Roof blown off Bexhill flats as gales batter South East

Part of the roof blown from a block of flats in Bexhill
Image caption Gusts of wind stripped roofing felt off a block of flats in Bexhill, leaving it lying on a path

Torrential rain and storm-force winds overnight have left a mark on East and West Sussex, with the fire service reporting dozens of emergency calls.

The stormy weather was particularly bad along the coast, with part of a roof blown off a block of flats in Bexhill.

Sussex Police said between 40 and 50 trees had fallen down as a result of the winds, with several roads closed.

In Kent, the Port of Dover was closed for five hours when rough seas became too dangerous for ferries.

Passengers were warned to expect delays during Tuesday and to contact ferry operators for more information.

Firefighters in East and West Sussex said they had dealt with about 90 weather-related calls by midnight, ranging from reports of flooding to problems with TV aerials and loose scaffolding boards.

In Chiltington, a large tree fell through the conservatory of a bungalow, while at a house in Haywards Heath a chimney stack had to be made safe.

In Brighton, about 14 beach huts were damaged or destroyed, the West Pier marker buoy was ripped from its moorings and washed up on the beach and a number of catamarans were overturned.

The Environment Agency warned there could be some localised flooding in a number of areas along the coast.

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