Thursday 11 October 2012

Great Storm of 1987 in Kent Hurricane Winds Batter UK

Great Storm of 1987 in Kent - Hurricane Force Winds Hit SE England

Along with much of the rest of the South East of England, Kent was affected by the severe winds in 15/16 October 1987 resulting in hurricane force winds that destroyed many trees and damaged lots of buildings in the area. The event was made more famous by Michael Fish's comments on TV weather forecast that no hurricane was on its way a few hours before it struck. This gallery shows a selection of images of the immediate aftermath and of trees uprooted taken some weeks later near Queendown Warren.

You can see the scale of the tree roots that have been ripped out of the ground compared to the person standing next to them which gives an idea of the ferocity of the hurricane force winds that hit Kent on 15/16 October 1987

Newspaper headlines on the Great Storm of 1987 showing ferry blown ashore in Kent by Hurricane winds. Sealink car ferry the Hengist was blown ashore at Folkestone Kent

Great Storm 1987 Kent Hurricane
Great Storm 1987 Kent Hurricane