Storm Event

The combination of this gale with a high tide resulted in sea-water being blown over sea-walls

Severity ? 2

Source

Eden (2008) reports “extensive” coastal flooding along the south coast generated by an easterly gale with gusts of up to 82 mph [37 m/s] (at the Lizard).

Pathway

Met Office (1969) reported that the gale forced the high tide over the sea wall at places along the south Devon coast.

Receptor and Consequence

Affected areas included Teignmouth, Dawlish and Paignton, with roads and railways reportedly impassable and vehicles were left marooned (Eden, 2008; Met Office, 1969). According to Hickey (1997), this event also impacted the English North Sea coastline.

Summary table:

Loss of life *
Residential property *
Evacuation & Rescue *
 
Cost *
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Transport Roads and railways flooded
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
 
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available

References

  1. Eden, P., 2008. Great British Weather Disasters, London: Continuum UK.
  2. Met Office, (1969). February 1969. Climate Summaries. Retrieved [29/08/2018] from https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/binaries/content/assets/mohippo/pdf/d/1/feb1969.pdf
  3. Eden, P., 2008. Great British Weather Disasters, London: Continuum UK.
  4. Met Office, 1969. Monthly Weather Report of the Meteorological Office. Monthly Weather Report, 86(2).
  5. Hickey, K.R., 1997. Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at: https://curve.coventry.ac.uk/open/items/aa6dfd04-d53f-4741-1bb7-bdf99fb153be/1/.