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Sorry, don't remember that. I do remember the great storm a few days later, on the 19th.

Properly, it's Atlantic hurricanes (and tropical depressions and storms) that are named; they don't need to go anywhere near America.

On October 15th 1987 we had a 35-40ft ash tree about halfway up one side of our back garden. During the night the wind blew it over in the only way that couldn't cause any real damage. It fell between the swing and a fence post (that was doing a passable job of hiding the ugly old shed from the back of the house) and diagonally across the garden so that the very top branches were lightly brushing the patio doors of the new extension. Very strange seeing the garden full of leaves but it could have been so much worse.

I remember our fence blew down, my mum pretended to be rather cross about it but really she was pleased as it meant finally the stingy neighbours had to buy a new fence. Some wierd fence laws apparently, we own the right side, they own the left...

I lived in sevenoaks in kent at that time which was one of the worst hit places..
Sevenoaks is socalled because on the village green stood seven mighty oak trees,well during this storm six were felled-so the council later put six new baby oaks in place BUT somebody stole the new oak trees apparently baby oaks cost a lot of moneyanyway the council came again and planted seven YES seven new Bigger oaks so now

I remember The Great Storm. We were visiting my parents so they could get to know their Aussie grandkids. The day following the Great Storm we went to the Tower of London and have a photo of the kids beside a fallen ancient plane tree with the White Tower in the background - anyone can snap a beefeater or busby wearing chap.

Yes you guessed SEVENOAKS has in fact EIGHT OAKS on the village green ..

I'm always amazed people don't remember the burns day of 90 more - the worst of the winds in 87 were overnight, whereas in 90 it was during the day (hence more people dying). It certainly stands out in my head more. Perhaps coming just 3 years after the 87 one it just seemed less of a shock.

A friend worked at BBC TV Centre at the time. He told me that the emergency generators were tested regularly so that services could continue in the event of such an... event.

Unfortunately, the regular testing emptied the generators' diesel tanks so that, on the night in question... well, you can guess the rest.

Of course, when they went to all the local petrol stations to procure some diesel, they couldn't get it because, with the power out, none of the pumps worked.

Me? I made the rather foolhardy decision to try and cycle as usual from my digs in Arnos Grove down to Oxford St. It was too windy to cycle.

I remember it well. My parents house, a well built victorian one, SWAYED during the worst of the storm

Was fast asleep. We lost two sheds and a big tree in our garden, and half of another fell onto my dad's car, writing it off. Completely oblivious. I've always been a heavy sleeper.

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