THIS WEEK IN 1974: Police delugedÂ with fallen tree calls in hurricane force winds
As gales lashed the south, Hampshire police were receiving calls every five minutes reporting fallen trees and television aerials, and shop windows which hadÂ blown in.
Diversions were set up at several danger spots where trees were about to fallÂ including Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, and Havant Road, Drayton.Â
The winds caused more havoc amongÂ boats moored in Langstone Harbour. One 30ft motor-cruiser, which broke its mooring, was rescued byÂ Hayling Island residents.Â
Gosport and Lee-on-the-Solent became areas littered with fallen trees, shed roofs and dustbin lids. The town lost 12 trees and the police closed the road nearÂ Lee Sailing Club when wind hurled sea water into the path of motorists.
In total, Sussex Police received 336 emergencyÂ calls about fallen trees as winds reached hurricane force.Â
Holidaymakers scrambled up ladders and held on to the roof of the Golden LionÂ CafÃ© at Hayling Island while the owners piled bricks on top to stop it blowing away. SquallsÂ liftedÂ it by several feet.
'˜At one point there were seven people holding on to the roof,' said Marguerite Kalli, the cafÃ© owner.Â