FLOOD alerts are likely to be issued across the Herald and Gazette patch over the next 24 hours as the region braces itself for high winds and heavy rain.
The Met Office is predicting winds of up to 65mph inland and up to 75mph on the coast, with rainfall of up to 40mm expected.
flooding could occur and structural damage and damage to trees may be caused by the winds.
A West Sussex County Council spokesman said: “The worst of the weather is expected between 2am and 5am on Thursday morning 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 West Sussex County Council’s website at www.westsussex.gov.uk 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.”
The Environment Agency is likely to issue flood alerts today (Wednesday, January 14) as a precautionary measure for Ferring, Worthing and Shoreham with Arun alerts anticipated tomorrow.
The Environment Agency will be updating its information and flood advice throughout the day and night at www.environment-agency.gov.uk
Residents can sign up for weather warnings by visiting www.environment-agency.gov.uk or by calling Floodline on 0845 988 1188
Freelance photographer Eddie Mitchell captured footage of lightning in Worthing last night in the video above.