Even Michael Fish says hur­ri­cane will hit

Sunday Herald - - NEWS -

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

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