© National Portrait Gallery, London
by Brigid Marlin Click on the links below to find out more
oil and tempera on board, 1987
40 3/8 in. x 30 1/2 in. (1026 mm x 775 mm)
Hurricane-force winds batter southern England, blowing-down trees, and damaging buildings, blocking roads and causing 19 deaths. The storm was not predicted by the Met Office, a fact that is often jeeringly referred to by quoting Michael Fish's response to a report that 'there was a hurricane on the way…don't worry… there isn't' (the report was actually referring to Florida, not the UK).
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