Storm Event

Severity ? 1


A small low-pressure system developed over the mid-North Atlantic on the 21stof October and moved eastwards towards the UK. On the 22ndof October, the depression was location to the west of Ireland, producing south-westerly winds over the UK. On the 25thof October, the storm was to the east of the UK, producing weak north-westerly winds over the south coast of the UK (Boza, 2018).


No known sources of information.

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.

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  1. Boza, X. (2018). The Reconstruction and Analysis of Historical Coastal Flood Events from 1800’s in the Solent, UK. Southampton MSc Dissertation.
  2. Hickey, K. R. (1997). Documentary records of coastal storms in Scotland, 1500-1991 A.D.Coventry University. Available at:
  3. Ruocco, A. Nicholls, R. J., Haigh, I. D., and Wadey, M. (2011). ‘Reconstructing Coastal Flood Occurrence Combining Sea Level and Media Sources: A case study of the Solent UK since 1935’. Natural Hazards, 59(3): 1773-1796. Available at: (Accessed: 27 March 2015).