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Factfile: The 1987 Great Storm

The Great Storm of 1987 caused an estimated £1.4 billions worth of damage Photo: ITV Anglia

The Met Office has compiled a fact file about the Great Storm of 1987.

  • 18 people are killed in Britain, four in France.
  • Devastation costs are reported to be more than £1billion.
  • An estimated 15 million trees were lost.
  • Thousands of homes were without power for several days.
  • Wreckage blocked roads and railways.
  • A ship capsized at Dover, a Channel ferry was driven ashore near Folkestone and a detention ship off Harwich broke its moorings.
  • It was the worst storm since 1703 and was analysed as being a one in 200 year storm for southern Britain.
  • Average wind speeds of 50 mph were observed across south east England with a peak gust of 115 mph observed at Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.
  • A public enquiry was announced shortly after the storm and an internal enquiry was conducted by the Met Office.
  • Government funds the Met Office to set up the National Severe Weather Warning Service.
  • The Royal Sovereign lightship on the south coast recorded an average wind speed of 86 mph.
  • Temperatures rose by up to 10C for a short period overnight as the storm pushed north.
  • Storm centre pressure fell to 951mb over the English Channel.
  • A pressure rise of more than 20mb was observed in just three hours as the low moved away to the north.

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