Still completing restoration work after massive outages from Fay, BELCO stationed vehicles and supplies at strategic points on the island to prepare for the next hurricane. The hurricane caused widespread structural damage and flooding, with downed trees and power lines. [104] In Germany, gusts over 145 km/h (90 mph) were recorded at high elevations. [34] Numerous homes sustained damage, largely to their roofs, with the Saint George Parish suffering the greatest losses. Hurricane Gonzalo scored a direct hit on Bermuda Friday night into Saturday morning, pummeling the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds that … [77] According to preliminary estimates, properties in the Dockyard alone incurred US$1 million (2014 BMD) in damage. [95] Offshore, a buoy over the Laurentian fan recorded peak wave heights to 68 ft (21 m),[96] and an oil rig southeast of the storm's center experienced sustained winds of 98 mph (158 km/h). The winds then reached the same speed as Hurricane Gonzalo, and caused damage … [93] Some communities, including St. John's, worked to clear debris from culverts and storm drains to minimize the effects of flooding. [12] The hurricane was downgraded to Category 2 as the northern eyewall crossed Bermuda,[13] and about 00:30 UTC on October 18, the center of circulation passed directly over the island, signalling an official landfall. The remnants of hurricane Gonzalo are set to reach the UK, after it caused damage (seen here) in some parts of the Caribbean last week. Bermuda experienced an unprecedented double whammy in 2014, as two named storms made landfall there just six days apart: Hurricane Fay on Oct. 12, followed by Hurricane Gonzalo on Oct. 18. [26] Bermuda Regiment soldiers were stationed at various points to support emergency response crews and ensure the safety of the public. Three cruise ships were diverted from the island. Gonzalo tracked northwestward as it intensified into a major hurricane. Gonzalo struck Bermuda less than a week after the surprisingly fierce Hurricane Fay; 2014 was the first season in recorded history to feature two hurricane landfalls in Bermuda. [84] After initial assessments, Premier Dunkley reported that the territory fared "much better than we expected",[85] and the storm was not blamed for any deaths or major injuries on Bermuda. October 17, 2014. A large storm system involving the remnants of Gonzalo battered the British Isles and central Europe on October 21, killing three people in the United Kingdom and severely hindering transportation. The coast of the Netherlands endured high seas and gusts to 108 km/h (67 mph), uprooting trees and flooding the coastline. At the time, it was the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since Igor in 2010. Officials in the nearby French Caribbean island of Martinique said they were helping in a regional search for five people believed to be aboard boats that went adrift or ran aground during the hurricane as well as two other people who reportedly fell overboard. Antigua and Barbuda sustained US$40 million in losses, and boats were abundantly damaged or destroyed throughout the northern Leeward Islands. Gonzalo's remnants sped east-northeastward until a frontal boundary absorbed it on October 20, to the south-southwest of Iceland. [4] However, a tight inner core soon took shape, and Gonzalo began to quickly intensify throughout the day on October 12. Two people on Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy went missing in the storm,[42] and were presumed dead after remaining unaccounted for several months later. [56] As Gonzalo struck at low tide, the effects of storm surge were minimal. [73] In December, five new slate quarries were approved to accommodate the demand for roofing materials. The roof at the Visitor Centre in St. George's was damaged and the White Horse Tavern lost its roof. [19][33] Gonzalo caused an island-wide power outage,[19] and its storm surge damaged boats. In the Greek capital city of Athens, the deluge filled streets with rushing water that swept away hundreds of vehicles. Gonzalo passed just northeast of the British Virgin Islands overnight but did not cause any damage or flooding, Lorenzo Thomas, with the island's Department of … After Hurricane Fay caused extensive power outages on the island just days before, residents of Bermuda were forced to complete preparations for Gonzalo in haste. “Folks in Bermuda are going to need to start paying attention to this thing,” Dennis Feltgen, a National HurricaneCenter meteorologist, said by phone. Hurricane Gonzalo originated in a tropical wave that emerged from the western coast of Africa on October 4 and trekked across the Atlantic. [45], On Saint Martin, sustained winds exceeded 60 mph (95 km/h), and L'Espérance Airport recorded gusts to 93 mph (150 km/h) before the observing equipment failed. [32], While moving through the northeastern Leeward Islands as a fledgling hurricane, Gonzalo produced sustained winds of 77 mph (124 km/h) on Antigua, with gusts to 90 mph (140 km/h). [2] In spite of sea surface temperatures below 50 °F (10 °C), the storm was able to maintain a central dense overcast and deep warm core. [19], Late on October 14, while Gonzalo was still about 700 miles (1,130 km) to the south, the Bermuda Weather Service issued a hurricane watch for the island. 