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Warning to residents to take special care tomorrow as gale force winds hit the coast

Released: Friday, 20 October 2017

Officers at Adur & Worthing Councils are warning residents to take special care tomorrow as gale force winds hit the coast.

They are warning people not to take risks on the seafront such as posing for selfies near the water's edge as a combination of 50 mile per hour winds and a higher than average high tide at Saturday lunchtime make conditions hazardous with high waves predicted.

The Worthing beach team will be monitoring conditions over night and a decision will be made first thing on closing the pier. This usually happens when wind speeds hit Gale Force Nine which is between 47mph and 54mph.

Meantime the Councils' tree contractors are on standby to take action should any parks and green spaces be affected. Any fallen timber will be made safe before being removed later.

West Sussex County Council as the highways authority has primary responsibility for trees that fall on roads.

Councils' Head of Environment, Andy Edwards:

“We are just reminding people to be sensible. Don't stray too close to danger just for the sake of a picture.”

“Our teams will be keeping an eye on things throughout the night and to tomorrow until the storm passes.”

The government's Environment Office has issued flood warning for some parts of Sussex but none are in Adur or Worthing. The flooding is not expected to be significant.

(PR17-148)

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