SEVERE weather conditions left their mark on the South East last night with trees felled and roads turned into rivers.

This morning some homes in Sussex awoke to find they had lost power as a result of the high winds and heavy rain.

Hove residents in the town hall area are being warned by electricity company UK Power Networks that they could be without power until this afternoon.

A spokesman said: "An underground electricity cable faulted on our high voltage network, causing an area wide power cut.

"We're sorry for any disruption this may be causing you.

"We estimate the power will be back on between 12.30pm and 1.30pm."

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The company also warned of power cuts in Shoreham and in areas surrounding Lewes.

The spokesman said: "We were investigating a high voltage overhead electricity line fault which caused a power cut in the local area."

He added that it was not yet known when power would return to the area.

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There was also disruption last night as fire crews were called to take down two signs in the wind.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service station manager James McGrath said: "There was a multi-agency response last night to remove two high-level signs at Gatwick Airport.

"Great skill and effort by crews from Horsham Fire and Crawley Fire, using the aerial ladder platform in very tough conditions."

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A West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokesman added that crews had "been called to a number of weather-related incidents in the last 12 hours".