Fierce gales swept across Britain, October 27, killing at least seven people and causing widespread damage.
Fierce gales swept across Britain, October 27, killing at least seven people and causing widespread damage. For some areas, the storm brought the first unrationed water for weeks, and north-east Scotland suffered the first heavy snowfall of the winter.
Five of the dead were fishermen whose boats foundered off the Scottish coast; the two other deaths occurred in accidents caused by the gale in different parts of the country. The wind rose to 104 m.p.h. at St. Abos Head, Berwickshire, equalling the previous October record for the British Isles since observations began.
Ships sought shelter at points all round the coast and many vessels were damaged. The Dunkirk to Dover night ferry was six hours late on arrival from France. At Deal, on the Kent coast the gale developed into a whirlwind, toppling chimney stacks and damaging roofs as it swept across the town. Off the Welsh coast. a lifeboat sailed on to the wave-washed deck of a ship in distress and saved the 9-man crew.
Inland, delays were caused by trees falling across roads and railways. By nightfall, the gale was losing some of its strength. At a power station in Wales, an 80-foot wall was cracked by the wind and was in danger of collapsing.