Marks the anniversary of the biggest storm the southern part of the UK has ever seen.
Over the course of today it has fast become one of those conversations that start with ‘Do you remember where you were during THAT storm’?
(If you are under the age of 30…stop reading now)
It was also the storm that no one knew about.
Michael Fish, the weatherman who made his name for getting the weather so spectacularly wrong was quoted reporting during the lunchtime weather report
‘Earlier on today apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she’d heard there was a hurricane on the way. Well, if you are watching, don’t worry, there isn’t.’
The storm went on to kill 18 people, uproot over 15 million trees and cause £1bn worth of damage.
So cast your mind back. Perhaps you were at school? Work? Shopping?
I was at school. I remember during the first day of the storm vividly trying to get one from classroom to another. It was the longest walk of our tender lives. The teacher was unaware of the changeable weather and sent us off to our next class which was 5 minute walk down a wooded path. We were whipped up and thrown from the path into the trees and yes, we actually felt at one point that we were flying. The wind was so strong that it brought us off the ground. Memory is a funny thing as it is an event I had not even thought about since it happened. Listening to a radio call in earlier of people talking about where they were during the storm 30 years ago this weekend today brought back the memories of that day. 30 years ago. Yikes! However with a little bit of reflection I can remember, I remember my uniform, the walk along the path and the heavy pressure of the wind pushing into us. I remember the shrieks and laughter as we literally were lifted from the ground. We wore heavy green cloaks as part of our uniform and I honestly think it saved some of our lives, it made us just heavy enough to be weighted!
So where were you 30 years ago? Do you remember the storm? How old were you?
For those who have no recollection of the storm. Do not fear, another is on its way this weekend…..at least we know about this one.
A storm for your children to remember perhaps.
According to todays weather reports, perhaps it might just be.