Beach huts, trees and fences hit by Storm Katie, but no serious injuries

Posted On 28 Mar 2016 at 9:40 am

Storm Katie has ripped through Brighton and Hove, bringing down beach huts, trees and fences last night.

Blasted beach hut by Watchmakers Arms

Blasted beach hut by Watchmakers Arms

The emergency services have received hundreds of calls as a result of the wind, but fortunately there are no reports of serious injuries.

East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service attended several incidents in Brighton and Hove, including shoring up a dangerous sash window in Kingsway, Hove, securing a canopy in Ridgeside Avenue, Brighton, making scaffolding safe in Montpelier Road – and chasing down a trampoline which was blowing down Beaconsfield Villas in Brighton at 6.37am.

Storm Katie takes its toll in Surrenden Crescent, Brighton. Picture by John Thompson

Storm Katie takes its toll in Surrenden Crescent, Brighton. Picture by John Thompson

A spokesperson said: “Storm Katie caused a large number of weather related incidents for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service in the early hours of 28 March 2016.

“Members of the public are asked to take extra care as high winds are expected to continue throughout today.”

At least two beach huts on Hove seafront have been destroyed by the 70mph winds, and trees are down across the city – we have reports of fallen trees in Upper Lewes Road, Preston Drove, Stamford Avenue, Surrenden Crescent and Ditchling Road.

And trains are disrupted, with trees on the line at Balcombe, Littlehampton and Bognor causing delays.

A picture taken late last night appears to show the i360 bending in the high winds:

Storm Katie strikes in Surrenden Crescent, Brighton. Picture by John Thompson

Storm Katie strikes in Surrenden Crescent, Brighton. Picture by John Thompson

  1. Andy Reply

    A bit alarming if the i360 is bending at this stage. After all we did get storms in Brighton, most note quite intense though.

  2. Codesouth Reply

    Great reporting! Some guy took a picture showing a major landmark bending like the leaning tower of Pisa, shall we get down there to corroborate or add to the story ? No. That’s too much work, sounds like journalism let’s just write about some photo on Facebook .

  3. Frank le Duc Reply

    The i360 is designed to bend in the wind and has dampers as part of the design to cope with our coastal breezes. Here’s a link to one of the i360 blog posts explaining a bit about the technology http://britishairwaysi360.com/latest-news/blog/delivering-dampers/

  4. Michael Powell Reply

    I like turtles.

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