Winds of 80mph were recorded at Bexhill Sailing Club during the height of the storm on Monday morning - which would explain how the roof blew off Bexhill Sea Angling club and landed on on the beach.
Bexhill fire fighters responded early morning when a tree blew down across Barnhorn Road in Little Common, and also when scaffolding around a home in Martin’s Way in Pebsham became unsafe at 7am. They then sorted out loose tiles on a roof in College Road discovered “hanging precariously” at around 9.30am.
Highways crews across East Sussex worked through the night to keep roads clear, with 40 work gangs, including tree surgeons, ready to remove fallen trees, clear gullies and deal with localised flooding. By 9am they had cleared around 120 trees.
Rother District Council suspended rubbish and recycling collections on Monday to minimise debris being blown around and avoid empty bins and boxes blown onto the highway, but collections resumed from Tuesday. While delays were expected, it was hoped all collections would be completed by Friday.
All in all, it seemed as though Bexhill had escaped the worst - as confirmed on Facebook when we asked how residents had been affected:
Jodie Betts; havent been affected one bit
Debbie Evans; We’re fine here too. It’s amazing what a bit of common sense can do!
Rosie Brazier; Common sense didn’t save our roof tiles.
Debbie Evans; Thats a different story, am sorry to hear that. However the amount of trampolines that have gone flying is silly as that is something that can be prevented.
Anthony Hearn; Escaped very lightly. Just a bit of fence damage. Have seen a couple of trees down around town though.
Hayley Muggridge; Yep, all our garden toys furniture went away in the shed on Sat morning and moved bins and anything that couldn’t be put away in as safe a place as possible. Feel sorry for anyone that has had damage that was out of their control though.
Debbie Evans; Yes trampoline has sand bags on legs but has done since last winter. Have also tied it down. Play house also tied down. All other bits in shed and guinea pigs bought indoors. I to feel for people who have had damage beyond their control.
Jodie Betts; my only problem was my black box flying across the road
Alastair Hazell; The Discover Bexhill weather station recorded a top wind speed of 78mph at 5.58am this morning. So, it didn’t quite top 80mph.
Kathleen Fulton; Water butt blew over, 3 recycling boxes tucked behind hedge moved around a little, and tv aerial which was hanging by it’s cord blew upwards and onto the tiles so that a little of the masonry came down into the garden. Grateful that was all.