The Met Office has warned that Hurricane Gonzalo, which battered parts of the Caribbean, will hit the UK on Tuesday bringing with it heavy rains across the north of Britain.
Teams on the island of Bermuda have been clearing wreckage and repairing buildings after it was hit by Hurricane Gonzalo on Friday night, which damaged buildings but caused no deaths or serious injuries.
The storm crossed over the island late on Friday night and is now moving over the Atlantic towards Newfoundland in Canada – and it is on course to cross the Atlantic and reach Ireland and Britain. Simon Partridge, a spokesman for the Met Office said that they expected the storm to be downgraded from a hurricane today and will reach the UK in the middle of the night on Monday.
“It will weaken as it crosses the Atlantic. In the UK there will be winds and rain - in north Wales, and the north Midlands there could be up to 10mm of rain. In the highlands in Scotland there could be up to 20mm of rain. "There will be winds of between 30-35 mph, and gusts of up to 50mph, and in some parts of Ireland there could be winds of up to 60mph” Partridge said.
But he reassured, it will not be like a hurricane by the time it gets here: “The storm won’t be different from a normal winter storm that we are used to, the only issue is that leaves are still on the trees which could cause debris on the roads affecting Tuesday morning rush hour.” The Met Office has information and advice about this on its website.
Hurricane Gonzalo had winds of 110mph and was a category 2 hurricane when it reached Bermuda, the Press Association reports and more than 18,000 homes were still without power there on Saturday. Damage includes several uprooted trees, broken walls and swept off roofs.
Hurricane Gonzalo in pictures
Hurricane Gonzalo in pictures
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A shot of Hurricane Gonzalo captured by the NOAA's GOES-East satellite off the US East Coast of America
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Hurricane Gonzalo seen from space, the storm will have lost most of its power by the time it reaches the other side of the Atlantic
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NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of Hurricane Gonzalo in the Atlantic Ocean
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Hurricane Gonzalo is seen in a NOAA image from the GOES satellite taken over the Atlantic Ocean
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Hurricane Gonzalo gained strength overnight into Thursday as it barreled in the Atlantic toward Bermuda, which was bracing for a hit from the powerful Category Four storm
Part of the roof has come off the island’s parliament and off an exhibit at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo. The International Airport was closed last night, but officials have said it might reopen later today.
The island’s premier, Michael Dunkley tweeted last night: "Great day of recovery Bermuda! All hands were on deck and worked very well. Much to be done but we are roaring back! Thank you everyone.”
Bermuda was damaged during the last week by Tropical Storm Fay. Hurricane Gonzalo is said to be the strongest to reach Bermuda in a decade – the British Overseas Territory was left with £62 million of damage and four people dead after Hurricane Fabian in 2003.
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