Storm Event

'The sea water flowed like a river'

Severity ? 2


A medium-pressure developed over the east coast of the US on the 22nd of October and moved towards the south coast of the UK. On the 25th of October, the medium-pressure deepened as it got closer to the UK. On the 27th the central pressure was about 975 mbar to the south-west of the UK, producing southerly and south-westerly winds over the south coast of the UK and torrential rains, which coincided with high tides (Boza, 2018).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

The water was reported flowed like a river in Cowes and Ryde. In Cowes, considerable flood in the low-lying areas including houses, with depths from 18 inches to 2 feet of water and streets were impassable. The sea brought gravel and debris, piling it up 3 to 4 feet high causing blockage to trains. Eling Bridge was under water and some houses nearby flooded.

In Ryde, there was considerable inconvenience to railways. 5 tunnels were disrupted, in some, the water was nearly waist height and one of them was filled with 10 to 12 feet of water.

In Lymington, there were 4 feet of water and in Yarmouth, the exceptionally high tide suspended the marine traffic between both locations. Water came down in torrents from Newport into Cowes (Boza, 2018).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Houses flooded in Cowes and nearby Eling Bridge.
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Streets were impassable in Cowes. There was inconvenience to railways due to flooding in Ryde.
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Boza, X. (2018). The Reconstruction and Analysis of Historical Coastal Flood Events from 1800’s in the Solent, UK. Southampton MSc Dissertation.