Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with the worst flooding during the winter of 1978 at Hayling Island (Ruocco et al. 2011). Many local roads became impassable, and “scores” of residential properties exposed to 15 ft. [4.6 m] waves were flooded. The sea wall and car park were destroyed in West Bay, Isle of Portland during this event (West, 2014).


  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. West, I.W., 2014. Chesil Beach -Hurricanes, Storms, and Storm Surges. Geology of the Wessex Coast of Southern England. Available at: [Accessed March 8, 2015]