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.

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

* 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