The factors here are the static tide height (how high the tide gets without a storm) and the severity of the storm, these two factors can be mitigated by the height of sand under the sea as this tends to dissipate the waves.
The picture taken this year shows a very high static tide without a storm.
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It is these factors that determine the severity of the damage.
There is another factor and that is if objects are swept along in the storm, as say in the 1953 storm a large crane was swept over the sea defences where the new development will be, the impact of these objects can increase the damage done.
The picture here taken in 1978 is of of the damage to Ramsgate harbour wall caused by the sea alone it also gives some idea of the type of heavy objects likely to be thrown about by the sea. The granite blocks that the upper harbour wall is made of weigh about two and a half tons.
The other factor is the wind direction, it is this that mostly determines where the damage occurs.
The particular point that I am making today is that a combination of a high tide, a severe storm and a southerly or south westerly wind could lead to severe damage to the Royal Victoria Pavilion.
Were storm damage to occur to the pavilion the resultant rubble would be swept towards the western end of the development making escape difficult.
Unfortunately the large amount of sand, in front of the Pavilion that protected it during the 1953 storm was used for the construction of Port Ramsgate.
As far as I can see there are two possible solutions to this problem, one is demolishing the pavilion and the other is improving the sea defences in front of it.