On the 14th February 2014 the Isle of Wight and much of the south coast was hit by the “Valentine’s Day” storm.
Gusts of up to 94 knots were recorded at the Needles Old Battery. The storm caused widespread damage across the south coast. The damage to beach huts hit national news especially the damage and flooding at Milford on Sea.
At Colwell Bay the beach huts, on the sea front, were damaged and torn apart. Pictures of the storm damage can be found online via Flickr user s0ulsurfing
After the storm the Sheath’s decided to repair their brown beach huts in time for the holiday season. Whilst, the Hills (owners of The Hut, Isle of Wight) rebuilt theirs as mentioned in this Daily Telegraph article.
OntheWight.com interviewed a WightLink Captain on the challenges of crossing the solent during the storm.
Full details on the storm can be found via Surge Watch, Valentine’s Day Storm.