Sussex coastline set for high tides and flooding

Waves batter into the sea wall of a marina in Brighton on 28 October 2013 Waves battered the coast off Brighton during the St Jude's storm in October

Related Stories

High tides, large waves, and coastal flooding with winds of up to 70mph have been predicted for the Sussex coastline over the next 24 hours.

The Environment Agency said the unsettled conditions would begin in the early hours of Friday.

Members of the public have been urged to stay away from the coastline, coastal paths and promenades.

Julia Simpson, regional duty manager, said there was an increased risk of being swept out to sea.

'Common-sense precautions'

Brighton and Hove City Council said due to the storms over the last week the shape of the beach had changed and was extremely steep in some places, making it dangerous to walk close to the water's edge.

It urged people to stay well away and to be extra vigilant of young children, holding their hands, and also keeping dogs on leads.

Hastings Borough Council urged residents in low-lying areas of the town to take "common-sense precautions".

It warned that very high tides were expected at about midnight on Thursday and at midday and midnight on Friday which, combined with strong winds creating high waves and low pressure, could lead to "overtopping of the sea defences".

'Exceptional weather'

The Environment Agency said recent heavy rain, saturated ground and high river levels meant there was also a continued risk of river and surface water flooding across the region.

Earlier, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson chaired a meeting of the Cobra emergency committee, in which the UK's flood response was discussed.

He warned that a period of "exceptional weather" would hit the UK with tidal flooding expected in "numerous locations".

Mr Paterson said ministers were working to ensure all agencies were prepared.

More on This Story

Related Stories

From other news sites

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Sussex

Weather

Brighton

18 °C 17 °C

Features

  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814


  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea


  • Plane7 days quiz

    What unusual offence got a Frenchman thrown off a plane?


  • Children testing a bridge at a model-making summer school in Crawley, West SussexTiny shipyard Watch

    The art of making boats out of coffee stirrers


  • Krouwa Erick, the doctor in Sipilou town at the border of Ivory Coast and Guinea - 27 August 2014Bad trip

    The Ebola journey no-one in Ivory Coast wants to take


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.