Storm Event

Severity ? 1


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No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

On 18th February 1978, there was flooding at Chiswell, Isle of Portland following overtopping of Chesil Beach (West, 2014). 19th February 1978 was also associated with flooding at the same location. On 20th February, the combination of high tides and melting snow caused reportedly severe flooding in many locations along south Devon (Met Office, 1978).

Summary Table

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*No known sources of information available


  1. West, I.W. (2014). ‘Chesil Beach -Hurricanes, Storms, and Storm Surges’. Geology of the Wessex Coast of Southern England. Available at: (Accessed: 8 March 2015).
  2. Met Office, (1978). Monthly Weather Report of the Meteorological Office. Monthly Weather Report, 95(2).