Flood Alert Info - Isle of Wight coast

Area Description

Coast around the Isle of Wight.

This is a Flood Alert Area. For this area the highest level of flood notification that you will receive is a Flood Alert. No Flood Warnings or Severe Flood Warnings are issued for this area.
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Flood Alert History

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Historical Flood Alert Messages for this Area


Flood Alert issued on 12 Oct 2018 08:15
The Solent, English Channel
The forecast water level is only marginally above a normal high spring tide value but larger waves may lead to spray overtopping of defences across the Island for 30 minutes either side of high water. The tide will impact sea front roads, esplanades and car parks. Locations at greatest risk of more significant spray overtopping are Freshwater Bay, Sandown, Shanklin, Gurnard and Ryde. Water levels will be high up slipways at Cowes and Newport although impacts will be more minimal as Cowes breakwater should help reduce wave action. Yarmouth Ferry Terminal car park may see minor impacts. We continue to monitor tide levels and forecasts. This message will be removed by 18:00 12/10/18 Time and date of high water 13:40 on 12/10/2018 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.71 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.32 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.03 mAOD or 4.62 mCD Forecast wind direction Southerly Forecast wind strength Force 6


Flood Alert issued on 5 Jan 2018 09:00
The Solent, English Channel
At time of high water, the tide is only expected to marginally exceed some sea walls. There could be minor flooding to some coastal sea front roads and car parks and water levels will be high up slipways. Impacts will not be as large as experienced yesterday lunchtime. This Flood Alert has been reissued today as surge values increased overnight. It will be removed later this afternoon by 16:00 on 05/01/2018. Time and date of high water 13:06 on 05/01/2018 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.90 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.33 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.23 mAOD or 4.82 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 5


Flood Alert issued on 3 Jan 2018 17:30
The Solent, English Channel
Tides will be relatively high tonight around midnight but will not be as high as has been experienced in the last 24 hours. Tomorrow luncthime however, tide levels and wave heights increase again. Impacts will be similar to those experienced at lunchtime today. Flooding to low lying sea front roads, footpaths and car parks is expected. Water levels will be high through Cowes and Newport. Property flooding is not expected although properties close to the floating bridge at Medina Road, Cowes may wish to protect their property. Spray overtopping of the sea defences is expected in more exposed locations. This Flood Alert will be updated by 18:00 on 04/01/2018. Time and date of high water 12:23 on 04/01/2018 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.91 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.46 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.37 mAOD or 4.96 mCD Forecast wind direction Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 7


Flood Alert issued on 3 Jan 2018 06:34
The Solent, English Channel
Water levels will be marginally higher than on a more typical high spring tide. Strong winds and fairly large waves will cause spray overtopping of sea defences in more exposed locations which will affect low lying coastal roads and sea front car parks across the Island. Water levels will be high up slipways in Cowes and around Medina Road at the floating bridge. Property flooding is not expected. Tide levels remain high over the next 24 hours. This Flood Alert will be updated by 16:00 on 03/01/2018. Time and date of high water 11:31 on 03/01/2018 Predicted astronomical tide level 2.07 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.3 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.37 mAOD or 4.96 mCD Forecast wind direction Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 8


Flood Alert issued on 2 Jan 2018 17:03
The Solent, English Channel
Force 8 increasing to severe gale force 9 winds are expected later. At time of high tide, wave heights are fairly large, at 3m. The forecast tide level is typical of a normal spring tide, but wind and waves will cause some spray overtopping to coastal roads and car parks, especially at exposed locations like Freshwater Bay, Shanklin, Gurnard and Sandown. Property flooding is not expected. Keep away from the sea front at high tide. Tide levels are increasing over the next 48 hours and further Flood Alerts will be issued. This Flood Alert will be updated on 03/01/2018 at 07:00 for high tide at 11:00. Time and date of high water 23:12 on 02/01/2018 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.96 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.31 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.27 mAOD or 4.86 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 8


