Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with coastal flooding and erosion at several locations in and around the Solent, Hampshire including Milford, Keyhaven, Bournemouth, Southampton and Cowes (Ruocco et al. 2011). Non-residential properties were flooded in Cowes, Isle of Wight where the sea inundated the high street. In Bournemouth, around 300 beach huts were destroyed, whilst in Keyhaven residential properties nearly 0.5 miles [0.8 km] from the shore were left at risk of flooding. In Woolston, Southampton residents were photographed using rowing boats along local roads. The rough seas resulted in a ‘graveyard’ of shipping in Southampton Water after this event, with several vessels having blown ashore.


  1. Ruocco, A.C. et al. 2011. Reconstructing coastal flood occurrence combining sea level and media sources: a case study of the Solent, UK since 1935. Natural Hazards, 59(3), pp.1773–1796. Available at: [Accessed March 27, 2015].