Storm Event

Severity ? 2


No known sources of information.


At high tide on 19th November, sea poured through a 30 ft gap in the low cliff, which was created by the pounding of the sea the previous day (Ruocco, 2009).

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with coastal flooding in Hampshire on 18th November 1963. In Milford-on-Sea, beach huts were destroyed, and chucks of the promenade were lost to the sea. Large areas of Keyhaven were inundated, including the White Horse Inn in Netley Marsh (Ruocco, 2009). On 19th November, there was further coastal flooding in Hampshire, Hastings and Folkstone on the south coast, in addition to London (Ruocco, 2009; Zong and Tooley, 2003). In Southampton, there were a number of car accidents on The Avenue, caused by skidding on the water; there was flooding of residential garages in Silverdale Road (Ruocco, 2009). Some streets in the centre of Hastings were flooded, and some basement level non-residential property was flooded in Maidenhead (The Times, 1963).

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property Garages flooded on Silverdale Road
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost *
Ports *
Transport Streets in central Hastings flooded. Car accidents on The Avenue
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion 30 feet of low cliff gouged out by waves
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


  1. Ruocco, A. (2009). Reconstructing Coastal Flood Occurrence in the Solent since 1935 using Historical Database. Southampton MSc Dissertation.
  2. Zong, Y. and Tooley, M. J. A. (2003). ‘Historical Record of Coastal Floods in Britain: Frequencies and Associated Storm Tracks’. Natural Hazards,29, 13–36. Available at: (Accessed: 5 March 2015).
  3. The Times, (1963). ‘Floods Cut Six Main Roads’. Times Newspapers Limited, [London, England]. The Times Digital Archive.