery roads and drivers need to immediately adjust to the new conditions.

"Along with the surface conditions, there are the added hazards of very heavy rain, flash flooding and poor visibility and it is essential that drivers make allowances. Use your lights, keep your distance and ensure that you can see clearly.
 
"If you do encounter flooding, slow down and don't go into the water unless you are absolutely sure that it is not too deep for your vehicle."

People flooded out of their homes were being looked after at Hove Town Hall.

Brighton and Hove City Council says essential services are being prioritised and maintained.

The Met Office said the rest of the week will be generally sunny in Brighton and Hove, with some showers.

On the next 48 hours, Mr Wilson of the Met Office added: "There is a continued risk of some showers and rain. There could be a bit more organised rain fall coming through."

Had a stormy experience? Send your pictures or videos to news@theargus.co.uk.

 

 

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8:01am Mon 28 Jul 14

Hovegeek says...

Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying!
Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying! Hovegeek
  • Score: 1

8:03am Mon 28 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

We're all goners!
We're all goners! Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -25

8:17am Mon 28 Jul 14

hehasmoments says...

Walked to Hove station this morning to find it closed, why is that not being reported anywhere?
Walked to Hove station this morning to find it closed, why is that not being reported anywhere? hehasmoments
  • Score: 0

8:36am Mon 28 Jul 14

applecore says...

hehasmoments wrote:
Walked to Hove station this morning to find it closed, why is that not being reported anywhere?
It Is closed. It was struck last night and there are virtually no trains into London.
I can't understand why the argus haven't noticed this! It's all over twitter and the national press have reported it.
[quote][p][bold]hehasmoments[/bold] wrote: Walked to Hove station this morning to find it closed, why is that not being reported anywhere?[/p][/quote]It Is closed. It was struck last night and there are virtually no trains into London. I can't understand why the argus haven't noticed this! It's all over twitter and the national press have reported it. applecore
  • Score: 30

8:43am Mon 28 Jul 14

monkeymoo says...

Thank god the Fire Authority have voted to get rid of fire engines from the county, in a vain attempt to save a few quid.

It's not like we need them at all!!
Thank god the Fire Authority have voted to get rid of fire engines from the county, in a vain attempt to save a few quid. It's not like we need them at all!! monkeymoo
  • Score: 67

8:46am Mon 28 Jul 14

stevensavage says...

a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day
a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day stevensavage
  • Score: -40

9:12am Mon 28 Jul 14

portugal35 says...

Can the sun please return for normal viewing.
Can the sun please return for normal viewing. portugal35
  • Score: 2

9:13am Mon 28 Jul 14

gilbertthecat says...

So glad the Argus managed to find a witness in Portslade and get such an incisive quote for the paper - "It was pretty intense." Is that really the best a journalist can come up with?
So glad the Argus managed to find a witness in Portslade and get such an incisive quote for the paper - "It was pretty intense." Is that really the best a journalist can come up with? gilbertthecat
  • Score: 11

9:24am Mon 28 Jul 14

spa301 says...

gilbertthecat wrote:
So glad the Argus managed to find a witness in Portslade and get such an incisive quote for the paper - "It was pretty intense." Is that really the best a journalist can come up with?
That's worthy of a Pulitzer prize by the standards of the Argus. However in their defence it must be tricky to report on adverse weather in the Brighton area when they're all based in Southampton!
[quote][p][bold]gilbertthecat[/bold] wrote: So glad the Argus managed to find a witness in Portslade and get such an incisive quote for the paper - "It was pretty intense." Is that really the best a journalist can come up with?[/p][/quote]That's worthy of a Pulitzer prize by the standards of the Argus. However in their defence it must be tricky to report on adverse weather in the Brighton area when they're all based in Southampton! spa301
  • Score: 31

9:33am Mon 28 Jul 14

AlbionAli says...

