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Weather warning for strong winds as the North West feels the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo

overed by a Met Office yellow weather warning on Tuesday 21 October 2014 Photo: Met Office

The Met Office has warned that the aftermath of Hurricane Gonzalo will hit the UK later today bringing with it gale force winds and heavy rain that will sweep across much of the country.

Gales of up to 60mph and heavy rain will move eastwards for around 24 hours, mainly affecting Northern England, Northern Ireland, North Wales, Southern and Eastern Scotland.

This image of Hurricane Gonzalo was taken from the International Space Station by European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst on Oct. 16, 2014 Credit: Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA

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.

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The Met Office says the public should be aware of the potential for significant disruption to travel and difficult driving conditions. This alert is likely to be updated in the coming days as confidence increases in the locations affected by strongest winds.

The forecast track of Ex-Hurricane Gonzalo issued at 10pm on Sunday 19 October 2014 Credit: US National Hurricane Centre

The US National Hurricane Center, based in Miami, Florida, issues forecasts every six hours updating the expected track of any tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic.

The current forecast track brings the remnants of Gonzalo towards the UK but there is a wide margin of error recorded on the chart indicated by the white line. The times on the chart are US Eastern Daily Time which is five hours behind UK time.

Once the hurricane moves across the cooler water of the North Atlantic it weakens and becomes a post-tropical cyclone - a typical Atlantic storm which regularly cross the Ocean to affect the British Isles during the autumn and winter.

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