Storm Event

Severity ? 1


The storm developed to the east coast of the UK on the 20th of January and moved north-east towards the UK (Boza, 2018). On the 22nd and 23rd of January, a deep depression off western Ireland moved eastward to the North Sea and severe north-westerly gales between 40 and 50 mph prevailed on the south coast of the UK, causing exceptionally high tides (MetOffice, 1939).


The sea carved 4 channels through the shingle bank. Huge waves were seeping over a car park (Boza, 2018).

Receptor and Consequence

In Lymington, around 20 and 30 beach cabins were smashed and battered by the waves. The whole shingle bank and two platforms were washed away (Boza, 2018).

Summary Table

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*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. Met Office, (1939). ‘Monthly Weather Report of the Meteorological Office’, Monthly Weather Report, 56 (1).