Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

1st November 1963 was associated with flooding in Langstone, Hampshire and Bognor Regis, Sussex where “tons” of shingle were displaced (Ruocco et al. 2011). On 2nd-3rd November 1963, the sea wall in Northney (Hayling Island, Hampshire) was breached in three places during this event, inundating a holiday camp and local roads, which subsequently delayed bus services (Ruocco et al. 2011). Local roads were also flooded in nearby Fareham and Warsash. The 4th November 1963 is associated with inundation of the A27 near Emsworth with vehicles reportedly “axle-deep” in floodwater (Ruocco et al. 2011). Flooding was also reported in Woodmill, Southampton. Tide gauge records at Southampton indicate 3 days of sustained surge activity, which generated extreme sea levels of > 1 in 1 year levels (but less than 1 in 10 year levels).


  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].