ST JUDE STORM LATEST: Eastbourne surveys the damage after fierce storm

Storm damaged trees in Southfields Road, Eastbourne.
Storm damaged trees in Southfields Road, Eastbourne.

The town appears to be returning to normal this evening (Monday) after the St Jude storm wreaked havoc across many areas.

Trees were ripped from the ground by the wind, many homes lost power and emergency services were kept busy throughout the early hours and during the day responding to calls for help. There were also flooding problems.

Trains and bus services were disrupted this morning because of fallen trees on roads and railway lines.

A spokesperson for Southern Rail said this evening, “All routes on the Southern network are now open following this morning’s storm which saw more than 40 trees fall onto Southern railway lines.

“We are operating a temporary timetable for the rest of the day, details of which can be found at

“We plan to provide a normal weekday service tomorrow (Tuesday October 29).

Earlier today, a taxi driver had a lucky escape when a tree fell on his car in The Goffs at 1.15am and in Newhaven lifeboats and coastguards are still searching for a 14-year-old boy who was swept out to sea by a freak wave while playing on the beach on Sunday afternoon.

*Read all about the storm damage in tomorrow’s Eastbourne Gazette. We will also be running readers’ photographs of damage in this Friday’s Eastbourne Herald. Send your photographs and stories to