Heavy rain and gale force winds are expected to continue in Sussex over the weekend.

As the storm started to hit Sussex this morning, East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has so far dealt with around six flooding related calls.

According to the Met Office heavy rain may give totals up to 40mm in the south of England, with winds of up to 60mph in some areas.

Met Office chief forecaster Bob Wilderspin said: “We are expecting severe weather over the next few days.

“We are monitoring how the situation develops, issuing forecasts and warnings to keep people updated.”

The Environment Agency said it is likely to issue flood warnings over the new few days.

Meanwhile, Sussex Police is urging motorists to take extra care on the roads.

Superintendent Steve Barry, head of Sussex Police's Road Policing Unit said: "It's very easy to get cocooned into the comfort of your car, but you must be ready for whatever nature throws at us and that could well be flooded roads and fallen trees.

"Watch your speed, don't take unnecessary risks and don't be tempted to rush. Be patient with the motorist ahead, particularly when driving through deep lying surface water.

"If you have to, slow right down and drive through in first gear. Always test your brakes, when you come out the other side."

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