Brace yourself for big tropical storm Bertha

A storm over Lancing College last month. Picture: Sam Stephenson

A storm over Lancing College last month. Picture: Sam Stephenson

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WEATHER warnings have been issued as Sussex braces itself for tropical storm Bertha.

The Met Office yesterday increased the likeliness of Bertha hitting the south coast from 30% to 60%.

Downpours on Sunday could see three-quarters of the average rainfall for August fall in just one day.

There is a second weather warning in place for today, with heavy downpours forecast for parts of East Sussex.

Laura Young, a spokeswoman for the Met Office, said: “The worst case we are looking at on Sunday is 60mph gusts of winds and 50mm of rain.

“Bertha will interact with the Atlantic and bring with it some strong winds and rain.”

She said Bertha looks relatively benign at the moment but is likely to get more intense as it approaches the Channel, although the severity of the storm is still to be determined.

On Sunday 50mm of rain is forecast to fall. The average rainfall for the whole of August is 69mm.

The Met Office told The Argus that, because of the time of year, there is more likely to be flooding. The volume of foliage on trees during summer means high winds have “something to grab hold of”, increasing the chance of trees being uprooted compared with the winter. In addition, experts warned that previously hard, dry ground cannot absorb a downpour, with water likely to divert to drains instead of through the earth.

This Sunday’s weather has been given a yellow warning by the Met Office advising people to be prepared – the same level that saw three weeks’ rain fall in one hour on July 28, dramatically flooding Patcham.

The Environment Agency said heavy rain may lead to surface water flooding and has advised people to regularly check the flood risk situation over the next 48 hours.

The Met Office said today’s weather forms a separate pattern to Sunday’s predictions.

Some heavy showers are forecast in the east of Sussex, but the general outlook for the rest of the county is humid and sticky.

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6:19am Fri 8 Aug 14

Wide Bertha says...

I have ...
I have ... Wide Bertha
  • Score: 7

7:35am Fri 8 Aug 14

We love Red Billy says...

Wide Bertha wrote:
I have ...
This storm can't help being big, its not her fault she is a product of her environment. Caroline Lucas needs to protest over this, we won't have stormism in Brighton and Hove.
[quote][p][bold]Wide Bertha[/bold] wrote: I have ...[/p][/quote]This storm can't help being big, its not her fault she is a product of her environment. Caroline Lucas needs to protest over this, we won't have stormism in Brighton and Hove. We love Red Billy
  • Score: 50

8:15am Fri 8 Aug 14

spa301 says...

Starting to brace but I don't want to peak too early.
Starting to brace but I don't want to peak too early. spa301
  • Score: 33

8:59am Fri 8 Aug 14

batfink12 says...

I have applied braces to both my trousers and teeth as advised - not sure how this will help? Will it stop my trousers from being blown away (not to mention my teeth)?
I have applied braces to both my trousers and teeth as advised - not sure how this will help? Will it stop my trousers from being blown away (not to mention my teeth)? batfink12
  • Score: 23

10:32am Fri 8 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent!
Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent! stevo!!
  • Score: -154

10:47am Fri 8 Aug 14

qm says...

incontinent? Okaaaaay . . . . . . .
incontinent? Okaaaaay . . . . . . . qm
  • Score: 17

10:50am Fri 8 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

qm wrote:
incontinent? Okaaaaay . . . . . . .
It looks like the skies over Sussex will be ;-)
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: incontinent? Okaaaaay . . . . . . .[/p][/quote]It looks like the skies over Sussex will be ;-) stevo!!
  • Score: -158

1:00pm Fri 8 Aug 14

batfink12 says...

Still braced...beginning to chafe
Still braced...beginning to chafe batfink12
  • Score: 24

4:41pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Zeta Function says...

Why can't we comment on the local government storm that is the £18 million housing fraud?
Why can't we comment on the local government storm that is the £18 million housing fraud? Zeta Function
  • Score: 9

4:47pm Fri 8 Aug 14

babsticals says...

stevo!! wrote:
Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent!
I think you should stay there,and I'm sure I'm not alone thinking that !
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent![/p][/quote]I think you should stay there,and I'm sure I'm not alone thinking that ! babsticals
  • Score: 104

4:52pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Voice of Brighton says...

babsticals wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent!
I think you should stay there,and I'm sure I'm not alone thinking that !
No you're certainly not alone thinking that!
[quote][p][bold]babsticals[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent![/p][/quote]I think you should stay there,and I'm sure I'm not alone thinking that ![/p][/quote]No you're certainly not alone thinking that! Voice of Brighton
  • Score: 78

7:11pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Nikski says...

