Brutal gusting winds of up to 75mph / 120kph have caused havoc in Ireland as giant trees were uprooted, power lines knocked down, properties damaged and transport thrown into turmoil as the post-tropical cyclone, Hurricane Gonzalo, hit ground.
The cyclone hit Ireland’s shores at 6pm on Tuesday night, with a 300-mile core and powerful winds across a 800-mile area.
In Ireland there were warnings issued for high winds and a deluge of rain on Tuesday morning. Met Eireann, Ireland’s meteorological service, issued a Status Orange weather warning, which stayed in place until 2pm on Tuesday.
Irish Ferries and P&O Ferries both canceled services for Tuesday. In Northern Ireland ferry sailings to Scotland were also canceled.
Also on Monday evening a ferry drifted from its berth in Belfast Lough in the midst of the stormy weather.
Aer Lingus reported that authorities at London’s Heathrow Airport requested that airlines reduce their flight schedules dues to the strong winds. Two round trips between Dublin and Heathrow were canceled.
Irish Rail also reported delays and train cancellations on the DART line, in Dublin.
Outside Kirkstown, Letterkenny in County Donegal, felled trees blocked commuter routes. County Council workers spent hours sawing through the trees to make the area passable.
In Newry two car owners had a lucky escape after the roof of a shopping mall blew off and landed smack bang on their cars.
The police tweeted:
What was left of Hurricane Gonzalo was nothing compared to the havoc wrought in Bermuda where there was widespread damage and a power blackout. Thousands of trees were uprooted and the holiday island’s hospital was damaged.
Car park in front of Saver & Argos closed as a result of wind blowing roof off nearby building, take care it's windy! pic.twitter.com/DMHovANyuW— PSNI Newry & Mourne (@PSNINewry) October 21, 2014