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Residents in Pevensey Bay have woken this morning (Monday 10 February) to the damage caused by Storm Ciara

The sun is out but the tail end of Storm Ciara is still in evidence. There are still strong winds here.  The wind speed currently (09:00 Monday morning) is 15mph, but gsuts of up to 34mph are being recorded..

Typical of the kind of damage caused by the violent storm is shown in the picture sent in by publisher of Bay Life and the Pevensey Bay Journal, Dianne Dear.

The fencing around the corner of the Eastbourne Road and North Road, at the fork in the road, was torn up by the force of the wind and had to be removed from the road.

Local resident, Elaine Huggett,  jokingly commented on the Bay Life newsfeed “garden clearance sale, 6 trampolines, 21 fence panels (various sizes), 45 Marley roof tiles, half a shed, contact me for prices” adding “correction only 4 trampolines remaining, two have moved on, new stock arriving every five minutes”.

Seventy mile an hour winds caused chaos across Sussex.

A trampoline was blown onto a railway line. Beaches were taped off as authorities tried” to keep people safe

Amber wind and “danger to life” warnings had been put in place by the Met Office across the South East for the duration of yesterday.

Network Rail warned that disruption could continue into this morning.

Nick King, the company’s network services director, said: “We worked closely with our train operator partners to ensure passengers and freight are moved as safely and reliably as possible over the weekend and into Monday morning.

“But with such strong winds expected across large parts of the country, there will inevitably be some reduced services and speed restrictions in place.

“We advise passengers travelling on Monday to check their journeys before setting off.”

In Eastbourne, the public has been warned away from the fire-damaged Claremont Hotel as a safety precaution to Storm Ciara.

Eastbourne Borough Council said, “due to the amber wind warning, please avoid the immediate area of the Claremont Hotel as there could be falling debris. We are on site and monitoring the situation.”

A new yellow weather warning has been issued for Sussex today with wind forecast during rush hour.

The Met Office says “wintry showers, strong winds and low temperatures look set to be the order of the day as Storm Ciara continues to batter the United Kingdom”.