I find it interesting reading all the reports looking back at the 1987 hurricane. My local paper has likened the aftermath to the fall out from a wall zone. Whilst the hurricane did indeed affect Sevenoaks, taking six of the seven famous oak trees on the vine, it was no way as dramatic as reported.
I won’t say how old I was in 1987 but I was certainly old enough to remember waking up, having slept through the storm to find the front gate had blown over. Thinking little of I made my way to school as normal to find it was closed and returned home again. Much has been reported about the lack of power in many areas, some of which had none for many weeks, but as I remember the only thing that affected us, was the fact we had no phone line for a week. I guess the main thing that made the storm unusual was the fact that it came out of nowhere with weatherman Michael Fish assuring viewers there would be no hurricane. With the anniversary of the storm looming it seems forecasters this time are taking no chances and have predicted a chance of gales.