The Met Office has issued a storm warning for much of the country including Brighton and Hove.
The official forecaster issued a “yellow wind warning” valid from 6pm this evening (Tuesday 2 January) until 6pm tomorrow (Wednesday 3 January).
The warning said that Storm Eleanor would “bring very strong winds later Tuesday, continuing overnight and on Wednesday”.
Brighton and Hove City Council said in a tweet: “With strong winds associated with #StormEleanor from 6pm tonight, our seafront team advise to stay well away from the waters edge. Shingle may also be pushed on to #Hove prom which can cause a hazard. If you see any damage please call 01273 292716. In an emergency dial 999.”
Journeys this evening and during the rush hour in the morning could be hazardous.
The Met Office said: “Public transport may be disrupted or cancelled and some bridges are likely to be closed.
“Power cuts and disruption to other services (mobile phones, for example) may also occur, while injuries from flying debris are possible.
“Combined with a period of high tides, it is likely that some western coastal communities will be affected by large waves and spray and again there is a chance that injuries and danger to life could occur from large waves or beach material being thrown on to seafronts and coastal properties.
“A deepening area of low pressure, now named Storm Eleanor, will track east across the centre of the UK.
“Severe gales (will) affect western and southern coasts this evening and overnight, with a very squally feature bringing a short spell of intense rainfall and very strong gusts to some inland localities.
“Wednesday daytime sees a very blustery day, with squally gusts accompanying showers in many areas.
“Throughout this period, gusts of 60mph to 70mph are likely along exposed coasts, with the more exposed locations seeing gusts close to 80mph.
“Inland gusts exceeding 60 mph are possible.”