Flood Alert issued on 2 Jan 2018 07:00
The Solent, English Channel
The forecast water level is marginally above a normal high spring tide value but larger waves may lead to spray overtopping of defences across the Island. Tidal water will impact coastal sea front roads and car parks. Locations at greatest risk of more significant spray overtopping are Freshwater Bay, Sandown, Shanklin, Gurnard and Ryde. Water levels will be high up slipways at Cowes and Newport although impacts will be more minimal as Cowes breakwater should help reduce the impact from wave action. Time and date of high water 10:44 on 02/01/2018 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.92 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.09 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.01 mAOD or 4.60 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 6


Flood Alert issued on 1 Jan 2018 13:09
The Solent, English Channel
The tide on Monday evening does not reach threshold levels, but higher tides are expected from Tuesday 2 January until Thursday 4 January. Specific Flood Alerts will be issued in advance of each tide.


Flood Alert issued on 1 Jan 2018 07:00
The Solent, English Channel
The forecast water level is marginally above a normal high spring tide value but larger waves may lead to spray overtopping of defences across the Island. Tidal water will impact coastal sea front roads and car parks. Locations at greatest risk of more significant spray overtopping are Freshwater Bay, Sandown, Shanklin, Gurnard and Ryde. Water levels will be high up slipways at Cowes and Newport although impacts will be more minimal as Cowes breakwater should help reduce the impact from wave action. Time and date of high water 09:54 on 01/01/2018 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.95 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.25 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.20 mAOD or 4.79 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 4


Flood Alert issued on 31 Dec 2017 14:11
The Solent, English Channel
At time of high tide, water levels will be marginally higher than observed on a more typical high spring tide. Minor spray overtopping of the sea defences will occur in low lying locations which will affect sea front roads and coastal car parks across the Island. Water levels will be high up slipways in Cowes and around Medina Road at the floating bridge. Property flooding is not expected. Time and date of high water 21:30 on 31/12/2017 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.73 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.55 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.28 mAOD or 4.87 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 6


Flood Alert issued on 20 Oct 2017 19:21
The Solent, English Channel
On Saturday, Storm Brian brings strong winds, large waves and water levels higher than a normal high spring tide. Across the Island flooding to low lying sea front roads, footpaths and car parks is expected. Water levels may be particularly high at Cowes and Newport. Properties at the floating bridge in Cowes (bottom of Medina Road) may wish to protect their houses as a precautionary measure. Spray overtopping of sea defences at Yarmouth and Ryde could occur as wave heights up to 3m are expected. Keep away from exposed coastal areas at high tide. This Flood Alert will be removed around 1600hrs on 21/10/2017 when coastal conditions will have returned to normal. Time and date of high water 12:30 on 21/10/2017 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.86 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.48 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.34 mAOD or 4.93 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 8


Flood Alert issued on 20 Oct 2017 09:53
The Solent, English Channel
Tide levels forecast through Friday 20th October will not cause any overtopping of coastal defences or flooding. However, Storm Brian will arrive by the early hours of Saturday morning. This storm will cause a high tide on Saturday lunchtime with larger amounts of water expected to impact roads, promenades and coastal car parking areas. This Flood Alert for the IOW coast will be updated and re-issued at 1900hrs this evening (Friday 20th October) and will contain forecast information along with expected impacts for the tide on Saturday.


Flood Alert issued on 19 Oct 2017 16:24
The Solent, English Channel
At time of high tide, water levels will be marginally higher than observed on a more typical high spring tide. Minor spray overtopping and very low level over washing of the sea defences could occur in low lying locations which will affect sea front roads, promenades and coastal car parks. Water levels will be high up slipways in Cowes and around Medina Road at the floating bridge. Property flooding is not expected. Time and date of high water 23:40 on 19/10/2017 Predicted astronomical tide level 1.81 mAOD Forecast surge height 0.34 m Forecast high water level at Cowes 2.15 mAOD or 4.74 mCD Forecast wind direction South Westerly Forecast wind strength Force 5