, °F

INFOGRAPHIC: Gonzalo's Swath of Damage From Bermuda to Europe

By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
October 24, 2014, 7:32:40 AM EDT

Share this article:

On Friday and Friday night, Gonzalo passed directly over Bermuda as a Category 2 hurricane bringing wind gusts over 160 kph (100 mph) to the island.


Over the weekend, the one-time hurricane impacted Newfoundland, Canada, with strong winds and heavy rainfall.

The storm then battered Ireland and the United Kingdom with locally damaging winds and downpours Monday night and Tuesday.

Widespread wind gusts of 65 to 90 kph (40 to 55 mph) were reported across Ireland and the United Kingdom. Some of the hardest hit areas include Wick, the Channel Islands, Dublin, Tiree, Stornoway and Liverpool.

According to BBC News, a wind gust of 159 kph (99 mph) was reported on the Isle of Wight. Wind gusts peaked at 119 kph (74 mph) in Wick, 93 kph (58 mph) in Tiree and 87 kph (54 mph) in Liverpool.

At least one person has been killed and many more injured during the storm, due to trees falling on homes and automobiles.

During the height of the storm, around 600,000 homes were without power, many of which remained without power into Tuesday afternoon.

Rail service was severely impacted across the region due to the combination of high winds and more than 100 trees fallen across tracks.

The storm plunged south across central Europe Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night bringing locally damaging winds to parts of Netherlands, Belgium and Germany.

Coastal flooding was also a major problem from northwest Germany through the Netherlands as strong northwest winds brought hide tidal surge into these areas leading to flooded buildings and submerged automobiles.

VIDEO: Gonzalo's Powerful Winds Reverse Flow of Waterfall in UK
Flooding to Continue Across the Balkans Into Friday
RECAP: Gonzalo Blasts Bermuda and Newfoundland

As the storm moved farther south, the main threat shifted from damaging winds to flooding rainfall.

Rainfall from Tuesday night into Wednesday totaled 50-100 millimeters (2-4 inches) from southern Austria and western Hungary into Slovenia and northern Croatia. Flooding of homes and streets was reported in Slovenia, especially around the capital of Ljubljana where 137 millimeters (5.39 inches) of rain fell in under six hours.

While flooding was the biggest concern in the lower elevations, the first major snowstorm of the season hit the Alps, from eastern France into Switzerland and Austria. Accumulating snow fell as low as 1,000 meters (3,000 feet) with heavy snow and blizzard conditions in the higher elevations of the region. In these areas snow totaled a meter (3 feet) or more.

From Wednesday into Thursday heavy rain battered areas from southwest Romania into Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo where 25-50 millimeters (1-2 inches) was common. Localized amounts exceeded 100 millimeters (4 inches). These areas already experienced the worst flooding in 100 hundred years earlier this year.


The threat for flooding will continue across parts of the Balkan Peninsula into Friday, along with some snow in the higher elevations.

Report a Typo


Comments that don't add to the conversation may be automatically or manually removed by Facebook or AccuWeather. Profanity, personal attacks, and spam will not be tolerated.

More Weather News