#HurricaneGonzalo: Winds up to 100mph lashing UK, woman killed

#HurricaneGonzalo: Winds up to 100mph lashing UK, woman killed
Wind speeds of up to 100mph are battering parts of the UK, as the tail end of Hurricane Gonzalo reaches British shores. Gusts and heavy rain have uprooted trees and caused flight cancellations, rail delays and road gridlocks.

The Met Office issued a ‘yellow’ weather warning on Tuesday, anticipating disruptive conditions will move eastward through the day. Many in Scotland and coastal areas saw gales coincide with their morning commute.

The strongest winds are expected to strike western Scotland, the north and east of Northern Ireland, north-west England and north Wales.

"The public should be aware of the potential for disruption to travel and possible damage to trees,"The Met Office said in a statement.

"Difficult driving conditions will result, perhaps exacerbated by surface water and spray in places."

At 11am on Tuesday, a London woman was killed by a falling tree opposite Hyde Park Barracks in Knightsbridge. A further three were injured by a falling tree in Southwick, West Sussex.

Heathrow Airport says 110 flights have been cancelled, although other national airports claim to be operating as usual.

"We do not know exactly how many passengers or flights that will have an impact on, although the cancellations are only expected for Tuesday," a Heathrow spokesman told Sky News.

Rail commuters may contend with delays on Tuesday evening, as wet conditions and fallen leaves and branches force operators to reduce speed.

Hurricane Gonzalo is seen over the Atlantic Ocean in this image taken from the International Space Station October 17, 2014. (Reuters / NASA / Alexander Gerst / Handout via Reuters)

British social media users reacted accordingly to the high winds.