Wednesday, January 19

Storm Arwen: two people dead in UK

Residents chainsaw fallen trees across a road during Storm Arwen on November 27, 2021 in Birkenhead, North West UK Paul ELLIS

Wind gusts to 160 km / h, heavy snowfall, debris on the tracks: the north of the United Kingdom was hit hard on Saturday by storm Arwen, which deprived tens of thousands of people of electricity and trained the death of two men.

The Met Office, the British meteorological agency, said to expect “very strong gusts” during the day on Saturday, after a night placed on red alert which saw “a large part of the United Kingdom” hit by gusts ” damaging “.

“These 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.

Two men died Friday evening due to fallen trees, one in northern Ireland in his car, the other in the north-west of England, police in charge of these areas said.

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 said on Saturday, who deployed a snow plow to try to resolve the situation.

The energy supplier Northern Powergrid estimates that violent gusts have deprived 55,000 of their 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 around 160 km / h, according to meteorological records.

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.

“But we have seen the worst and things will start to improve”, qualified Mr. Petagna, even if the meteorological agency always advises to move only when absolutely necessary, because it still plans ” fairly strong snow and gusts of wind. “

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