All the major newspapers reported that a very heavy westerly gale had swept across the south of England on Thursday (23rd) with terrific storms being experienced in the English Channel, the most severe for years.
Hampshire Advertiser (25 Jan 1890)
“The railway bridge connecting Hayling with the mainland was submerged and when the tide went down it was found that a portion of the railway bridge had been carried away.”
Portsea Island (Hampshire Telegraph)
“A telegram was received at Portsmouth directing the railway clerks not to issue any more tickets to Hayling, as the traffic was interrupted. It seems that a portion of the railway bridge connecting the island with the mainland had been swept away by the violence of the gale and the passage cannot be undertaken until the structure has been repaired.”