Storm Event

The single UK tide gauge operational during this event recorded a 14 year return period water level

Severity ? 2


The storm developed southeast of Nova Scotia, Canada on the 19th March 1928 and moved east-northeast towards the UK. On the morning of 23rd March the storm was centred south of Ireland, with a central pressure of less than 980 mbar. The storm moved northwards across Ireland during the 23rd March and anticlockwise away from northwest Scotland on the 24th March, where it finally decayed northwest of Scotland on the 25th. Strong southwesterly winds were generated along the south and south west coasts of the UK on the 23rd March, with gales recorded in the south west of England (Met Office, 1928). The storm generated a skew surge of 0.38 m at Newlyn, the only tide gauge in place during this period. On the morning of the 23rd March this resulted in a water level of a 1 in 14 year return period. Exceptionally” high tides in Hull were reported (The Times, 1928).


No known sources of information.

Receptor and Consequence

This event was associated with coastal flooding in Hull and Berwick-upon-Tweed according to Zong and Tooley (2003). One or two houses were damaged and flooded in Hull, along with some local roads (The Times, 1928). At Berwick, hundreds of pounds worth of damage was sustained owing to high sea levels and waves. Around 50 yards [46 m] of a promenade was undermined, which then collapsed.

Summary Table

Loss of life *
Residential property 1-2 houses flooded in Hull
Evacuation & Rescue *
Cost Hundreds of pounds of damage in Berwick alone
Ports *
Transport Local road in Hull inundated
Energy *
Public services *
Water & wastewater *
Livestock *
Agricultural land *
Coastal erosion *
Natural environment *
Cultural heritage *
Coastal defences *

*No known sources of information available


Affected Sites

Name Return Period ? Water Level ? Tide ? Skew Surge ? Date ?
NEWLYN 14 6.19 5.82 0.37 23rd Mar 2028 06:00


  1. MetOffice, (1928). Monthly Weather Report: March 1928. Available at:
  2. The Times, (1928). ‘High Tides On The East Coast’. Times Newspapers Limited, [London, England]. The Times Digital Archive.
  3. Zong, Y. and Tooley, M. J. A. (2003). ‘Historical Record of Coastal Floods in Britain: Frequencies and Associated Storm Tracks’. Natural Hazards, 29, 13–36. Available at: (Accessed: 5 March 2015).