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The following Friday powerful Hurricane Gonzalo passed directly over the island on Friday October 17, 2014 causing flooding and damage to many structures. Susan Cuniff, who helps run the Liberty Inn hotel in front of Simpson Bay lagoon, said people were not prepared for a hurricane. [56] A restaurant at the site of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse was severely damaged, requiring a complete roof replacement. Saint Martin: 1 killed, 87 year old man riding out hurricane in a boat. Hurricane Cristobal also caused fatalities, though it did not strike land. [54] Elsewhere, rough seas affected parts of the Greater Antilles and the Bahamas. Three people were missing at sea after the hurricane Gonzalo … Gonzalo passed near Antigua as a tropical storm, tearing roofs from people's homes and knocking down trees, then gathered enough force near the tiny territories of St. Martin and Anguilla to be reclassified as a hurricane. [86], In the aftermath of the hurricane, a Royal Navy helicopter aboard Argyll flew out ahead of the ship to start aerial damage assessments. [2] Moving away from Bermuda, the hurricane continued to degrade,[14] but showed signs of increased organization later on October 18. At the time, it was the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since Igor in 2010. [2] By that time, it was headed toward the northwest around the periphery of the aforementioned ridge. [69], Structural damage ranged from the superficial to complete wall or roof failure, the latter being relatively uncommon. [29] Ahead of the storm, the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll sailed from the Caribbean to provide Bermuda with emergency assistance. Hurricane Gonzalo — Update Hurricane Gonzalo approached Bermuda late Friday as a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale, before making direct landfall as a strong Category 2. A woman in Burgas died from drowning. Photograph:/AFP/Getty Images. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 110 mph according to … The resultant system brought stormy weather to the British Isles and parts of mainland Europe on October 21,[2] and later contributed to the formation of a large cut-off low. By evening it had turned north-northeastward, ahead of an advancing trough over the eastern United States and in the wake of the receding ridge. (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by … Gonzalo is weakening but remains a Category 2 hurricane with 100-mph winds, Kines said. Hurricane Gonzalo caused substantial damage to Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo - including tearing the roof off an exhibit and serious coastal erosion. [63] At the height of the storm, about 31,000 out of 36,000 electricity customers were without power,[64][65] including the 1,500 outages left unresolved after Fay. Forecasters said Gonzalo could become a powerful category 4 hurricane Wednesday as it spins over open waters through Friday on a track toward Bermuda. Hurricane Gonzalo tore through Bermuda Friday night, downing trees and causing flooding and thousands of power outages. [23] One school functioned as a storm shelter,[24] and 66 people ultimately sought refuge there. Gonzalo battered the island with wind gusts as high as 144 mph (232 km/h), downing hundreds of trees and creating widespread roof damage. [61] Similarly, the Bermuda Botanical Gardens and Arboretum were closed due to safety hazards resulting from extensive vegetation damage. As much as 5.70 in (145 mm) of rain fell over the island. Despite an attendant expanse of clouds and thunderstorms, hostile winds from an upper-level trough hindered cyclogenesis. [19] Debris and flooding forced V. C. Bird International Airport to delay its return to operation after closing as a precaution. [76] Part of the structure's roof was blown a quarter mile (400 m). [27], The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) sent linemen to assist the Bermuda Electric Light Company (BELCO) crews in the event of power outages from Gonzalo. Hurricane Sally made landfall near Miami, Florida as a tropical depression before causing extensive damage throughout the Southeastern United States as a Category 2 hurricane. [24] Additionally, L.F. Wade International Airport closed prior to the storm's onslaught,[31] accounting for 62 canceled commercial flights. [58][59] A composting facility received 1,200 truckloads of plant debris per day after Fay and Gonzalo, up from an average of 100. Four hurricanes and two tropical storms made landfall during the season and caused 21 deaths and at least $233 million in damage. Damage caused