WATCH: A night that paralysed Norfolk - eyewitnesses’ incredible stories of the 1987 Great Storm

Trees and branches spread across Newmarket Road in Norwich after the night of the storm. Picture: DA

Trees and branches spread across Newmarket Road in Norwich after the night of the storm. Picture: DAVE HODKINSON - Credit: Archant

Chaos and destruction ravaged East Anglia when the most devastating storm of the century battered buildings, landmarks and forests 30 years ago. Watch the incredible footage and people's memories here.

Killing 18 people, flattening 15 million trees and leaving much of Britain without power, the Great Storm of 1987 was a catastrophic phenomenon remembered vividly by those who survived it.

Large swathes of Norfolk and Suffolk were torn apart by ferocious 110mph winds on the night of October 15 – paralysing road networks, electricity systems and telephone wires.

Trees ripped through overhead power lines, plunging the region into days of darkness and cutting countless communities off from the outside world.

The video takes a look back on some of the powerful stories and pictures from that night in 1987 that caused so much chaos and damage across our region.


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