scenes of devastation greeted people as they ventured out to assess the havoc wreaked by storms.
High winds tore down trees and toppled buildings, and flood water threatened dozens of homes on Friday night. Residents have been sending in their pictures of the damage.
Jack Freisner, nine, from Fishbourne, took a picture of a huge tree which fell down near his Fishbourne Primary School, blocking a residential road.
“Last night the storm was so bad a nearby tree fell down on my school,” he said. “The tree almost fell down on our friend’s house!”
Firefighters from Chichester, Selsey and East Wittering were busy on Friday night, dealing with the fallout from the storm which whipped around the district.
West Sussex Fire and Rescue Technical Rescue Unit was called to Bosham, where properties were threatened by rising water. The unit was pictured giving advice to worried residents living in Shore Road, High Street and Stumps Lane.
A spokeswoman for the fire service said the tide was ‘extremely high’ although no-one was evacuated from their homes.
Wind gusting off the sea devastated a number of beach huts in East Wittering. Pictures show how one beach hut was swept up and dropped a few metres away, with others falling to pieces.
The coast wasn’t the only place to bear the brunt of the storms. Terry Timblick and Richard Plowman both sent in pictures of a 100-year-old oak tree which was felled by strong winds ripping through the Little Breach allotment in Chichester.
Mike Gibbs, who has an allotment, is pictured musing on the damage – grateful his shed was out of range of the tree.
Several of the other allotment holders arrived to view the damage on Saturday morning. They were luckily unaffected, but awestricken by the scenes greeting them.
Richard Plowman said: “Luckily no-one was hurt, but one shed was crushed and another turned over by the roots.”
Strong winds blew the roof off Chichester High School for Boys’ sports hall – leaving debris strewn around the top floor rooms.
Firefighters attended the scene at 10.20pm on Friday, February 14, and the crew made the scene safe, leaving the incident with the school to deal with.
Cara Osbourne, from Chichester, said her son attended Chichester High School for Boys.
“My son had a lesson above the sports hall during the week and the ceiling tiles kept falling down in the other classroom,” she said.