The year of 1987 will always be synonymous with the great storm.
In this gallery you will see photos from the great storm of October in that year now 36 years ago. The storm ripped through the city and caused substantial damage to the area after a violent extratropical cyclone occurred on the night of 15–16 October.
Hurricane-force winds caused casualties up and down the country, in France, and the Channel Islands as a severe weather depression in the Bay of Biscay moved northeast.
The photo gallery also features images of Pompey’s 1987 team and when the Queen paid a visit to Old Portsmouth.
If you enjoy this gallery take a look at our photo features from Portsmouth in 1990 and1992.
What are your memories of Portsmouth in the 1980s?
1. Portsmouth in 1987
Mike Castellano was not too pleased about his car after the Great Storm in October 1987. The News PP4119 Photo: The News archive
2. Portsmouth in 1987
A building lies across the road in Southsea after being swept up by the storm in October 1987. The News PP4122 Photo: The News archive
3. Portsmouth in 1987
The Parade Hotel in Southsea had to move tiles and bricks out of the way of the entrance due to the storm in October 1987. The News PP4120 Photo: The News archive
4. Portsmouth in 1987
Office worker Carse Louth clears rubble at the Honda Centre, New Road, Portsmouth after it crashed through the roof on to the new motorcycles in October 1987. The News PP4121 Photo: The News archive