Suffolk: A night that will never be forgotten
ON October 15, 1987 TV weatherman Michael Fish famously reassured viewers that there would not be a hurricane - although he did warn the weather would “become very windy”.
His words have haunted him for years because that night the storm, which had developed in the Bay of Biscay, swept along the south coast and up into East Anglia with hurricane-force winds.
Although the winds hit hurricane strength, the storm was not officially classed as a hurricane because the top speeds were not constant. The term hurricane is used to describe a tropical storm that forms in the tropics.
The storm took at least 18 lives in the UK, and more in France, and caused widespread damage.
The following morning Suffolk and the rest of the nation awoke to a scene of destruction that has remained in the national consciousness ever since.
Next week we will be looking at back at The Great Storm, and how we reported on it at the time.
Our reporters who were there at the time will remember first hand what happened in Suffolk and we will also share your stories and memories of the night Suffolk will never forget.
- 1 Top food event set to provide showcase for more than 100 Suffolk producers
- 2 Four taken to hospital after crash involving ambulance on A146
- 3 Andy's Angles: Five observations from Ipswich Town's win at Forest Green
- 4 Two arrests as man suffers serious injuries in pub brawl in seaside village
- 5 Plans for former Dorothy Perkins store in Suffolk town withdrawn
- 6 Driver caught speeding at 94mph in 50 zone on A140 in mid Suffolk
- 7 See inside £715k mid Suffolk townhouse for sale after major revamp
- 8 How the Ipswich Town players performed in their victory at Forest Green
- 9 Hunt for convicted murderer released on temporary licence in Ipswich
- 10 Noise warning issued due to late night fighter jet training over airbase
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