A news item to reassure the populace of the UK that it will not be hit by three hurricanes this Autumn has just been issued by the Met Office (fig 1). The writer states categorically that The UK does not get hurricanes. This is true, but only just! I say only just, because on the 16th of September 1961, Hurricane Debbie briefly did make landfall close to Belmullet in County Mayo (fig 2), on the northwest coast of Éire. Most people either don’t know about Hurricane Debbie and the 12 deaths and widespread damage that it caused in the Republic of Ireland, they may well have been too young, or maybe they believe that tropical cyclones just can’t survive very long over oceans with SST of less than 26°C, which is usually true. The only thing that I do know thanks to Alan Jay Lerner is that hurricanes hardly ever happen in Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire.