Storm Brian set to batter the south with heavy rain and winds of upto 70mph

People are being warned to stay safe as Storm Brian is set to batter the south with heavy rain and gale force winds.

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Lifeguards search stormy seas for missing surfers

Lifeguards from Selsey were called to search for two surfers reported missing in stormy seas close to Bognor Pier.

The rescue mission happened during Saturday's dangerous weather caused by Storm Brian.

Lifeboats and a coastguard helicopter were launched around 2pm in weather described by the RNLI as 'wind south westerly force 8-9 in rain showers, sea state rough'.

After extensive searches, they were unable to find the missing surfers.

At approximately 3.30pm two surfers who'd been surfing earlier in the day identified themselves to police on the scene after hearing the search was going on.

After comparing times it was concluded they were the two people reported and the search was called off.

Organisers say the Great South Run will go ahead

The Great South Run is scheduled to go ahead as planned tomorrow as the forecast is set to improve.

More than 20,000 people are set to take part in the world’s leading 10 mile running event.

Paralysed fundraiser Claire Lomas MBE who is aiming to walk the 10-mile course over 24 hours in a revolutionary ReWalk suit will start her challenge at 10:05am tomorrow, finishing on Monday morning on Clarence Esplanade.

The race starts and finishes in Southsea and features a fast and flat course that has been graced by world-class athletes such as Liz McColgan, Paula Radcliffe, and Sonia O’Sullivan.


Thames Valley Police: Only dial 999 in an emergency

Thames Valley Police are urging people to only dial 999 in an emergency as Storm Brian is expected to cause disruption across the south.

The Met Office has issued a severe weather warning - covering the Thames Valley with high winds expected. It is anticipated there will be average winds of 40mph and gusts will be up to 60 to 70mph.

Police anticipate the weather could result in damage to buildings as well as some disruption to road networks.

This will lead to a significant increase in calls to the police force, we are therefore reminding the public to only to call 999 in an emergency so those in need can be responded to quickly.

An emergency is classed to be an immediate threat to life or property.

In a non-emergency situation please call 101 so we can ensure we respond appropriately.


Flood alert in place for Christchurch Harbour

The Environment Agency has put a flood alert in place for Christchurch Harbour.

It remain in force for two hours following the time of high tide.

The forecast wind direction is West South Westerly with wind strength is Force 8.

A flood alert remains in place for Christchurch Harbour Credit: Environment Agency

The Government has issued this advice for those at risk of flooding:

  • Sign up for free flood warnings and create a personal flood plan.2. Try to avoid contact with flood water.
  • Do not drive through flood water and do not let children play in flood water.
  • Feeling distressed after a flood is normal.Support from family and friends is important during the recovery process.
  • Do not use petrol or diesel generators indoors to dry out your home. The exhaust gases contain carbon monoxide, which can kill.
  • When cleaning up after a flood, wear rubber gloves, boots and eye protection, and wash hands afterwards.
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