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  • A list of past east coast surges

    A list of past east coast surges

    Here is a list of significant east coast storm surge and coastal flooding events in the last 60 years. Click on each to find out more details. We will be keeping and eye on the most recent event to see how it compares with these ones. 11 Nov 1954 – Severity Rank 4 4 Apr 1958 – Severity Rank 3 28 Sep 1969 – Severity…

  • East coast storm surge on the way

    East coast storm surge on the way

    A large east coast storm surge is on the way. We are keeping a close eye on it here at SurgeWatch. If you want to follow the event, you can see the real time position of the storm here. Real time sea level heights, for different tide gauge sites, can be seen here. You can see live updates from the BBC on the event…

  • Storm Angus - My visit to Swanage post storm

    Storm Angus - My visit to Swanage post storm

    Yesterday I visited Swanage to find out more about the coastal flooding from Storm Angus. A small part of the sea wall was damaged (see photo below) near Swanage Museum. However, as far as I am aware, there was only very little flooding in this area. Further down the high street several business were flooded. East Bar had the worst flooding. There was lots of sand, rocks…

  • Real time sea level data - NTSLF

    Real time sea level data - NTSLF

    I liked to keep my eye on real-time water level data, particularly during storms. On the National Tidal and Sea Level Facility web-site, which is run by the National Oceanography centre,  you can see real-time water level data for the 43 national tide gauge sites. Below is an image from the NTSLF for the Portsmouth Tide gauge, for the recent storm Angus (19-20 November 2016)…

  • Storm Angus - What Happened

    Storm Angus - What Happened

    The first named storm in the 2016/17 season – Storm Angus – has caused flooding on Swanage high street in Dorset. Storm waves damaged part of the seawall. Several roads were also flooded. This video shows the clean up in Swanage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzWhssUS9dE. Storm Angus has now passed into the North Sea. The storm generated a 50 cm storm surge along much of the south coast, increasing…

  • Storm Angus on the way

    Storm Angus on the way

    The Met Office has announced that the first named storm of autumn 2016 is here. It has been called Storm Angus. You can keep an eye on the wind speed and direction of Angus on this nice weather tool – click here. The image below shows the storm off the southwest of England, generating strong winds along the south coast. I don’t expect a very…

  • Floating homes: a solution to flooding

    Floating homes: a solution to flooding

    Here is a interesting article in The Guardian on floating homes. A new house designed by London-based Baca Architects is equipped to deal with floods, by rising with the water levels. A two-bed unit will sell for £200,000. Read more about the floating house here.

  • Coastal flooding is rated as the second highest risk for causing civil emergency in the UK

    Coastal flooding is rated as the second highest risk for causing civil emergency in the UK

    Every two years the UK Government Cabinet Office produces a classified assessment of the risks of civil emergencies facing people in the UK. This is the National Risk Assessment (NRA). Did you know that coastal flooding is rated as the second highest risk for causing civil emergency in the UK, after pandemic influenza? You can read more about the National Risk Register here.