Blowing a hoolie
The 1987 storm was not a meteorological hurricane, though winds did reach hurricane force 12 on the Beaufort scale Mean wind speeds of 50 mph were observed across South East England The maximum gust of 115 mph was observed at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex Gusts of 94mph were recorded in London in the early hours. The Royal Sovereign lightship in the English Channel recorded an average wind speed of 86mph Temperatures rose by up to 10ºC briefly overnight, as the storm tracked north. A pressure rise of more than 20 millibars was observed in just three hours. Pressure fell to 951 millibars at the centre of the storm. Later, the government provided funds for the Met Office to set up Severe Weather Warnings
The storm did its worst all over the county. Clockwise from top left, Bardwell Mill, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Beccles, and Shotley. Main image, Felixstowe.