BEACHGOERS have been warned to stay away from the seaside as Storm Dennis is set to bring 70mph winds to Sussex.

Gales are expected to peak during Saturday, potentially damaging trees, disrupting travel, and causing power cuts.

Brighton and Hove City Council has warned swimmers beaches could be "extremely dangerous" in the stormy weather.

"We urge people to keep well away from high waves and rough seas," a spokesman said.

"Brighton and Hove’s beaches can be extremely dangerous in stormy weather with violent waves coming from different directions, coupled with freezing temperatures and high spring tides."

The city council also expects shingle and debris to be washed up on Hove promenade as a result of the storm.

It has planned for a clean-up crew to tackle the aftermath of the storm on Monday.

"In addition to clearing the promenade, we’re working to move shingle that has built up at the rear of the beach to reduce the impact of waves ‘overtopping’ sea walls and other structures during storms," the spokesman said.

"Cityclean, highways and seafront teams are working together and the clear up operation will focus on clearing affected areas of the promenade."

The spokesman also warned heavy rain on Sunday could lead to disruption on the roads and flooding of homes and businesses.

A severe weather shelter for rough sleepers will open in Brighton Town Hall from 7pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Dangerous structures, fallen trees, and lampposts in Brighton and Hove should be reported to the city council 01273 292229.

Damaged telephone lines and poles should be reported to 0800 023 2023.

Any disruption to power should be reported to UK Power Networks on 0800 316 3105.

Only fallen trees and hazards causing an immediate danger should be reported to 999.