On the night of 15-16 October 1987, Britain was hit by what was effectively – if not technically – a hurricane. It is remembered as The Great Storm.
The BBC says, “The storm cost a total of 18 lives and an estimated £1 billion in repairs and clear-up costs. Hundreds of people were injured. Around 15 million trees were lost… By the time most people went to bed, exceptionally strong winds had not even been mentioned in national radio and TV weather broadcasts. Officially, the gusts were locally hurricane force in strength but not sufficiently widespread. According to the Met Office, the last storm of similar magnitude in England occurred in 1703.”
This photo is of a street in Orpington after the storm.
Just a few miles down the road, at Sevenoaks, six of the historic oak trees were destroyed.