Wind of change
Do you remember the night the 1987 hurricane hit? Thirty years on our sister magazine LET’S TALK looks at the trail of devastation left in its wake.
Remembering the storm of 1987
WE AWOKE to a new landscape. Trees were felled, homes and gardens damaged, buildings were battered, rail lines closed, power lines downed.
It was the morning of October 16, 1987, and for the people of Great Britain it brought the realisation that we had just been visited by the worst storm in more than 200 years, with winds gusting up to 115mph.
The ferocious gale left 18 dead, brought down some 15 million trees and left hundreds of thousands of homes across the country without power for days. A massive nationwide clean-up was needed to tackle the aftermath and it would be a long and expensive time before the country recovered from the damage done on that single October night.
Norfolk saw some of the strongest of these gales, with the wind speed recorded at more than 90mph at Great Yarmouth.
The morning light brought shock and horror at the damage wrought by the power of the wind. Along the coast caravans were turned to matchwood, and from towns, villages and the city of Norwich came reports of cars crushed by trees, roofs smashed by chimneys, walls toppled, and debris blocking roads and causing transport chaos.
The county was bruised and battered, as these striking images taken by photographers from the Eastern Daily Press newspaper recall. For more nostalgia, great features and interesting interviews, subscribe to Let’s Talk magazine each month.
Far right: A wall blown down in Diss
Below: Storm damage in Norwich