In the 25 years since the storm devastated the South East, improved technology has led to better forecasts and warnings. Thanks to BBC for showing it recently. The Great Storm of 1987 caused huge damage across the UK (Picture: PNR/handout) Hurricane Ophelia threatens life in the UK and Ireland as it forms a path of Category 2 … It killed 22 people as it ravaged the UK, 30 years ago. 1987 Hurricane Values, Specs and Prices Select a 1987 Hurricane Model . HURRICANE DAMAGE TO TREES after hurricane of October 1987 Ashdown Forest, Sussex, England Brighton, UK. It took some time for the true facts to really emerge." Many had left their houses, and neighbours did not know where they had gone. In the 24-hour span between 1800 UTC on September 21 and 1800 UTC on September 22, the central barometric pressure of the storm dropped 44 mbar (hPa) to 958 mbar ( hPa; 28.29 inHg) and winds increased to 125 mph (205 km/h), equivalent to a high-end Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir–Simpson Hurricane Scale. "When we eventually got him out, he had suffocated under the rubble. During his lunchtime news forecast 30 years ago, a smirking Mr Fish said: "Earlier on today a woman rang the BBC and said she had heard a hurricane was on the way. Category 2 is the fourth-highest classification on the Saffir–Simpson scale.When a storm's wind speed is between 83 knots (96 mph; 154 km/h; 43 m/s) and 95 knots (109 mph; 176 km/h; 49 m/s), it is classified as a Category 2. Using a chainsaw, he hacked at them as he went. THE Great Storm of 1987 - one of the UK's most catastrophic cyclones - left 18 people dead and a monstrous repair bill of more than £1 billion. or your mothers rockstar?. Great Storm of 1987: Michael Fish's 'white lie', The Great Storm of 1987: How weather forecasting has changed, Fighting the 'stigma' of dementia in Asian families. 16th Oct, 2017. "It was a case of gradually picking our way over the rubble. Hard to find footage of the famous forecast. A ship capsized at Dover and a Channel Ferry was driven ashore near Folkstone, during the most devastating storm since 1703. Sevenoaks was reduced to one oak. Mr Fish who is set to feature in a BBC documentary to mark the 30th anniversary of the storm, said he would love to be named after a storm, and is confident that Brits would never miss a storm like this again. Hurricane 87. Hurricane 1987. Much of southern England was completely battered by the winds gusting up to 100mph. The number of trees lost was estimated at 15 million. The 1987 had an extremely high hourly-mean speed of 75 knots, in some areas gusting continually for up to four hours. 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Hurricane Gilbert slams into Jamaica, killing hundreds of people, on September 12, 1988. category 4 hurricane (Saffir–Simpson hurricane wind scale) Part of: 1987 Pacific hurricane season: Located on terrain feature: North-East Pacific Ocean: Start time: 5 October 1987: End time: 12 October 1987: Part of the series At Gatwick Airport, it never exceeded 34 knots (Force 8). A few … Days before the storm struck, forecasters predicted severe weather in the form of heavy rain was on the way. But when they tried to reach his 59-year-old brother, they found the bedroom was full of bricks and debris. ... (161 km/h) in parts of the UK. "They [the emergency services] got him out in the end, but he was dead.". Eighteen people lost their lives in the horror storm, and four people were killed in France. The former meteorologist received a wealth of criticism in the wake of the storm, for failing to predict it. Kent police constable Douglas Stitt was five miles away in Tenterden when he got the call for help. "It was only later we learned people had died.". © 2020 BBC. By the time most people had gone to bed on 15 October, TV weather warnings still had not launched any warnings of brutal winds. "There was structural damage that could be addressed, but the trees couldn't be replaced. It killed 22 people as it ravaged the UK, 30 years ago. On the south coast the Royal Sovereign lightship witnessed an average wind speed of 86mph. 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