Gonzalo set to batter Bermuda

‘Batter’ oh I do love a tabloid headline, just didn’t expect that from the Met Office

Official blog of the Met Office news team

The Atlantic hurricane season as a whole in 2014 has been fairly quiet, but the last week has seen two hurricanes develop. Fay briefly reached hurricane status and brushed passed Bermuda. However, this was just a foretaste of what is to come.

Tropical Storm Gonzalo formed just east of the Caribbean on Monday and passed over several islands such as Antigua, Anguilla and St. Martin bringing a period of strong winds and rain. However, it was after moving away from the Caribbean that Gonzalo rapidly strengthened into the strongest hurricane seen in the Atlantic since Hurricane Igor in 2010. At its peak, it was a category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of 145 mph. Since then there have been small fluctuations in intensity, but Gonzalo has maintained its status as a major hurricane.

The last major hurricane to impact Bermuda was Fabian in 2003 which produced sustained winds of 120…

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