West Sussex County Council advice ahead of storm

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WEST Sussex County Council has given advice to residents, as ‘gale force storms’ are expected to hit the area (February 14).

An ‘amber’ wind warning – which means ‘be prepared’ – has been issued by the Met Office, for 6pm today.

The winds are expected to reach 80mph, and the wind warning is in place until 10am on Saturday.

There is also a warning for rain in Sussex, which was issued for 4pm this morning, and is expected to last until 6am tomorrow.

The council said the public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel, trees being uprooted and possible damage to buildings.

It also advises to keep away from the coastline and to secure of store garden furniture.

Four times the amount of average rainfall for West Sussex has already fallen so far this year, so groundwater levels remain high.

Flood alerts remain in place for West Dean, Singleton, Charlton and Chilgrove.

For advice on what to do before, during and after floods, visit www.westsussex.gov.uk/flooding

Please report any obstructions to the highway, such as fallen trees or flooded roads, to us on 01243 642105.