Eastbourne is bracing itself for storms on Monday as weather experts are predicting extremely unsettled weather across the south coast.
The Met Office has warned that a ‘significant storm’ will develop close to the UK which has the potential to batter Sussex with winds of up to 80mph.
The whole of southern England has been issued with an amber alert for strong gales – as well as a yellow rain warning for Monday, the lowest level of the three warnings – which could bring down trees or cause structural damage.
Eddy Carroll, chief forecaster at the Met Office, said, “This storm doesn’t exist at the moment, but our forecasts models predict it is likely to develop in the west Atlantic on Saturday. Then it’s likely to rapidly intensify just west of the UK late on Sunday before tracking across England and Wales early on Monday.
“There is still a chance this storm may take a more southerly track and miss the UK, bringing impacts elsewhere in northern Europe, but people should be aware there is a risk of severe weather and significant disruption. With that in mind, people should keep up to date with and act on the advice in our forecasts and warnings as the situation develops.”
An East Sussex County Council spokesman added, “While there remains a degree of uncertainty at this stage, we are monitoring the weather forecasts and have arrangements in place should we experience high winds and disruption.
“Our highways team has standby arrangements in place all year round and these have been reviewed in light of the weather forecast. In the event of disruption we will co-ordinate our response from the control room at our Ringmer depot and will keep residents updated through our website and via Twitter.
“Our contractors will be ready to deal with any fallen trees on the highway and we will offer assistance to private landowners where possible.
“We are also liaising with borough and district councils, in particular with regard to leaf-fall and localised flooding.
“Our emergency planning team is in contact with the emergency services to ensure a co-ordinated response.
“If a member of the public comes across any fallen trees on the public highway or localised flooding, they are advised to call our contact centre on 0345 60 80 193.”