Storm Event

Severity ? 2

Receptor and Consequence

7th October 1987 was associated with widespread flooding around the Solent, Hampshire (Ruocco et al. 2011). In the Isle of Wight, residential properties were inundated in Shanklin, Ryde and Cowes, with some in the latter two locations requiring pumping to remove flood water. Many local roads were also flooded around the mouth of the River Hamble and in Southampton. Other impacted areas included Lymington and Fareham. 9th October 1987 was also associated with coastal flooding on the Isle of Wight (Zong and Tooley, 2003). An event was also recorded for an unspecified time in October 1987; and associated with coastal flooding in North Cornwall; at Boscastle (River Valency), and approximately 20km further southwest at Chapel Amble and Polmorla (River Camell; Cornwall Council, 2011). The only time this month in which there was an extreme sea level in the region was on 7th October 1987at Newlyn; hence this is very likely to be part of the same event.


  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. Zong, Y. & Tooley, M.J., 2003. A Historical Record of Coastal Floods in Britain: Frequencies and Associated Storm Tracks. Natural Hazards, 29(1), pp.13–36. Available at: [Accessed March 5, 2015].