LONDON – At least two people have died in Britain after the first winter storm of the year that hit parts of the country at speeds of up to 160 kilometers per hour.
The storm, which was named Arwen by the country’s Met Office, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, causing road closures, train delays, power cuts and high waves.
Cumbria Police in northwest England said a man was killed when a tree fell just before 11 p.m. on Friday. In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car fell from a tree.
Although the worst of the storm has passed, people have been advised to be cautious about traveling on Saturday, as the train network still reported disruptions in services amid strong winds and heavy snow.
“Hurricane Arwen has delivered some dangerous strong winds throughout the night, with gusts of over 90 mph,” said Steve Ramsdale, the Met Office’s chief meteorologist. “Strong winds will blow south across the UK throughout the day, weakening gradually.”