Sussex

Stormy weather causes disruption across Sussex

Brighton Pier in storm
Image caption The Sussex coast was battered by heavy seas as storms caused havoc

High winds, heavy rain and stormy seas have caused widespread disruption across Sussex.

Ferry services from Newhaven in East Sussex to Dieppe were disrupted because of gale force winds in the English Channel.

A fallen electricity pylon damaged a semi-detached house and part of the roof of a converted chapel was blown off in Sidlesham, near Chichester.

Flights at Gatwick Airport in West Sussex were also disrupted.

Flooding at Haywards Heath affected services to Lewes and a tree on the line between Rye and Ashford caused delays.

'No reported injuries'

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service said it had received more than 40 weather-related emergency calls to its command centre over a four-hour period.

A spokesman for the service said: "Crews have been called to assist with a wide variety of potentially dangerous situations including fallen trees, loose roofing, precariously hanging signs and canopies and unstable chimney stacks.

"Two of the more serious calls came in Sidlesham with the gable end of a semi-detached house badly damaged by a fallen electricity pylon and, in a separate incident, part of a roof blown off a converted chapel on Mill Lane.

"Thankfully, there have been no reported injuries."

Also in West Sussex, flooding closed a lane on the eastbound A27 Chichester by-pass between Fishbourne Road and Oving Road, and the B2100 was blocked both ways between Wadhurst and Mark Cross in East Sussex.

There was also flooding on the A24 Findon by-pass. Selsfield Road in West Hoathly was blocked by a fallen tree at the Chapel Row junction.

Fallen trees also caused some traffic delays in other parts of Sussex.

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