Storm Event

The worst anyone had ever known


The south-westerly gale from Atlantic had caused huge waves at Sandown parade and flooded road at Bembridge.


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence:

This event was reported to have affected Cowes, Portsmouth, Southampton, Wellington, Fareham, Cosham, and Isle of Wight (Zong and Tooley, 2003; Davison et al., 1993). The flooding was deemed as “the worst anyone had ever known” as many homes at Wellington and Fareham flooded (Davison et al., 1993). Parts of low-lying Portsmouth also suffered flooding.

Summary table:

Loss of life *
Residential property Many homes at Wellington and Fareham flooded (Davison et al., 1993)
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Road at Bembridge flooded.
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Zong, Y. & Tooley, M. J. A. (2003). Historical Record of Coastal Floods in Britain: Frequencies and Associated Storm Tracks. Natural Hazards, 29, 13–36.
  2. Davison, M., Currie, I., and Ogley, B. (1993). The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Weather Book. Westerham, Kent: Froglets Publications Ltd, Brasted Chart.