Violent storm tore through Portsmouth

The devastation in Ladies Mile on Southsea Common after the 1987 Great Storm, often referred to as a hurricane
The devastation in Ladies Mile on Southsea Common after the 1987 Great Storm, often referred to as a hurricane
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In 1987 southern England experienced some of the most severe weather conditions of the past century.

Although forecasters predicted high winds, they underestimated the violence of the storm that visited Portsmouth on October 16.

Winds in excess of 100mph caused damage to many properties and trees, especially along Ladies Mile on Southsea Common.