Storm Event

Severity ? 1

Receptor and Consequence

24th October 1980 saw “very” high tides reported at Burghead Bay and Findhorn along the northeast Scottish coast (Hickey, 1997). Some low-lying ground was inundated, and the waves eroded the soft cliffs to varying amounts, in places by up to 2 m. 25th October was associated with flooding at Wootton Creek, Isle of Wight (Ruocco et al. 2011). It appears the same storm is responsible for these floods which occurred at different ends of the UK.


  1. Hickey, K.R., 1997. Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D. Coventry University. Available at:
  2. 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].