A Mighty Wind
October 15, 2012 12:01 AM Subscribe
posted by kcds (11 comments total)
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Twenty-five years ago today, southern England and northern France were struck by the Great Storm of 1987
. Although the storm did not go entirely unforecast
, the exact track and ferocity of the storm were not as predicted, and the resulting devastation
killed at least 22 people, and destroyed
six of the seven oak trees that are symbolic of the eponymous town of Sevenoaks
, in Kent.
I was in college at the time, at the University of Kent at Canterbury. I slept right through the storm itself, but my first inkling that something
had happened came when I woke up to the site of fallen leaves on the floor of my dorm room - leaves which had been blown under the door to my room, which, I hasten to add, was not an exterior door.
The power was out, and everyone traipsed over to the college I resided in, Darwin, because it was the only dining hall that was open, and that was primarily because its large expanse of windows afforded it a great deal of natural light, a necessity due to the power outage. Breakfast that morning consisted of fruit, untoasted bread, and cold beverages.
People immediately started referring to it as a hurricane, which, technically, it was not, although the maximum straight-line gusts were of comparable strength to hurricane-force winds.