Word on the Street: What are your memories of The Great Storm of 1987?

Destruction to Ipswich bus station after The Great Storm. Picture: ARCHANT

Destruction to Ipswich bus station after The Great Storm. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

It has been 30 years since The Great Storm hit the UK – we asked people in Ipswich for their memories.

The Great Storm of 1987 brought winds of up to 100mph to the UK.

Eighteen people were killed, 15 million trees were blown down, and most of Britain was left without power.

The trees fell on to roads and railways resulting in major delays. They also took down electricity and telephone lines leaving thousands without power for more than 24 hours.

Buildings were damaged by winds and falling trees, and small boats were wrecked or blown away.


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The Great Storm of ‘87 was described as the “worst, most widespread night of disaster” since the Blitz by Douglas Hurd, who was the Home Secretary at the time.

The storm is considered a one-in-200-year occurrence. The last storm that caused such an impact dates back to 1703 where, across the UK, there were between 8,000 and 15,000 deaths during the extra-tropical cyclone that spanned over a week.

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