Its obviously not even raining in Southampton ! It took me 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive from Southwick to Brighton this morning. There is no information about A259 at Fishersgate being flooded and down to just being passable in the middle of the road, or if A259 Portslade had been opened after closure due to a house fire, or A259 Hove Laws where 3 fire engines are in attendance pumping water from homes on the the lawns, road down to 1 lane in both directions. Is seems The Argus is now reliant on members of the public to report in its behalf.
Its obviously not even raining in Southampton ! It took me 1 hour and 10 minutes to drive from Southwick to Brighton this morning. There is no information about A259 at Fishersgate being flooded and down to just being passable in the middle of the road, or if A259 Portslade had been opened after closure due to a house fire, or A259 Hove Laws where 3 fire engines are in attendance pumping water from homes on the the lawns, road down to 1 lane in both directions. Is seems The Argus is now reliant on members of the public to report in its behalf. AlbionAli
  • Score: 22

9:49am Mon 28 Jul 14

applecore says...

What happened to the comments?
What happened to the comments? applecore
  • Score: -5

9:53am Mon 28 Jul 14

spa301 says...

stevensavage wrote:
a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day
Judging by you're self satisfaction, have a nice future!
[quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day[/p][/quote]Judging by you're self satisfaction, have a nice future! spa301
  • Score: 14

10:09am Mon 28 Jul 14

spa301 says...

apologies, your not you're!
apologies, your not you're! spa301
  • Score: 3

10:17am Mon 28 Jul 14

uwho99 says...

Got some very happy slugs and snails trailing around my garden so its not all bad,,, Now where’s the Salt
Got some very happy slugs and snails trailing around my garden so its not all bad,,, Now where’s the Salt uwho99
  • Score: 10

10:22am Mon 28 Jul 14

Mike Ockslong says...

Hovegeek wrote:
Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying!
get a surge protector whilst you're at it. same thing happened to me last month
[quote][p][bold]Hovegeek[/bold] wrote: Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying![/p][/quote]get a surge protector whilst you're at it. same thing happened to me last month Mike Ockslong
  • Score: 7

10:43am Mon 28 Jul 14

Pitviper says...

Hovegeek wrote:
Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying!
Poor old you, what about the people whose homes have been flooded? and why didn't you have a surge protector?
[quote][p][bold]Hovegeek[/bold] wrote: Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying![/p][/quote]Poor old you, what about the people whose homes have been flooded? and why didn't you have a surge protector? Pitviper
  • Score: -17

11:34am Mon 28 Jul 14

eurorider says...

I have to say that Julie Rainey's picture is incredible..... sums up the whole thing perfectly.
Great snapping Julie.
But surely thats not your real name... I mean Rainey...come on !
I have to say that Julie Rainey's picture is incredible..... sums up the whole thing perfectly. Great snapping Julie. But surely thats not your real name... I mean Rainey...come on ! eurorider
  • Score: 6

1:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

sussexram40 says...

It's stopped now.
It's stopped now. sussexram40
  • Score: 1

1:56pm Mon 28 Jul 14

twonk says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
We're all goners!
As long as we're no Gooners.
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: We're all goners![/p][/quote]As long as we're no Gooners. twonk
  • Score: 1

2:41pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Youlikemyjugs says...

Hovegeek wrote:
Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying!
Why would anyone post something as boring as this? - who cares?
[quote][p][bold]Hovegeek[/bold] wrote: Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying![/p][/quote]Why would anyone post something as boring as this? - who cares? Youlikemyjugs
  • Score: -20

3:18pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Mr Farkenbus says...

What happened to the weather today...someone sav'ed oln it
What happened to the weather today...someone sav'ed oln it Mr Farkenbus
  • Score: -1

3:32pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Andy R says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
Hovegeek wrote:
Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying!
Why would anyone post something as boring as this? - who cares?
Moron
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hovegeek[/bold] wrote: Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying![/p][/quote]Why would anyone post something as boring as this? - who cares?[/p][/quote]Moron Andy R
  • Score: 10

3:55pm Mon 28 Jul 14

crazychick77 says...