by Hurricane Gonzalo as it roared over Bermuda Friday was … [17] Low astronomical tides prevented significant coastal flooding, but a 2.6 ft (0.8 m) surge was recorded at both St. John's and Argentia. It was unclear where exactly the people reportedly went missing or how many boats were involved. [81] Damage modelling firms estimated insured losses from the hurricane to settle between US$200 million and US$400 million, not including damage to watercraft,[2][82] though the CEO of the largest property insurer on Bermuda believed losses to be much lower. As the storm was strengthening and moving through the region, a hurricane warning was issued for the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, and Saint Martin. After clearing […] [91] All schools on the territory resumed classes by October 21. The storm killed three people on Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy. Hurricane Gonzalo grew into a major storm that threatens Bermuda later this week, while half a world away Tropical Storm Ana may become the second system this year to … The company replaced 228 utility poles, 80 transformers, and over four miles (6.5 km) of wire. Departing Bermuda, Gonzalo accelerated toward the waters of the North Atlantic, passing close to southeastern Newfoundland before becoming extratropical on October 19. [56] About six hundred streetlights on main roads and several hundred more on side-streets were inoperative following the hurricane; some remained unmended through January 2015. Gonzalo was a tropical cyclone that formed east of the Lesser Antilles and quickly strengthened into a hurricane just beforemoving through the northern Leeward Islands. On October 10, after encountering an eastward-propagating Kelvin wave, the system developed more concentrated convection. [38] Numerous individuals were treated for minor storm-related injuries, none of them life-threatening. [94][95] Outer rainbands produced up to 2.7 in (69 mm) of rain in just a few hours,[96] which produced localized urban flooding in St. Hurricane Gonzalo was the second tropical cyclone, after Hurricane Fay, to directly strike the island of Bermuda in a one-week time frame in October 2014, and was the first Category 4 Atlantic hurricane since Hurricane Ophelia in 2011. Banks, businesses, schools, and government offices closed in advance of the storm, while the Royal Navy ship HMS Argyll left its post in the Caribbean to provide Bermuda with emergency assistance. [106] A tornado touched down near Neukirchen an der Enknach in Austria, damaging homes and farms. [55], Gonzalo generated hurricane-force winds across Bermuda over a period of about six hours, at their strongest from the northwest on the backside of the storm. [75] An exhibit at the Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo was unroofed, and coastal erosion threatened to encroach on the site, though no animals were harmed. Hurricanes labeled Category 3 and above are considered major because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 110 mph according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC). [2] Several major cruise lines altered their itineraries to avoid the storm. [56] A multitude of buildings, including churches, a visitor's center, the House of Assembly building in Hamilton, and the Bermuda Police Service headquarters at Prospect Camp, suffered some degree of roof damage. [88] Some 35 of the vessel's crew worked to clear debris from the runway at the airport, which reopened on October 19 after thorough evaluations. [113][114] More than three hundred buildings were inundated in the Attica area. [108] Throughout Germany, the storm wrought €60–100 million (US$80–130 million) in insured losses. Eyewall replacement cycles led to fluctuations in the hurricane's structure and intensity, but on October 16, Gonzalo peaked with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 km/h). Gonzalo was a tropical cyclone that formed east of the Lesser Antilles and quickly strengthened into a hurricane just beforemoving through the northern Leeward Islands. Bermuda Regiment soldiers and sailors from the Argyll took part in initial cleanup and repairs on the territory, and preliminary assessments revealed that the storm did not compare to the devastation of Hurricane Fabian in 2003. Hurricane Gonzalo, Oct. 13th through 17th Bermuda: 31,200 homes lost power at height of Gonzalo. [56] Many boats were washed ashore and damaged or wrecked by the storm,[57] and other vessels tipped over in boatyards. [80] The Causeway was largely spared, with some damage to the safety walls alongside the road, and it was partially reopened on October 18 after initial repairs. [62], The first storm-related power outages took place in the early afternoon on October 17 as weather conditions worsened. A woman died in a traffic accident, attributed to wet road conditions, along the Bundesstraße 303 in the Bayreuth district. [3], A powerful ridge over the central Atlantic steered the nascent storm westward