Photographers were spotted just metres away from huge crashing waves at the harbour arm in Newhaven this morning while boat captains braved the sea.
An orange pilot boat was leaving Newhaven Port to meet a ship further out at sea this morning.
Water was flowing out of manhole covers in nearby Fort Road, flooding the street as cars splashed through the water.
A Met Office yellow weather warning for wind has been in place for all of the day, with meteorologists calling the conditions “unseasonably windy weather.”
It was joined by a thunderstorm warning where a spokesman for the Met Office told people to expect some damage to buildings and structures from lightning strikes.
“There is a good chance driving conditions will be affected by spray, standing water and/or hail, leading to longer journey times by car and bus,” a spokesman for the weather service said.
Travel chaos ensued this evening as a tree collapsed on the railway line between Brighton and Lewes.
Wind gusts reached up to 40 miles per hour this morning as the water levels on the River Ouse reached high levels.