Fallen, broken tree in a park. Credit: RenegadeStudio

Storm batters parts of Western Europe

20 October 2014 06:00 UTC–22 October 06:00 UTC

Fallen, broken tree in a park. Credit: RenegadeStudio
Fallen, broken tree in a park. Credit: RenegadeStudio

An Atlantic storm, the remnants of Hurricane Gonzalo, brought high winds and heavy rain to parts of Europe, including the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands.

Last Updated

05 May 2023

Published on

20 October 2014

At least two people died in the UK after the first Atlantic storm of the autumn hit and gusts in excess of 113km/h were recorded in a number of places. The gale force winds and heavy rain also caused travel disruption, with some train and ferry services being cancelled.

In Ireland the maximum gust was 93km/h at Casement Aerodrome near Dublin and in the Netherlands gusts of more than 100km/h were recorded in Friesland.

Metop-A & B, 21 October 2014, 09:00 UTC
Figure 1: Metop-A & B ASCAT 12.5 km winds, 21 October 09:00 UTC
Met-10, 21 October 2014, 10:00 UTC
Figure 2: Meteosat-10 Airmass RGB, 21 October 10:00 UTC. Download RGB animation

The Airmass RGB animation shows the storm's progress as seen by Meteosat-10, each hour from 20 October 06:00 UTC to 22 October 06:00 UTC. The main cloud structure passes over Ireland and the UK during the early hours of 21 October, with the associated strong winds.

The ASCAT image shows the winds as seen by the Metop satellites. Yellow areas show average winds of about 70km/h (Gale Force 8), orange 80km/h (Strong Gale Force 9).

Additional content

Hurricane Gonzalo: Two dead as strong winds batter Britain (The Telegraph)
Storm causes localised flooding in Rotterdam but little damage (Dutch News)