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Michael Fish

'No hurricane on the way'

The Great Storm of 1987

Eighteen lives were lost and over £1billion was spent on the clean up operation. The Great storm of 1987 had a big impact on Suffolk and the south of England - 20 years on we want to hear your stories.

The strong winds hit Suffolk on Friday 16 October 1987. People woke to find transport links severed, power supplies cut, buildings damaged and thousands of trees felled.

The impact of the storm on Suffolk's landscape and the county's residents was devastating.

Twenty years on BBC Suffolk is running a series of features on how the county was affected by the storm of 1987. As part of this we'd love to hear your stories and to see any photos you have of that eventful day and the aftermath.

Was your life disrupted by the storm?
Were you involved in the clean up operation?
Did you help plan the regeneration of trees in forests across Suffolk?

Fishy forecast

BBC weatherman Michael Fish remains synonymous with the storm of 1987 following his forecast the night before: "Earlier on today apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she heard that there's a hurricane is on its way. Well if you're watching, don't worry there isn't."

Despite predicting strong winds, Fish wasn't alone in presuming that the turbulent storms which started in the mid Atlantic and were expected to hit Spain and France would miss England.

According to the Met Office the last storm of similar magnitude in England occurred in 1703, when 8000 people were killed.

last updated: 25/09/07

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