Many roads were impassable immediately following the hurricane, and in many cases, the damage done by Gonzalo was indistinguishable from that of Fay. [73] It was estimated that a Fabian equivalence in 2014 would cause about US$650 million in damage. 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. 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. 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. Susan Cuniff, who helps run the Liberty Inn hotel in front of Simpson Bay lagoon, said people were not prepared for a hurricane. The company replaced 228 utility poles, 80 transformers, and over four miles (6.5 km) of wire. [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. [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. Three people were missing at sea after the hurricane Gonzalo … [2][11] In particular, cloud tops around the hurricane warmed, and convection became less uniform, likely attributable to cooler waters and heightened wind shear. [74] Both the new and the old portions of King Edward VII Memorial Hospital received significant damage that exposed the facilities to the elements. [58][59] A composting facility received 1,200 truckloads of plant debris per day after Fay and Gonzalo, up from an average of 100. [17] By 18:00 UTC, Gonzalo had finally succumbed to the cold environment and intense wind shear, completing its transition into a strong extratropical cyclone about 460 mi (740 km) northeast of Cape Race, Newfoundland. 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. Bermuda suffered extensive powercuts after it was battered by Hurricane Gonzalo but it escaped the catastrophic damage and death toll that many had … 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. category 4 storms have sustained winds of at least 130mph with the potential to cause catastrophic damage. [56] As Gonzalo struck at low tide, the effects of storm surge were minimal. [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. October 19, 2014 [Updated with more photos] With Hurricane Gonzalo making its way northeast of Bermuda, the task of restoring the island is now underway, with various damage … [83] Some insurance companies decided to treat Fay and Gonzalo as a single event, allowing one deductible to count toward claims from both storms. 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. Forecasters said Gonzalo was following the same path as Fabian and was expected to cause similar damage. [2] Fourteen other missing individuals were returned alive. Officials said flights departing Bermuda on Thursday, Friday and Saturday were fully booked. [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. [2], From the evening of October 16 through the next morning, the hurricane experienced further internal fluctuations as it approached Bermuda from the south-southwest. ... Sun 19 Oct 2014 16.10 EDT. 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 The watch was upgraded to a warning the next day. [111] Gusts in southern Switzerland reached 185 km/h (115 mph), leading to road and rail closures. [29] Ahead of the storm, the Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll sailed from the Caribbean to provide Bermuda with emergency assistance. Along with Hurricane Fay, which struck Bermuda on October 12, this represented the first recorded instance of two hurricanes making landfall on the island within the same season. Forecasters said Gonzalo was following the same path as Fabian and was expected to cause similar damage. Gonzalo's remnants sped east-northeastward until a frontal boundary absorbed it on October 20, to the south-southwest of Iceland. The St. Maarten Zoo sustained heavy structural damage, though all resident animals survived unharmed. The center of the strengthening hurricane was on track to pass northeast of the U.S. and British Virgin Islands. Hurricane Gonzalo scored a direct hit on Bermuda Friday night into Saturday morning, pummeling the tiny island chain with rain and howling winds that … The sixth named storm and fifth hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season, Fay evolved from a broad weather disturbance several hundred miles northeast of the Lesser Antilles on October 10. Bermudians are clearing up the damage after a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo felled trees and downed power lines on the small Atlantic island. 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. 37 boats destroyed, but overall minor damage to infrastructure. [4] However, a tight inner core soon took shape, and Gonzalo began to quickly intensify throughout the day on October 12. [78] Sailors from the Argyll teamed up with Regiment soldiers upon the ship's arrival to continue relief work. [2] By that time, it was headed toward the northwest around the periphery of the aforementioned ridge. 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. [43] Winds on Saint Barthélemy blew 86 mph (138 km/h) sustained, with gusts to 126 mph (203 km/h). [33] Roads were blocked by uprooted trees, while numerous buildings, including several schools, received significant damage. The winds then reached the same speed as Hurricane Gonzalo, and caused damage … 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. Oct. 18, 2014, 1:00 PM UTC / Updated Oct. 18, 2014, 8:40 PM UTC. ... Sun 19 Oct 2014 16.10 EDT. The winds then reached the same speed as Hurricane Gonzalo, and caused damage … Hurricane Gonzalo originated in a tropical wave that emerged from the western coast of Africa on October 4 and trekked across the Atlantic. [46] Gonzalo impaired water and electricity services throughout Dutch Sint Marteen and inflicted significant damage to homes. Neighboring Austria and Switzerland also experienced gales and power outages. [19][33] Gonzalo caused an island-wide power outage,[19] and its storm surge damaged boats. October 19, 2014 [Updated with more photos] With Hurricane Gonzalo making its way northeast of Bermuda, the task of restoring the island is now underway, with various damage … Gonzalo tracked northwestward as it intensified into a major hurricane. [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. 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. Storm sweeps into Caribbean with greater force than expected, destroying boats and moving north-west while continuing to grow, Last modified on Tue 11 Sep 2018 09.29 EDT. [108] Throughout Germany, the storm wrought €60–100 million (US$80–130 million) in insured losses. NEW: Hurricane Gonzalo slams Bermuda with powerful winds, ... property damage, dangerous storm surge and major flooding. [20] Premier of Bermuda Michael Dunkley advised citizens to complete most preparations by the afternoon of October 16. A woman in Burgas died from drowning. 