My broadband was plugged into a surge protecter and it still got fried! Will help a surge in power nit a lightening strike
My broadband was plugged into a surge protecter and it still got fried! Will help a surge in power nit a lightening strike crazychick77
  • Score: 4

4:00pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Mike Ockslong says...

crazychick77 wrote:
My broadband was plugged into a surge protecter and it still got fried! Will help a surge in power nit a lightening strike
get a lightning rod
[quote][p][bold]crazychick77[/bold] wrote: My broadband was plugged into a surge protecter and it still got fried! Will help a surge in power nit a lightening strike[/p][/quote]get a lightning rod Mike Ockslong
  • Score: 2

4:15pm Mon 28 Jul 14

tez1959 says...

stevensavage wrote:
a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day
people like you make me sick a scrounging b-m spongeing off the state someone like you needs to be made to go out and sweep the drains of leaves so decent human beings dont get flooded out get real low life and get a job scrounger
[quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day[/p][/quote]people like you make me sick a scrounging b-m spongeing off the state someone like you needs to be made to go out and sweep the drains of leaves so decent human beings dont get flooded out get real low life and get a job scrounger tez1959
  • Score: -3

4:21pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Andy R says...

tez1959 wrote:
stevensavage wrote:
a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day
people like you make me sick a scrounging b-m spongeing off the state someone like you needs to be made to go out and sweep the drains of leaves so decent human beings dont get flooded out get real low life and get a job scrounger
So easy to fool, some people.......
[quote][p][bold]tez1959[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day[/p][/quote]people like you make me sick a scrounging b-m spongeing off the state someone like you needs to be made to go out and sweep the drains of leaves so decent human beings dont get flooded out get real low life and get a job scrounger[/p][/quote]So easy to fool, some people....... Andy R
  • Score: 13

4:29pm Mon 28 Jul 14

tez1959 says...

stevensavage wrote:
a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day
people like you make me sick a scrounging b-m spongeing off the state someone like you needs to be made to go out and sweep the drains of leaves so decent human beings dont get flooded out get real low life and get a job scrounger
[quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day[/p][/quote]people like you make me sick a scrounging b-m spongeing off the state someone like you needs to be made to go out and sweep the drains of leaves so decent human beings dont get flooded out get real low life and get a job scrounger tez1959
  • Score: -4

4:29pm Mon 28 Jul 14

tez1959 says...

stevensavage wrote:
a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day
people like you make me sick a scrounging b-m spongeing off the state someone like you needs to be made to go out and sweep the drains of leaves so decent human beings dont get flooded out get real low life and get a job scrounger
[quote][p][bold]stevensavage[/bold] wrote: a bit of rain,flooding,leaves on the train track,wind or hailstone and things stop running.buy wellington boots and water proof clothing to get yourselves into work.set off earlier to make sure you reach the workplace.im unemployed myself so i will be laying in bed watching jezza kyle with my cup of tea and a roll up.have a nice day[/p][/quote]people like you make me sick a scrounging b-m spongeing off the state someone like you needs to be made to go out and sweep the drains of leaves so decent human beings dont get flooded out get real low life and get a job scrounger tez1959
  • Score: -3

4:43pm Mon 28 Jul 14

ohhumanity says...

I can't believe no ones blamed this on the gays yet. Clearly a homopocalypse!
I can't believe no ones blamed this on the gays yet. Clearly a homopocalypse! ohhumanity
  • Score: -1

5:12pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Ohnotagain ! says...

Hovegeek wrote:
Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying!
Contents insurance ?
[quote][p][bold]Hovegeek[/bold] wrote: Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying![/p][/quote]Contents insurance ? Ohnotagain !
  • Score: 0

5:53pm Mon 28 Jul 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Glad to have the Youtube clip of how the hell we took such a hit out of nowhere - totally not predicted. Watching it on this clip actually FORM directly overhead out of nothing over a few hours and then explode all over us......humbling. Nobody could have prepared for it. Except by using surge protection and unplugging things just in case. Grateful for mine this morning.