toward the Lesser Antilles. [2][56], The intense winds brought down utility poles and hundreds of trees (likely exacerbated by saturated ground from record rainfall in the months prior), leaving "barely a road" passable. The last major hurricane to cross land in the Atlantic Basin was Hurricane … [67] Service was not fully restored until November 3,[56] and BELCO ultimately spent US$2.9 million on system repairs after hurricanes Fay and Gonzalo. Oct. 18, 2014, 1:00 PM UTC / Updated Oct. 18, 2014, 8:40 PM UTC. As Gonzalo headed north-west over open waters, it churned up heavy surf in Puerto Rico, the US and British Virgin Islands, the Turks and Caicos Islands and the southeastern and central Bahamas. Following the appearance of an eye feature early the next day, the storm was upgraded to a Category 1 hurricane while located near Antigua in the eastern Caribbean. [100] In Essex, the winds collapsed a car jack supporting a van, fatally crushing a man working underneath. A powerful Atlantic tropical cyclone that wrought destruction in the Leeward Islands and Bermuda, Gonzalo was the seventh named storm, sixth and final hurricane and only the second major hurricane of the below-average 2014 Atlantic hurricane season. Tropical Storm Fay, Oct. 12th Bermuda: Many trees down. [2] Tropical storm conditions persisted for up to 24 hours. Paulette struck Bermuda as a Category 1 hurricane, becoming the first tropical cyclone to make landfall there since Gonzalo in 2014. With conditions increasingly favorable for further development, the disturbance gradually became better organized, forming a small low pressure area by October 11. [41], The storm wrecked dozens of boats around Saint Martin, including 22 in Simpson Bay Lagoon, and an elderly man aboard one of the stricken vessels was killed. 12/1/2014 Summary of Hurricane Gonzalo, October 17th-18th A hurricane watch was issued by Bermuda Weather Service (BWS) at 11.30pm local time thTuesday 14 October. Members of the Bermuda Regiment immediately began cleanup and recovery efforts,[87] while the government provided tarps to affected homeowners. “It is total devastation.”. Hurricane Gonzalo — Update. A few days later, Gonzalo made landfall in Bermuda as a high-end category 2 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale), causing extensive damage Gonzalo’s landfall . Streets are flooded following hurricane Gonzola in Marigot on the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin on October 14, 2014. The remnants of hurricane Gonzalo are set to reach the UK, after it caused damage (seen here) in some parts of the Caribbean last week. [36] Some growers lost their entire banana crops. Gusts reached 113 mph (182 km/h) at the Causeway, closer to sea level. [56][57][58] The storm razed several invasive species, with endemic trees proving more resilient. The winds then reached the same speed as Hurricane Gonzalo, and caused damage … The initial onset brought strengthening tropical storm force easterly winds during Friday morning. Winds gusted to 88 mph (142 km/h) at Oban in western Scotland,[2] while gusts exceeding 60 mph (100 km/h) were common elsewhere. [6] At 18:00 UTC, Gonzalo strengthened to a Category 3 major hurricane while located about 170 mi (270 km) north of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Gonzalo, the seventh named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, formed as a tropical storm (bypassing the tropical depression stage) … [103], Western and central Europe were also impacted by damaging winds and downpours. The storm formed from a tropical wave on October 12, while located east of the Lesser Antilles. [2] The airport recorded 2.85 in (72 mm) of rain, but due to the strong winds, this was most likely an underestimation of what actually fell. Hurricane Paulette was a powerful and long-lived tropical cyclone that became the longest-lived tropical cyclone in 2020 and also the first hurricane to make landfall in Bermuda since Gonzalo in 2014 as well as only the seventh ever recorded to make landfall on the island at hurricane strength. Gonzalo, the seventh named storm of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, formed as a tropical storm (bypassing the tropical depression stage) … [1] Gonzalo struck Bermuda less than a week after the surprisingly fierce Hurricane Fay; 2014 was the first season in recorded history to feature two hurricane landfalls in Bermuda. Six people died from Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014… Many roads were impassable immediately following the hurricane, and in many cases, the damage done by Gonzalo was indistinguishable from that of Fay. [52][53] Cyril E. King Airport on Saint Thomas was temporarily closed due to the storm;[53] the airport endured blustery conditions, with gusts reaching 35 mph (56 km/h). [43] Winds on Saint Barthélemy blew 86 mph (138 km/h) sustained, with gusts to 126 mph (203 km/h). [50] The eastern and western ends of the island bore the brunt of the storm, facing damage