Gale force storms lash East Sussex - more bad weather on its way

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EAST SUSSEX was battered by gale force storms last night with gusts along the coast reaching 75mph.

A fallen tree in between Chailey and Scaynes Hill near the BP petrol station brought down power cables on the A272.

The road is currently closed in both directions between Church Road and B2183 Beggar’s Wood Road.

Reports came into the Sussex Express that the A267 Tunbridge Wells to Heathfield Road was blocked by fallen trees this morning in two places at Five Ashes and Mark Cross.

And on the A271 in Herstmonceux a tree was down this morning during rush hour at the junction with Cricketing Lane.

The B2102 in Ukcfield had two sets of problems.

There was an accident at Sandy Lane junction involved two cars and a tree, while the carriageway was flooded near Blackboys.

The Environment Agency is warning flooding is possible along coastal areas from Beachy Head to Western Arm Shoreham Harbour.

The forecast is looking better today but sadly this week does not hold much promise. This week gusts could top 50mph.

Today (Tuesday December 13) there will be sunny intervals developing but also with some heavy, blustery showers, especially near the south coast.

Some of the showers could turn wintry, falling as hail or sleet, especially over hills.

It will remain quite windy and the maximum temperature will hover around 8 °C.

Tonight it will stay cold and quite windy with some showers.

Showers will be wintry at times over hills, and are more likely later in the night. The minimum temperature will be 2 °C.

Wednesday will be another cold and breezy day with sunny spells and some showers.

The showers are again likely to be wintry over hills. The maximum temperature will be 7 °C.

After the Met Office put East Sussex on a yellow alert yesterday, the region will be on yet another yellow alert on Thursday.

Rapidly strengthening winds and heavy rain are likely to reach the west later on Thursday and extend quickly eastwards overnight into Friday bringing another potentially stormy period.

The public is advised to monitor warnings for this period, noting that the warning may be upgraded.