Hurricane Gonzalo: Remnants Felt Across the UK

Tuesday 21st Oct 2014 by theWeather Club

Image: Hurricane Gonzalo on 16th October 2014 (Source: NOAA)

Following a mostly quiet 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, two consecutive hurricanes recently established themselves; Hurricane Fay skimmed Bermuda on 12th October 2014 whilst major Hurricane Gonzales hit the same island on 17th October 2014, after previously passing over several Caribbean islands. It was the strongest hurricane to hit the area for more than a decade and the strongest Atlantic hurricane since Igor in 2010. Gonzales brought rain and strong winds up to 110mph to Bermuda causing damage to power lines, trees and buildings.

Gonzalo then transitioned into a mid-latitude depression as it travelled northeastwards across cooler waters towards the UK. The ex-hurricane bought strong winds, gusts of over 70 mph in some coastal areas and torrential rain on 21st October 2014, resulting in flood warnings and travel disruption across many parts, up and down the country. Road, rail and air passengers suffered disruption due to fallen trees and high winds, and sadly a pedestrian died after being hit by a falling tree in London.

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