Do you remember the Great Storm of 1987? Get in touch to share your stories
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Thirty years ago, our region was rocked by a huge storm which caused widespread devastation and destruction in its wake.
On the morning of October 16, 1987, people awoke to find hurricane force winds had forced down power lines, destroyed cars and uprooted millions of trees.
As we approach the 30th anniversary of that historic day we want to share your memories and photographs.
Just the night before, in what would be the most infamous blunder of his career, former BBC weatherman Michael Fish assured viewers that reports of a potential hurricane were unfounded.
'Earlier on today apparently a woman rang the BBC and said she heard there was a hurricane on the way,' Mr Fish told viewers.
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'Well if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't.'
He then goes on to say that 'actually, the weather will become very windy.'
- 1 Work started on four new homes without permission
- 2 Woman has heart attack and dies in ambulance waiting for a hospital bed
- 3 Jets heard roaring over Norwich for training exercise
- 4 Murder investigation launched after body of man found in Norwich flat
- 5 Flight bound for Norwich turns back to Aberdeen
- 6 Norwich mum and daughter duo shed 12st
- 7 Christmas craft, food and gift fair returning to Norfolk estate
- 8 Man dies after medical emergency on beach
- 9 Crews tackle huge Fens blaze
- 10 Former factory site to become a new church
But the strong winds of the Great Storm reached 120mph along the Norfolk coast, with the most severe being felt in Gorleston where it peaked at 122mph.
Close to 120,000 homes were without power and some 200 schools were forced to close after many had suffered damage, including Oriel High in Gorleston, St Mary's Catholic School in Yarmouth, Acle Primary Blackdale Middle School.
Swathes of caravans were swept into the sea along the coast and a container ship, the Duke of Yare, almost capsized in the North Sea where the waves reached almost 100ft.
Norfolk suffered a tragedy when west Norfolk farmer, Sidney Riches, died in a collision on the A10 in Tottenhill, near King's Lynn, where it was partly blocked by a fallen tree.
The storm killed 18 people and lifted 15m trees off the ground along its path in southern and eastern England, crashing down on houses, roads, power lines and cars.
In the aftermath, the UK was left dealing with £2b worth of damage, making it the most expensive weather related disaster at that time.
As the 30th anniversary of that fateful day approaches next week, many will remember where they were and how they felt when one of the worst storms in living memory ripped through our streets.
Do you remember the Great Storm of 1987? If so, we'd like to hear from you. Send your stories and pictures to email@example.com or call us on 01603 628311.