Monday, 17 January, 2022

Storm Arwen: Two men die as gale-force winds hit UK

Storm Arwen: Two men die as gale-force winds hit UK

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Two men have been killed by falling trees as Storm Arwen lashed parts of the UK with high winds, rain and snow.

A head teacher died after a tree fell onto his car in Antrim and another man was hit by a falling tree in Cumbria. In Scotland, more than 100,000 people lost power.

Gusts reached speeds of 98mph in Northumberland, and about 120 lorries became stuck in snow on the M62.

There are further warnings for wind, snow and ice across the UK on Saturday.

A rare red warning for wind had been issued by the Met Office on Friday across the east coast of Scotland and north-east England, with the highest speeds of 98mph recorded at Brizlee Wood in Northumberland.

Gusts overnight affected "a wide swathe of the United Kingdom", the Met Office said, with buildings damaged and trees blown down.

Gusts of 87mph were recorded at Orlock Head, County Down, while Inverbervie on the north-east coast of Scotland saw speeds of 78mph, and Aberporth in Wales had gusts of up to 77mph.

The man who died when a falling tree hit his car in Northern Ireland was named as the principal of St Mary's Primary School in Maghera, Francis Lagan.

Police in Cumbria said a man from Lancaster was killed after a tree fell on him in Ambleside on Friday evening.

LNER advised customers not to travel until Monday - with weekend tickets valid until Wednesday - as it stopped trains running beyond Newcastle on Friday evening.

ScotRail also withdrew services between Aberdeen, Perth and Inverness on Friday and there was disruption on other lines.