25 years since the Great Storm

Twenty-five years ago today, people in our region were waking up to the devastation caused by the Great Storm. Eighteen people died in hurricane-force gales which tore through the south and east of England.

The storm caused huge amounts of damage Credit: ITV Anglia

Wind speeds topped more than a hundred miles an hour and ripped fifteen million trees from the ground, bringing roads and railways to a standstill.

You can find out how forecasting has improved since the Great Storm in part two of our special report on Anglia Tonight at 6pm.

Houses were destroyed by the storm Credit: ITV Anglia

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The Great Storm - 25 years on

On the night of 15/16th October 1987 the Anglia region was hit by the worst storm for nearly 300 years.