It was a storm the like of which hadn't been seen for three hundred years - trees uprooted, power lines torn down and roofs ripped off.
It's been 25 years since the Great Storm of 1987 struck in the dead of night catching out everyone - including the weather forecasters.
On the 16th of October 1987 the South East corner of England woke to scenes of devastation. Here are some of your memories of that night.
It's the 25th anniversary of the Great Storm which hit the south east corner of England without warning on 15th/16th October 1987.
A quarter of a century ago, winds gusted at more than 100 mph during the Great Storm of 1987 and caused widespread damage.