Some 15 million trees were downed today in 1987 during the worst storm Britain had known since the Great Storm of 1703.
Despite the gathering winds, BBC weather forecaster Michael Fish famously brushed the threat aside with the now notorious remark, "Earlier on today, apparently, a woman rang the BBC and said she'd heard there was a hurricane on the way... well, if you're watching, don't worry, there isn't!" Technically the Great Storm wasn't a hurricane. Winds reached hurricane force (12 on the Beaufort Scale), but because the weather system hadn't come from the tropics, it didn't count as a hurricane. It was, however, a pretty extreme piece of weather.
We are raising a glass to poor Michael Fish with an aptly named Dark 'n' Stormy.