Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

28th December 1951 was associated with wave damages in Shanklin, Isle of Wight (with some waves reportedly reaching 20ft. [6.1 m] high), and resultant damage along the esplanade and beach totalled thousands of pounds (Ruocco et al. 2011). Other nearby affected areas included Beaulieu, Southampton, and Hythe where local roads and some non-residential properties were inundated. There was also coastal flooding in Kent and Cornwall, among other areas. 29th December 1951 was associated with extensive coastal flooding in the Severn Valley (unspecified location), and along the Kent and Sussex coasts, including St. Leonards (Zong and Tooley, 2003). Impacts were also reported in London (Zong and Tooley, 2003). In Cleveleys and Knott-End-on-Sea (Lancashire) many streets were flooded to 1 ft. [0.3 m] (The Times, 1951).


  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].
  2. Zong, Y. & Tooley, M.J., 2003. A Historical Record of Coastal Floods in Britain: Frequencies and Associated Storm Tracks. Natural Hazards, 29(1), pp.13–36. Available at: [Accessed March 5, 2015].
  3. The Times, 1951. Six Deaths In Gales. Times Newspapers Limited, [London, England]. The Times Digital Archive.