VIDEO: 11 fascinating facts about the Sheffield Hurricane of February 16 1962

On February 16 1962 hurricane force winds brought death and destruction to Sheffield.

Thursday, 16th February 2017, 11:07 am
Updated Wednesday, 1st March 2017, 8:35 am
The Star's front page of February 16 1962

It was a day many Sheffielders will never forget. Here are some fascinating facts about one of the biggest storms ever to hit the city...

* The strongest recorded gust recorded on the day was 96mph

Residents of Skye Edge Avenue get a roof over their heads as workmen lay tarpaulin to protect their hurricane ravaged homes

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* Four people were killed during the storm

* As well as causing deaths the hurricane injured more than 250 people across the city

* Around 70,000 Sheffield homes were damaged by the high winds

* 250 people were left homeless by the disaster

Hurricane damage on Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne

* The Attercliffe, Crookes and Heeley parts of the city were the worst hit

* Of those killed the youngest victim was 17-year-old John William Johnson

* Sheffield United's Bramall Lane ground suffered storm damage with a floodlight pylon being reduced to a heap of twisted metal

* A packed London to Sheffield train narrowly escaping hitting debris on the track at Heeley

Residents of Skye Edge Avenue get a roof over their heads as workmen lay tarpaulin to protect their hurricane ravaged homes

* The total cost of the damage was estimated to have been around £2 million - that's £40 million in today's money

* The storm went on to wreak havoc in Germany, killing 300 people in the city of Hamburg

Hurricane damage on Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne