Storm Event

‘Large parts of the Hampshire coast were battered by hurricane force winds.’

Severity ? 3


The storm developed on the 13th of December at the east coast of the US and moved north-east towards the UK (Boza, 2018). On the 16th of December, the storm crossed through Ireland and the UK producing gales from the south-west culminated in a substantial surge around the English Channel combined with several days of heavy rain (Eden, 2008).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

Flooding reported on Pagham Harbour and Selsey were cut off (Eden, 2008). In Portsmouth, streets, boats, and 20 houses were flooded, one of which suffered structural damages (Davison, 1993). The streets were flooded; however, the children went to school by boats. Sea defences were also greatly damaged (Eden, 2008).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property 20 houses were flooded, 1 suffered structural damage.
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Streets were flooded, children went to school by boats.
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences Sea defences greatly damaged.

*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.
  2. Eden, P. (2008). Great British Weather Disasters. London: Continuum.
  3. Davison, M., Currie, I., and Ogley, B. (1993). The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Weather Book. Westerham, Kent: Froglets Publications Ltd, Brasted Chart.