WIGANERS are being urged to brace themselves as the remains of Hurricane Gonzalo arrives in Britain today bringing with it gale force winds and heavy rain that will sweep across much of the country.
A low level “yellow” weather warning has been issued by the forecaster for tomorrow (Tuesday) when the storm is predicted to cause the most disruption, particularly to travel.
Gales of up to 60mph and heavy rain will move eastwards for around 24 hours, mainly affecting Northern Ireland, Northern England, North Wales, Southern and Eastern Scotland.
The Met Office said: “The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo will run eastwards across the Atlantic, reaching the UK on Monday night, bringing a period of strong winds and heavy rain to the UK.
“The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards.
“Some uncertainty remains in the track and intensity, but there remains the potential for localised disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds will coincide with rush hour in places.
“Fallen leaves impeding drainage increases the risk of surface water affecting roads, while some damage to trees is possible, given that many are still in full leaf.”
Hurricane Gonzalo last week caused widespread damage and a power blackout when it hit Bermuda.
The Bermuda weather service had warned residents not to go outside when the storm’s calm eye moved in, but some ventured out any way to do quick damage assessments, noting that porches were destroyed and power lines were downed.
Royal Navy frigate HMS Argyll has arrived at the tiny British territory to assist in the relief effort if required
The vessel is equipped with a helicopter and a number of small boats to help with reconnaissance and transport, and is also able to assist with power generation, communication and water supplies, the Ministry of Defence said.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said: “Royal Navy personnel are trained to respond to situations such as this and HMS Argyll is well resourced and ready to provide assistance to the people of Bermuda.”
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