Storm Arwen: 2 dead as storm hits UK
The Met Office said Northumberland, in northern England, was hit with gusts overnight with gusts of 157 km/h and Devon in the south-west was also hit by winds of 92 mph. A rare red weather warning was issued on Friday after the Met Office described the conditions as “terrible.” The red warning expired on Saturday but the amber and yellow warnings remained in place and people in many areas were advised to travel only if “really necessary”.
The Met Office warned Britons to stay safe along the coastlines, particularly along the east coast of Scotland and the north-east coast of England while the Royal National Rescue Institute named Storm Arwen was their first winter storm of the year and said “severe weather can make our seas and coastlines particularly dangerous.”
Train networks across the UK have reported disruption due to Arwen, as ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a warehouse blew up on the line near Falkirk . TransPennine Express services between Newcastle and Edinburgh have also been cancelled.
Many people were left without power Friday night, as Northern Powergrid said high winds caused power cuts to more than 55,000 customers mainly in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear.
The Met Office said the storm will “continue to bring strong winds” over many parts of the country and that “cold air combined with strong winds will result in a very cold day right across the country.”
Snow is falling and settling on roads across southern England and the Midlands but the Met Office says the snow will ease and move south, as some areas experience a combination of rain, sleet and rain in some areas. snow.