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WATCH: Amazing stories from The Great Storm of 1987 and its devastation across East Anglia

PUBLISHED: 19:49 13 October 2017 | UPDATED: 19:49 13 October 2017

Damage to the Bardwell Mill in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Damage to the Bardwell Mill in Bury St Edmunds. Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

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Chaos and destruction ravaged East Anglia when the most devastating storm of the century battered buildings, landmarks and forests 30 years ago. Watch the incredible footage and people’s memories here.

Killing 18 people, flattening 15 million trees and leaving much of Britain without power, the Great Storm of 1987 was a catastrophic phenomenon remembered vividly by those who survived it.

Large swathes of Suffolk and Essex were torn apart by ferocious 110mph winds on the night of October 15 – paralysing road networks, electricity systems and telephone wires.

Trees ripped through overhead power lines, plunging the region into days of darkness and cutting countless communities off from the outside world.

Thousands of people had been evacuated from nearby Felixstowe Port, while hurricane-force gales tossed around aircraft as if they were toys at Ipswich Airport, causing £100,000 worth of damage.

The video takes a look back on some of the powerful stories and pictures from that night in 1987 that caused so much chaos and damage across our region.

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