to utility poles, vegetation, and roofs,[40] and public schools did not reopen until October 20 or later. Bermudians are clearing up the damage after a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo felled trees and downed power lines on the small Atlantic island. [18], When Gonzalo first formed, various governments across the eastern Caribbean issued tropical cyclone warnings and watches, extending from Guadeloupe to the coast of Puerto Rico. Amy Arrindell, vice-president of the St Martin Zoological and Botanical Foundation, said the St Martin Zoo was heavily damaged but no animals escaped or died. The storm is being compared to Hurricane Fabian in 2003, the most powerful storm to hit the territory in 50 years. [89][90] Including damage from Fay, about $2 million was spent on airport repairs, and the storms were later cited as evidence of the need for a newer terminal in a more protected location. Hurricane Gonzalo tore through Bermuda Friday night, downing trees and causing flooding and thousands of power outages. Hurricane and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 kilometers) and 150 miles (240 kilometers) from the center of circulation, respectively. Hurricane Gonzalo slams Bermuda with powerful winds, heavy rain, and high surf ... -- Two island paradises may be spared heavy damage this weekend, ... 2014 Atlantic Hurricane … [56] Elevated weather stations observed the highest winds; Commissioner's Point recorded 10-minute sustained winds of 109 mph (175 km/h), and St. David's measured gusts as high as 144 mph (232 km/h). [2] Reports of urban flooding and entrance of water into homes were common. "Gonzalo formed from a tropical wave on October 12, while located east of the Lesser Antilles, and made landfall on Antigua, Saint Martin, and Anguilla as a Category 1 hurricane, causing damage on those and nearby islands." Streets are flooded following hurricane Gonzola in Marigot on the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin on October 14, 2014. Catastrophe modelling firms estimated that Bermuda suffered at least $200 million in insured losses, and despite the heavy disruptions, no deaths or serious injuries were reported there. Subsequently, a concentric eyewall structure indicated an imminent eyewall replacement cycle, with the inner feature "about as small as it can get" according to the NHC. With Gonzalo striking the island only four days later, 2014 became the first season on record in which more than one hurricane struck Bermuda. [9][10] While moving northward early the next day, Gonzalo reached its peak intensity with winds of 145 mph (230 km/h) and a barometric pressure of 940 mbar (hPa; 27.76 inHg). The center of the strengthening hurricane was on track to pass northeast of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. [48][49], Heavy rain on Anguilla flooded the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport and portions of several districts, qualifying the government for a US$500,000 "excess rainfall" insurance payout. [42] The French side of the island incurred relatively little destruction, with scattered roof and window damage,[46] though Orient Beach "was a scene of complete devastation"; several businesses there suffered extensively. [107] In the Bavarian capital of Munich, the storm destroyed a large tin roof measuring over 80 m2 (860 sq ft), parts of which impacted cars and fences on the ground. A few days later, Gonzalo made landfall in Bermuda as a high-end category 2 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale), causing extensive damage Gonzalo’s landfall . Tens of thousands were without power and streets were impassable Saturday in Bermuda after Hurricane Gonzalo roared through the island, flattening trees and power lines. [99] The system halted transportation throughout the region, forcing the cancellation of more than a hundred flights at London Heathrow Airport, grounding ferries, and blocking roads and railways with debris. [111] Gusts in southern Switzerland reached 185 km/h (115 mph), leading to road and rail closures. It made landfall on Antigua, Saint Martin, and Anguilla as a Category 1 hurricane, causing damage on those and nearby islands. Hurricane Gonzalo was a powerful Atlantic tropical cyclone that wrought destruction in the Leeward Islands and Bermuda in October 2014. [30] Public beaches were closed as hurricane swells began to build, and the decision was made to shut down the Causeway early on October 17, based on forecasts of long-duration severe winds. Shortly thereafter, the storm passed directly over the island. Rail services and flight operations were disrupted throughout the region. BAMZ Opens Following Hurricane Gonzalo - Bernews.com : Bernews.com | October 20, 2014 10 Things That Did - Or Did Not - Hold Up - Bernews.com : Bernews.com | October 20, 2014 Gusty winds and bands of heavy rain in the southeastern Avalon Peninsula engendered minor flooding and power outages. 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