Northumberland set to be lashed by tailend of Hurricane Gonzalo

Hurricane Gonzalo as seen from the International Space Station.
Hurricane Gonzalo as seen from the International Space Station.
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Northumberland is bracing itself for gales and heavy rain as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo are due to arrive tonight and into tomorrow morning.

The Met Office this morning issued a yellow weather warning, which is the least severe of the three levels, for many parts of the country, including Northumberland, with a particular focus on the coast.

It said: “The worst of the gales are expected to hit on Tuesday morning, with heavy rain throughout Monday night.

“Gales, and more locally severe gales, are expected to affect much of the country on Tuesday. While Monday night will see wet and windy conditions sweeping eastwards, the strongest winds are expected to occur after the rain clears and winds veer northwesterly through Tuesday morning. Gusts exceeding 55mph are likely inland, with 60 to 70mph gusts in some exposed coastal areas in the west and possibly to around 80mph around coasts in northern Scotland.

“The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and possible damage to trees. Difficult driving conditions will result, perhaps exacerbated by surface water and spray in places. This is an update of the warning first issued on Saturday, including adjustments to the areas at risk, and a slight increase to expected windspeeds, taking into account the latest information.”

The hurricane caused widespread damage and a power blackout in Bermuda on Saturday, with low pressure from the storm expected to move across the Atlantic and hit the UK in the next couple of days.