Wind gusts to 160 km / h, heavy snowfall, debris on the tracks: the north of the United Kingdom is hit hard this Saturday by storm Arwen.
The Met Office, the UK meteorological agency, said it expected “very strong gusts” for the day this Saturday, after a night placed on red alert that saw “much of the UK” hit by “damaging” winds. Many videos posted on social media show howling winds and raging seas across the country. “People should stay away from the coast because the waves pose a danger to their lives,” the Met office warned on Saturday.
Two men died Friday night from fallen trees, one in northern Ireland in his car, the other in north-west England.
Trucks stuck in the snow
The “strong gales caused a lot of disturbance, from the south-west of England to the north of Scotland,” said Marco Petagna, forecaster at the Met Office, who has now lowered the alert level in orange or yellow depending on the region.
In Scotland, several rail lines were cut between Edinburgh, Glasgow and other major cities, after a windswept barn landed on the tracks. Many Scottish roads are also closed due to debris on the tracks.
About 120 trucks have been surprised by the weather and are now “stuck in the snow” on a motorway in northern England. Traffic police deployed a snow plow to try to resolve the situation.
Tens of thousands of people without electricity
The energy supplier Northern Powergrid estimates that violent gusts have deprived 55,000 of its customers of electricity in the north of England and in particular in the county of Northumberland, where the town of Brizlee Wood suffered winds at nearly 160 km / h, according to meteorological records.
“We have seen the worst and things will start to improve”, reassured Marco Petagna this Saturday, even if the Met Office always advises to move only in case of absolute necessity, because it still plans “to snow and fairly strong gusts of wind “.