On 16 October 1987 hurricane-force winds battered the South East corner of England.
Gusts reached more than 100 miles an hour - destroying buildings, uprooting trees, plunging thousands of homes into darkness and killing 18 people.
In just a few hours, the worst storm for nearly three centuries, changed the landscape and left a trail of havoc and destruction in its wake.
Thirty years on the memories are as fresh as ever as.
- Watch a report by ITV Anglia's Natalie Gray
The Met Office was heavily criticised in 1987 for failing to predict the severity of storm and provide advance warnings.
Forecasting technology was more primitive in 30 years ago, with fewer satellite images at a much lower resolution.
Computer forecast models of of the atmosphere was also not as detailed and because processing speeds were lower there were not run as often as they are now.
- Watch a report by ITV Weather presenter Aisling Creevey who went to the Met Office HQ in Exeter to find out about modern forecasting methods
A lorry was flipped onto its side on the Orwell bridge at Ipswich.
At Luton airport winds gusting up to 90 miles an hour flipped a plane onto its back .
Eighty per cent of Rendlesham Forest near Woodbridge in Suffolk was completely flattened .
It caused the equivalent of 15 years worth of power cuts - 750,000 people were plunged into darkness.
The army was drafted in to help repair the cables ... and 16 helicopters brought in to replace over a thousand electricity poles in one week .
Eighteen people died but its thought the toll would have been much higher had the storm hit during the day.