Storm Ciara has moved away, but what a day

*9th February UPDATES*

18:01hrs –

Commuters to London could have problems in the morning as 6 platforms at Victoria are closed due to damage.

18:00hrs  Going to be a wet evening.


16:55hrs – Power cut – there is currently a power cut in this area. Buxted area
Potentially affected postcodes: TN22 4
Reason for the power cut : We’re investigating a high voltage overhead electricity line fault which has caused a power cut in the local area.
Number of customers affected: 190

Estimated time for power to be restored:

09-FEB-2020 between 20:00 and 21:00

16:45hrs – there are no flood warnings for Uckfield

16:10hrs the next rain front heading towards Uckfield.

15:00hrs – Maresfield – The road is shut between Parklands and the Chequers roundabout in Maresfield as a tree had come down into the over cables.

13:00hrs – Live images of landings at Heathrow Airport

10:00hrs – Holy Cross Church -There will be NO EVENSONG today (usually 5.30pm).

08:30hrs – Latest from Met Office –

08:10hrs – Brighton Buses – All buses running their normal routes at this time. Minor delays possible where some buses are running at reduced speeds in places. No diversions or suspensions at present.

08:00hrs – Newhaven Ferry and some flights from Gatwick suspended.

07:55hrs – Tree down on Eastbourne Road – Cleared

07:45hrs – Trains – the first train to leave Uckfield this morning is due to leave at 9:34am to Oxted. Keep up to date here. Southern Trains

 * POWER * UK Power Networks own and run the electricity cables in most of Sussex, London and the South East, and fix power cuts.

Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks does the same in some areas towards the West of the County. They deliver the electricity which you buy through your choice of supplier. They provide a free priority service for anyone who might face extra difficulty in the event of a power cut, including households with an elderly person, young children, someone less mobile or someone with a health condition.

By registering with your distributor you will be given a priority 24-hour phone number for communication, receive extra information and regular updates during any power cut. In the event of a longer power cut you could receive hot food, hot drinks and hot water, mobile phone charging and more. Those who rely on power to run medical equipment, such as dialysis or breathing apparatus, would also receive additional help.

Click on the link below, or if you are hesitant to click on link and prefer to search online feel free to do so, to register now, for yourself or somebody who gives you permission to register on their behalf:
UK Power Networks’ Priority Services Register 

Check if you’re in our area which is on the UKPN website.

it will be made clear to you in the online registration process if there is a problem, and a link will be given to who your regional network operator is, so you can apply to join their Priority Services Register.


The Met Office has issued an Amber Warning – Wind for Sunday 9th February 2020. Storm Ciara will bring very strong winds and potentially some disruption to travel throughout Sunday.  View the full warning at the Met Office Severe Weather Warning site.

The potential impacts of this are:

  • Probably some damage to buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs
  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
  • Some roads and bridges likely to close
  • Injuries and danger to life is likely from large waves and beach material being thrown onto coastal roads, sea fronts and properties
  • There is a good chance that power cuts may occur.

Please follow this advice to keep safe and well:

The Met Office website provides clear guidance on what to do before, during and after storms, please visit their website for more information at .

Weather warning for Monday 10th February here

** TRAINS **
Severe disruption is expected across Network Rail Southern Region on Sunday, as Storm Ciara blows in with 80mph winds.
As a result of the potential danger from fallen trees and other debris landing on the railway, a 50mph speed restriction on trains has been planned to cover every line in the Region, which include lines heading to the coast from London Waterloo, London Victoria, London Charing Cross and London Bridge.
This will be in place from 11am until 7pm and disruption is expected to last at least until the end of the day and potentially into Monday morning too. Passengers are urged to check before they travel on both days.
Operators affected include Southern, Thameslink, Gatwick Express, Southeastern and South Western Railway.


Follow Facebook groups  River Uck And Surrounding Areas Flood Grou    &  Uckfield FM for more information.


East Sussex Highways – Remember that our emergency line is available on 0345 60 80 193 for fallen trees, flooded roads and any other highway emergency.

** RIVER UCK CAM **   the camera is available here.

National Trust – Sheffield Park Garden will be closed on Sunday 9th February

(Updated 1415 hrs 8th February 2019)