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. Floodwaters caused by estimated rainfall totals nearing 150 mm (6 in) inundated entire villages in southeastern Bulgaria, forcing hundreds to evacuate, and there were widespread disruptions of power and water services. Hurricane Gonzalo kills one in St Martin and grows to category 3 storm Storm sweeps into Caribbean with greater force than expected, destroying boats and moving north-west while continuing to … [5], On October 14, the eye contracted to a diameter of 17 mi (28 km) and improved its satellite presentation. [56] Many boats were washed ashore and damaged or wrecked by the storm,[57] and other vessels tipped over in boatyards. Photograph:/AFP/Getty Images. The roof at the Visitor Centre in St. George's was damaged and the White Horse Tavern lost its roof. 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. [25] Bus and ferry services were suspended on the evening of October 16. At the time, it was the strongest hurricane in the Atlantic since Igor in 2010. (Reuters) - Hurricane Gonzalo caused between $200 million and $400 million in insured losses over the weekend on Bermuda, according to an estimate by AIR Worldwide, a … The coast of the Netherlands endured high seas and gusts to 108 km/h (67 mph), uprooting trees and flooding the coastline. Three cruise ships were diverted from the island. The cyclone gradually weakened before crossing directly over central Bermuda at Category 2 strength around 00:30 UTC on October 18. [95] Winds gusted to 66 mph (106 km/h) at Cape Pine and 55 mph (89 km/h) at Cape Race. “It’s likely we’ve seen a spike in demand with word of the storm approaching,” he said. The system later played a role in triggering torrential rains over the Balkans, which resulted in severe flooding in Greece and Bulgaria. Hurricane Gonzalo grew into a major category 3 storm Tuesday and is expected to strengthen further as it heads toward Bermuda after killing a man in the Dutch Caribbean territory of St Martin, authorities said. [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. The initial onset brought strengthening tropical storm force easterly winds during Friday morning. ... 2014 Atlantic Hurricane Season facts. Six people died from Hurricane Gonzalo in 2014… [68] Other utilities, such as television and Internet services, also suffered, and technicians handled individual outages deep into the month of November. The remnants of Gonzalo also pounded the British Islands with winds exceeding 70 mph causing the death of at least one person. It was unclear where exactly the people reportedly went missing or how many boats were involved. [60] Damage from the storms totaled around US$260,000 on Bermuda National Trust properties, which include nature preserves and cemeteries. Bermuda sustained a direct hit of a category 3 hurricane (100g130kt) on Friday 17th, weakening to a strong category 2 (95g125kt) during Gonzalo’s passage into the morning of Saturday 18th. Shortly thereafter, the storm passed directly over the island. The storm had top sustained winds of nearly 115mph and was centered about 770 miles south of Bermuda on Tuesday afternoon, said the US National Hurricane Center in Miami. 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Bermudians are clearing up after a direct hit from Hurricane Gonzalo downed power lines and damaged buildings on the tiny Atlantic territory. 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 … [19] Debris and flooding forced V. C. Bird International Airport to delay its return to operation after closing as a precaution. Six people died from Hurricane Gonzalo in … The storm is being compared to Hurricane Fabian in 2003, the most powerful storm to hit the territory in 50 years. “It was a big storm, much bigger than people predicted, and a lot of bad things happened,” she said in a phone interview. Oct. 18, 2014, 1:00 PM UTC / Updated Oct. 18, 2014, 8:40 PM UTC. Bermuda was "bruised" but came out of … [34] Numerous homes sustained damage, largely to their roofs, with the Saint George Parish suffering the greatest losses. Hurricane Gonzalo is forecast to make a direct hit or close approach to Bermuda sometime on Friday, most likely as a Category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale. Police chief Peter de Witte said no one was reported missing in St Martin. 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. The last major hurricane to cross land in the Atlantic Basin was Hurricane … [35] Farming communities and a variety of crops were severely impacted,[33] which sparked concerns of imminent produce shortages. [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). Model guidance is in close agreement on this scenario. Despite an attendant expanse of clouds and thunderstorms, hostile winds from an upper-level trough hindered cyclogenesis. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were 110 mph according to … [23] One school functioned as a storm shelter,[24] and 66 people ultimately sought refuge there. With Gonzalo striking the island only four days later, 2014 became the first season on record in which more than one hurricane struck Bermuda. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said Gonzalo weakened as it moved away from Bermuda on a track that would take it past Newfoundland and then across the Atlantic to … Hurricane Gonzalo was a powerful Atlantic tropical cyclone that wrought destruction in the Leeward Islands and Bermuda in October 2014. A picture shows boats washed up on the beach in the aftermath of the hurricane Gonzola on Marigot on the French Caribbean island of Saint Martin. Hurricane Gonzalo tore through Bermuda Friday night, downing trees and causing flooding and thousands of power outages. [28] On the morning of October 16, BELCO switched its focus from Fay to Gonzalo, leaving around 1,500 households without power; the remaining affected customers were asked to refrain from calling to report outages. [21] Banks and businesses began closing that day,[22] while schools and government offices were closed by October 17. A woman died in a traffic accident, attributed to wet road conditions, along the Bundesstraße 303 in the Bayreuth district. [56] A restaurant at the site of the Gibbs Hill Lighthouse was severely damaged, requiring a complete roof replacement. [112] In southern France, the system initiated a mistral wind event. [70][71][72] Older structures were particularly prone to substantial damage,[2] as were commercial storage buildings subject to less strict building codes. [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. 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