With Storm Doris set to sweep the region - A look back at the Great Storm of 1987
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With Storm Doris set to bring gusts of 70mph across the region tomorrow, we look back at the devastating storm of October 1987 which caused chaos.
It was the worst storm to have hit England in almost 300 years, since the Great Storm of 1703, and created a terrifying and strange night which few who lived through will ever forget.
The south and east of England were battered by hurricane-force winds which caused chaos here in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The wind speed was recorded at 102mph at Martlesham Heath, near Ipswich, and more than 90mph in the Yarmouth area.
Were it not for the storm happening during the early hours of the morning, the consequences could have been far, far worse - with an estimate of 150 people injured on top of the 18 fatalities.
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Stories of near-misses and lucky escapes were rife as the huge clear-up operation swung into action, seeing the army brought in to assist the emergency services in clearing debris in some areas and electrical engineers from around the country drafted in to help get the region's electricity network back up and running.
Many remember clearly that weather forecasters in England had not been warning of serious storms in the days before it hit.
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There had been talk of a storm that would not quite reach British shores, which had formed over the west of the Atlantic, but the heavy wind and rain which materialised had been largely unexpected.
The storm was initially referred to as a hurricane, but as the storm had not formed in the tropics, it was not officially a hurricane.