Flights cancelled at UK’s Heathrow airport due to storm

LONDON (TIP): Air traffic in Britain was sent into a tizzy with UK’s largest airport cancelling over 100 flights due to stormy weather. The tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo, which caused damage in Bermuda this week, is set to arrive in Britain on Tuesday bringing gusts of up to 120 kilometres (75 miles) an hour in coastal areas. “There will be some cancellations, around 10 per cent of flights are affected at Heathrow,” a spokesman for the airport said.

“We do not know exactly how many passengers or flights that will have an impact on, although the cancellations are only expected for tomorrow.” British Airways said it had cancelled a number of flights and advised passengers to check their bookings online. Hurricane Gonzalo departed from Bermuda leaving power outages, downed trees, and damaged homes and buildings. NASA said recently that by October 20, posttropical storm Gonzalo was approaching the UK, sparking severe weather warnings.

Gonzalo is expected to affect Scotland on October 21 as an extra-tropical storm, packing heavy rains and gusty winds. The UK Meteorological Service issued a National Severe Weather Warning for the UK. “The remains of Hurricane Gonzalo are running across the Atlantic, reaching the UK on Monday night, bringing a period of strong winds to the UK.

The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards; some uncertainty remains in peak wind speeds but there remains the potential for disruption to travel, especially as the strongest winds coincide with the morning 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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