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.

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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

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