Hurricane Gonzalo causes severe travel disruption as Heathrow cancels 10% of flights

Heathrow airport had to cancel 10% of its flights with the 20 biggest carriers because of Hurricane Gonzalo that hit the UK yesterday.

The hurricane left thousands of passengers facing travel disruption.

High winds caused a tree to fall opposite Knightsbridge Barracks leaving a pedestrian in a “critical condition”, according to the BBC.

High winds also blew a tree onto a car on Southwark Street. The London Fire Brigade that there were no injuries reported.

The Met Office has issued a low level “yellow” weather warning as heavy rains and high wind take over London.

Sean Penston, a forecaster with MeteoGroup, said: “The area of rainy, windy weather will move eastwards, varying in intensity across the UK, with the strongest gusts on the coasts. We can expect gusts up to 65mph in the north west in the morning and up to 50mph in central and eastern parts of England in the afternoon.”

A Met Office spokesperson said: “The strongest winds are expected on Tuesday as the low pressure clears eastwards. 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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