Gales and torrential rain forecast as Met Office issues severe weather warning for Sussex

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THE MET Office has a severe weather warning in place for Sussex today (Monday September 24) with periods of heavy rain and torrential downpours forecast.

The public should be prepared for an increased risk of both surface water and river flooding during this period.

While the Met Office has only issued a yellow warning for rain in Sussex today, the least serious weather warning, Sussex is on amber alert for wind today.

The band of heavy rain will move north east across South East England later this morning, followed by a rapid increase in the wind as it becomes a westerly.

Gusts of 50-60 mph are likely inland with a risk of 65-70 mph gusts along exposed coasts.

The public should be prepared for the risk of disruption, particularly to travel.

Further rain or showers, heavy and persistent in places, are likely during Tuesday (September 25).

The rain will be accompanied by gales and possibly severe gales for a time.

People should remain aware of the potential for further localised disruption due to heavy rain and the very strong winds.