On the 35th anniversary of the Great Storm, we look back at its impact on Sussex, one of the worst affected regions.
With wind speeds well over 160 km/h, the storm is said to have killed 18 people.
Most of the damage was in the south-east as the storm rolled in from the English Channel.
Shoreham bore the brunt of the strongest winds, with gusts reaching 115 mph.
About 15 million trees were blown down, including more than 20,000 at Wakehurst Place. It took five years to repair the damage there.
Sussex-born BBC weather presenter Michael Fish infamously said there was no hurricane on the way.
“Apparently a lady called the BBC this morning and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way,” he said.
“Well, don’t worry if you’re watching, there aren’t any.”
The Met Office later launched an investigation into why they failed to identify the storm.
Mr Fish said it was “unfair” to blame him as he relied on Met Office data, but he admitted he “ended up sounding a bit stupid”.
The storm caused an estimated £1billion in damage as trees were uprooted, windows smashed and roof tiles blown away.
The Peacehaven trailer park was wiped out by the storm.
Famous sights were not spared. Hove beach huts were destroyed and a Royal Pavilion minaret was knocked through the ceiling.
Outside the pavilion, large trees fell, ripping open the sidewalks beneath them.
The effects of the Great Storm of 1987 can still be seen in England’s forests today, as many lost trees were hundreds of years old, meaning it will take generations to fully recover.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23048273.dramatic-pictures-show-impact-great-storm-sussex/?ref=rss Dramatic images show the impact of the Great Storm on Sussex