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

The Star's front page of February 16 1962
The Star's front page of February 16 1962

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

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

* 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

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

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

* 250 people were left homeless by the disaster

* 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

Hurricane damage on Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne

Hurricane damage on Northern Avenue, Arbourthorne

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

* 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