Great Storm of 1987 ripping through the heart of Berkshire shown in archive photos

With heavy rain and 80mph winds having battered parts of the UK in the form of Storm Dudley on Wednesday, it got us thinking about one of the most memorable storms in Berkshire’s history.

While the county may have escaped pretty lightly with Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice is set to arrive on Friday (February 18) and is predicted to cause further damage to our shores.

This takes us back to the infamous Great Storm of 1987 which took place in mid-October of that year.

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One of the most devastating storms ever seen in Britain, its effects have lived long in the memory of anyone who lived through this storm to beat all other storms.

Winds of 77mph were recorded in Reading, which was a record for October, while Professor Roger Brugge of the University of Reading said that the storm was memorable for the huge number of trees it brought down.

Because it happened at night, injuries and deaths were fortunately limited, although the extreme weather did lead to schools closing across the country and thousands of homes left without power.

These photos hopefully go some way to illustrating the sheer catastrophic nature these incredibly strong winds caused.

For beautiful, historic images from the past have a look at memorylane.co.uk and see what you can discover.

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