Really sad for the 100 or so that Penny Thompson has just told the radio got flooded out. She said they had a rest centre at Hove Town Hall till 9pm. Summers well wrecked for them. Just awful. Kings Gardens and the Courtneys by Medina Terrace very badly flooded I hear.
Glad to have the Youtube clip of how the hell we took such a hit out of nowhere - totally not predicted. Watching it on this clip actually FORM directly overhead out of nothing over a few hours and then explode all over us......humbling. Nobody could have prepared for it. Except by using surge protection and unplugging things just in case. Grateful for mine this morning. Really sad for the 100 or so that Penny Thompson has just told the radio got flooded out. She said they had a rest centre at Hove Town Hall till 9pm. Summers well wrecked for them. Just awful. Kings Gardens and the Courtneys by Medina Terrace very badly flooded I hear. Valerie Paynter
  • Score: 3

5:59pm Mon 28 Jul 14

pumpkineater23 says...

Youlikemyjugs wrote:
Hovegeek wrote:
Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying!
Why would anyone post something as boring as this? - who cares?
I notice 'Youlikemyjugs' that you left the most stupid comment in the previous thread I read through too.
I didn't think the scaffolding post was particularly boring. Actually I might take heed of the post and invest in protecting my networking equipment. More to the point, why would anyone leave hateful ignorant petty little posts such as the ones you leave?
[quote][p][bold]Youlikemyjugs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hovegeek[/bold] wrote: Our scaffolding was hit by lightning and fried some of my networking equipment, will cost around £260 to replace it all. How annoying![/p][/quote]Why would anyone post something as boring as this? - who cares?[/p][/quote]I notice 'Youlikemyjugs' that you left the most stupid comment in the previous thread I read through too. I didn't think the scaffolding post was particularly boring. Actually I might take heed of the post and invest in protecting my networking equipment. More to the point, why would anyone leave hateful ignorant petty little posts such as the ones you leave? pumpkineater23
  • Score: 11

10:53pm Mon 28 Jul 14

worthingite says...

eurorider wrote:
I have to say that Julie Rainey's picture is incredible..... sums up the whole thing perfectly.
Great snapping Julie.
But surely thats not your real name... I mean Rainey...come on !
Don't give this lot any free pictures.....They would give you a free advert would they!
[quote][p][bold]eurorider[/bold] wrote: I have to say that Julie Rainey's picture is incredible..... sums up the whole thing perfectly. Great snapping Julie. But surely thats not your real name... I mean Rainey...come on ![/p][/quote]Don't give this lot any free pictures.....They would give you a free advert would they! worthingite
  • Score: 0

10:53pm Mon 28 Jul 14

worthingite says...

worthingite wrote:
eurorider wrote:
I have to say that Julie Rainey's picture is incredible..... sums up the whole thing perfectly.
Great snapping Julie.
But surely thats not your real name... I mean Rainey...come on !
Don't give this lot any free pictures.....They would give you a free advert would they!
Sorry wouldn't, long day!
[quote][p][bold]worthingite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]eurorider[/bold] wrote: I have to say that Julie Rainey's picture is incredible..... sums up the whole thing perfectly. Great snapping Julie. But surely thats not your real name... I mean Rainey...come on ![/p][/quote]Don't give this lot any free pictures.....They would give you a free advert would they![/p][/quote]Sorry wouldn't, long day! worthingite
  • Score: 0

12:06am Tue 29 Jul 14

wippasnapper says...

Sins southern Water took over the control of cleaning our drains and I’m talking about road drains practically all of them have not been cleaned out sins so every time it rains all that water has no where to go until it reaches low laying eara’s take the bottom of Coldean Lain most of the drains a so full of silt the water flows over the top out onto the Lewes road but there are many other eara’s around that will suffer far weirs.
Sins southern Water took over the control of cleaning our drains and I’m talking about road drains practically all of them have not been cleaned out sins so every time it rains all that water has no where to go until it reaches low laying eara’s take the bottom of Coldean Lain most of the drains a so full of silt the water flows over the top out onto the Lewes road but there are many other eara’s around that will suffer far weirs. wippasnapper
  • Score: 0

12:07am Tue 29 Jul 14

Brighton Bill says...

We have had NO rain or storms up here in SUNNY Bradford.
We have had NO rain or storms up here in SUNNY Bradford. Brighton Bill
  • Score: 0

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