Storm Event

Severity ? 3


Hickey (1997) records that strong gales became a ‘perfect hurricane’, coming from the northwest which forced up the tide to a great height.


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with coastal flooding in Scotland, the effects of which were exacerbated by persistent heavy rain. In Portwilliam, the harbour area flooded, roads were left covered in debris, and the wooden sea defences were partially washed away. Homes and cellars flooded in Inverness, where roads were submerged by up to a foot of water. Some bridges connecting the mainland and islands were also submerged (Hickey (1997)).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Homes in Ness Bank, Little Green and Tanner’s Lane (Inverness) flooded. Garden ruined by inundation
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports Portwilliam harbour flooded
Transport Roads flooded to a foot in places. Bridges connecting islands and mainland were submerged
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences Sea defence thrown down in Portwilliam

*No known sources of information available


  1. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at: