Gale force winds batter South Coast

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FESTIVITIES were brought to an abrupt end yesterday (January 3) as Eastbourne was battered by gale-force winds.

Gusts of up to 70mph hit the south coast as the Christmas and New Year break came to an end.

The powerful winds prompted a severe weather warning from the Met Office and Eastbourne was among many towns across the country to be on alert for high winds and rain.

A spokesperson from East Sussex Fire and Rescue said the crews were prepared for weather-related callouts but had fortunately not received any calls to fallen trees or damaged buildings before the Gazette went to press.

However, firefighters were needed in Old Town after a trampoline was blown from a garden onto the roof of a house.

A crew from Eastbourne went to the home in Upland Road and used an aerial ladder platform to remove the trampoline.

A spokesperson from the Met Office said, “The winds will be strong enough to bring down the odd branches or even tree but they are not going to see widespread travel problems.”

This is the second bout of stormy weather this winter.

In the middle of December the Gazette reported high winds and heavy rain had caused damage to properties in the town.

Hayley Roberts, from Grasmere Close, had a lucky escape when a tree from her neighbour’s garden fell in the wind and damaged her conservatory but missed her house by centimetres.

Despite the high winds this winter, temperatures have been mild for the time of year. January is usually the coldest month with average temperatures between 0.5C to 3C.

But as the gales ripped through Eastbourne yesterday temperatures were around 11C.

The weather will remain windy throughout the week but conditions are expected to be calmer with brighter weather on the way towards the end of the week.

Were you affected by the weather yesterday? Call 414484 or email