A YELLOW weather warning has been issued as the county feels the brunt of Storm Erik blowing in.

The warning is in place between 9am to 8pm today.

While the storm is mainly battering the north-western parts of the country, the Met Office said: “A swathe of strong south-westerly winds will bring gusts of 50-60mph to southern counties of England, initially across south-west England, but then affecting areas further east this afternoon.

"Winds will ease from the west through the afternoon and evening.”

However, wet and windy weather is expected to continue over the weekend. Sussex residents have been reminded to keep away from the seafront.

Shoreham Coastguard wrote on its Facebook page: “Dangerous weather warning for this weekend on Brighton’s and the rest of Sussex’s seafront with 75mph plus winds and up to 12ft high waves due to a developing storm in the English Channel.

“Please advise all friends and family to keep off the seafront as these dangerous conditions can cause serious injury or even death.

“Drink Responsibly, and enjoy your night. If you see anyone in trouble along the coast, dial 999 and ask for the Coastguard.”