Even Michael Fish says hurricane will hit
THE country’s strongest hurricane for 21 years is predicted to hit tomorrow on the 30th anniversary of 1987’s Great Storm.
Even weatherman Michael Fish – blamed for missing the Big Storm of 1987, the worst to hit the UK in 300 years – says the hurricane is on the way.
The 500-mile wide Hurricane Ophelia’s is spinning north from the Azores and may bring 90mph gusts and huge waves.
But Ophelia may also, today, deliver the hottest October 15 since records began 176 years ago – with 24C temperatures in parts of Britain hotter than Bondi Beach. Hours before 1987’s Great Storm, Fish famously announced: “Apparently a lady rang the BBC and said she heard a was hurricane on the way. Well, don’t worry, there isn’t.”
That night, 18 people were killed and 15 million trees uprooted as 115mph winds caused more than £1 billion damage across southern England.
Fish, 73, who now works for commercial forecaster Netweather, said: “I had a little problem 30 years ago. I said we don’t have hurricanes in Britain. But now we have Ophelia heading our way.”
Weatherman Michael Fish failed to predict the Great Storm of 1987