West Sussex is bracing itself for high winds and heavy rain tonight. The Environment Agency is likely to issue a flood alert for Worthing as a precautionary measure.
The Met Office is predicting winds of up to 65 mph inland and up to 75 mph on the coast, with rainfall of up to 40 mm expected. Localised flooding could occur and structural damage and damage to trees may be caused by the winds.
The worst of the weather is expected between 2.00 am and 5.00 am on Thursday morning (January 15th) so motorists travelling before sunrise are being warned to be extra vigilant.
Homeowners are encouraged to secure any garden furniture tonight before the winds arrive.
Any impact on West Sussex schools will be publicised on WSCC website from first thing Thursday morning.
Commuters using the trains are asked to keep an eye on their service’s website and twitter feeds for the latest information.
Any impacts on flights to and from Gatwick Airport will be reported on its website.
The Environment Agency will be updating its information and flood advice throughout the day and night on the website.