Southern Rail made the announcement just before 5 p.m.

This is a small tree partly on the track before the London Road Viaduct.

A Southern Rail spokesman said: “Network Rail is on site and confirms it will take approximately 30 minutes to switch off the power and remove the tree.

Argus: A fallen tree near BrightonA fallen tree near Brighton (Photo: GarnetBerliner)

“The line to Brighton will be blocked at this time.”

The Met Office has issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms in effect between 4am today and 2am tomorrow.

Just before 5:00 p.m., it was windy and raining.

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