stevo!! wrote:
Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent!
Is being 'on the continent' a euphemism I wonder.....?
Anyway, it appears that even though stevo is 'on the continent' he is still intent on posting his incontinent comments on here!
I guess that wherever he was in the world he would still be checking out The Argus and unable to stop himself sharing his drivel with us all.
Stevo, if you are having a break, why don't you just enjoy it and forget your local paper for a while? It would give us a break too!
[quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent![/p][/quote]Is being 'on the continent' a euphemism I wonder.....? Anyway, it appears that even though stevo is 'on the continent' he is still intent on posting his incontinent comments on here! I guess that wherever he was in the world he would still be checking out The Argus and unable to stop himself sharing his drivel with us all. Stevo, if you are having a break, why don't you just enjoy it and forget your local paper for a while? It would give us a break too! Nikski
  • Score: 61

7:36pm Fri 8 Aug 14

stevo!! says...

Nikski wrote:
stevo!! wrote:
Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent!
Is being 'on the continent' a euphemism I wonder.....?
Anyway, it appears that even though stevo is 'on the continent' he is still intent on posting his incontinent comments on here!
I guess that wherever he was in the world he would still be checking out The Argus and unable to stop himself sharing his drivel with us all.
Stevo, if you are having a break, why don't you just enjoy it and forget your local paper for a while? It would give us a break too!
Why shouldn't someone keep in touch with local events when they are abroad?
[quote][p][bold]Nikski[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]stevo!![/bold] wrote: Thank Goodness I'll still be on the Continent![/p][/quote]Is being 'on the continent' a euphemism I wonder.....? Anyway, it appears that even though stevo is 'on the continent' he is still intent on posting his incontinent comments on here! I guess that wherever he was in the world he would still be checking out The Argus and unable to stop himself sharing his drivel with us all. Stevo, if you are having a break, why don't you just enjoy it and forget your local paper for a while? It would give us a break too![/p][/quote]Why shouldn't someone keep in touch with local events when they are abroad? stevo!!
  • Score: -53

9:06pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Voice of Brighton says...

Most people visit other countries to experience the culture, the food, the history and see new and amazing sights - Stevo just plays on his phone.
Most people visit other countries to experience the culture, the food, the history and see new and amazing sights - Stevo just plays on his phone. Voice of Brighton
  • Score: 60

9:09pm Fri 8 Aug 14

Voice of Brighton says...

Oh I forgot, Stevo doesn't like other cultures or anything 'foreign' - that's why he's a March For England supporter.
Oh I forgot, Stevo doesn't like other cultures or anything 'foreign' - that's why he's a March For England supporter. Voice of Brighton
  • Score: 63

7:00am Sat 9 Aug 14

Old Ladys Gin says...

Fog in the Channel the Continent isolated whilst Bertha bashes Bournemouth, Brighton and Brixham.
Fog in the Channel the Continent isolated whilst Bertha bashes Bournemouth, Brighton and Brixham. Old Ladys Gin
  • Score: 0

6:52pm Sun 10 Aug 14

Brighton sunset says...

Zeta Function wrote:
Why can't we comment on the local government storm that is the £18 million housing fraud?
Why, why has it taken 10 years for internal audit to come across this fraud (theft in other words) and who has been "in charge" during this period does no-one check that these claims are legitimate before being paid. What other contractors reap benefits from this type of nudge nudge wink process, how about Mears being checked out and others for the last 10 years to make sure everything is above board. A full investigation should be started by an external company, thereby avoiding a cover up, into all outgoing payments especially as its our taxpayers money that has been used in this corruption. Come on citizens lobby your councillers, ask questions, demand answers. £18 million pounds is an awful lot of money that could have been put to very good use in these times of austerity. Is this indeed the amount of money unlawfully used or could it be worse. Someone in internal audit did not have their eye on the ball and should be made accountable. Come on Argus investigative journalists to the fore for the people of Brighton & Hove.
[quote][p][bold]Zeta Function[/bold] wrote: Why can't we comment on the local government storm that is the £18 million housing fraud?[/p][/quote]Why, why has it taken 10 years for internal audit to come across this fraud (theft in other words) and who has been "in charge" during this period does no-one check that these claims are legitimate before being paid. What other contractors reap benefits from this type of nudge nudge wink process, how about Mears being checked out and others for the last 10 years to make sure everything is above board. A full investigation should be started by an external company, thereby avoiding a cover up, into all outgoing payments especially as its our taxpayers money that has been used in this corruption. Come on citizens lobby your councillers, ask questions, demand answers. £18 million pounds is an awful lot of money that could have been put to very good use in these times of austerity. Is this indeed the amount of money unlawfully used or could it be worse. Someone in internal audit did not have their eye on the ball and should be made accountable. Come on Argus investigative journalists to the fore for the people of Brighton & Hove. Brighton sunset
  • Score: -1

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