The Great Storm of 1987 struck England on the night of the 15th/16th of October 1987, damaging 3 million homes and buildings, destroying 15 million trees, blocking roads and railways, closing airports, and leaving hundreds of thousands of people without power. Around 150 people were injured and 19 killed. Winds of up to 122 miles per hour were recorded in Sussex, Essex and Kent. The Met Office was criticised for failing to forecast the storm correctly, and BBC meteorologist Michael Fish became famous for his dismissal of rumours that a hurricane was on its way. The storm also struck France, leaving 1.79 million homes without electricity or water supply and destroying a quarter of Brittany's forests.