Gonzalo Remnants Affect UK, At Least Two Dead

October 21, 2014

Two or three people — reports from out of the UK vary — have been killed in the United Kingdom as a result of the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, with a woman killed by a falling tree, while a man died after being crushed a by van when the jack collapsed.

The death of a a 63-year-old man who died after his car crashed into a bridge near Merseyside, Liverpool, during the severe winds has also been attributed to the storm in some media reports.

Gonzalo is no longer classified as a hurricane by the National Hurricane Center, however it is still packing strong winds and causing disruption in the UK.

The UK Telegraph reports that gusts of up to 70mph were forecast to batter the British Isles as remnants of the hurricane move in from Atlantic, with the Met Office extending a severe weather warning to the whole British mainland.

The Express reports that the “remains of the Atlantic cyclone hit the UK last night with the full force now affecting flights and this morning’s rush hour as winds of up to 75mph batter the nation. Train lines were disrupted by the chaotic weather while 110 flights were cancelled.

“Bridges were also closed and parts of the A1 shut because a lorry overturned in high winds. Other chaos includes pulled down trees and power lines, meaning blackouts in various areas.”

Prior to making landfall in Bermuda, Gonzalo had already caused the death of one person in the Caribbean, with a man who was aboard a boat in St. Maarten’s Simpson Bay Lagoon being killed during the storm’s passage.

For all our coverage of Hurricane Gonzalo click here, for our live blog on the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo in Bermuda click here, and to follow along with the impact the remnants of Gonzalo are having in the UK, click here for the Telegraph’s live blog.

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  1. Umm.... says:

    This could have been us. I think there is something to be said about the sensible nature of Bermudian’s in being prepared and taking shelter during these strong storms. Very sad when anyone loses their life. Especially when it could have been avoided.

  2. Sounds like this hurricane has something against British people, It came directly at us and then headed up toward Newfoundland but by pass them,(They use to be British).Then heads right to the mother country and takes the lives, I don’t believe in Karma but you have to wonder, it is truly sad to see the lost of life in any situation.

    • PBanks says:

      This comment makes little sense. Gonzalo caused damage in the Leeward Islands and VI before heading towards Bermuda, even leading to a fatality, is there something the hurricane had against the people down there?

    • Kim Smith says:


    • steve says:

      What nonsense

    • Family Man says:

      You comments clearly demonstrate a profound ignorance and total lack of respect for scientific knowledge. But I sincerely doubt you can understand the magnitude of the stupidity in your statements.

    • jt says:

      Clever guy….in his own mind.

  3. aceboy says:

    Way to make the stupidest comment of the day Mr. Santucci.

  4. MAKE MY DAY says:

    I remember the same thing happened with *Emily* back in ’87!!