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1987 Great Storm in the UK



With winds gusting at up to 100mph, there was massive devastation across the
country and 18 people were killed. About 15 million trees were blown down. Many fell on
to roads and railways, causing major transport delays. Others took down electricity and
telephone lines,…

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the wind veered from southerly to south-westerly. To the north-west of this region,
there were two maxima in gust speeds, separated by a period of lower wind speeds.
During the first period, the wind direction was southerly. During the latter, it was
south-westerly. Damage patterns in south-east England suggested that…

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Orkney and Shetland, winds as strong as those which blew across south-east England
in October 1987 can be expected once every 30 to 40 years.
The 1987 storm was also remarkable for the temperature changes that accompanied
it. In a five-hour period, increases of more than 6 °C per hour…

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