Winds damage home and blow chapel roof off in Sidlesham

Firefighters were called to Sidlesham after high winds badly damaged a house and blew part of a roof off a converted chapel.

This morning (Tuesday, January 3) the gable end of a semi-detached house was damaged by a fallen electricity pylon.

In a separate accident part of a roof blew off a converted chapel on Mill Lane. There have been no reported injuries.

The fire service has been busy helping to keep residents and businesses safe during the current high winds and torrential rain.

In the last four hours of West Sussex Fire and Rescue’s Command and Control Centre has received more than forty 999 calls for weather related incidents across the county with coastal areas being particularly affected.

Crews have been called to assist with a wide variety of potentially dangerous situations including fallen trees, loose roofing, precariously hanging signs and canopies and unstable chimney stacks.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service offers the following advice during high winds:

- Stay indoors as much as possible

- If you do go out keep away from the sheltered side of boundary walls and fences - if these structures fail they will collapse on that side.

- Do not go outside to repair damage during a storm, wait until it passes.

- Take extra care if driving - high winds mean increased risks, particularly if combined with heavy rain.

- Expect sudden gusts at any time, but especially on open stretches of road, when passing bridges or when overtaking high sided vehicles.