Gusts of almost 100mph as UK is battered by Storm Arwen

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Britain felt the full force of Hurricane Arwen with gusts of about 100 mph in some areas.

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One person died, buildings were damaged and trees were blown up in “damaging” winds.

The Met Office said the speed was 98mph in Brizzley Wood, Northumberland.


While the red weather warning ended in the early hours of Saturday, the forecaster said amber and yellow warnings for wind remained in place with “some very strong gusts” expected in many areas.

People were still advised to travel only if necessary, and the Met Office described the overnight gusts as “damaging” and affecting “a wide area of ​​the United Kingdom”.

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One person was killed when a car crashed into County Antrim in Northern Ireland on Friday.

Wind speeds reached 87mph in Orlock Head, County Down.

Inverbury, off the north-east coast of Scotland, saw gusts of 78 mph, while Aberporth in Wales saw gusts of 77 mph.

Roads were closed due to debris falling in the worst-hit parts of Scotland, while LNER train services north of Newcastle were also halted, with strong winds, heavy rain and snowfall since Friday afternoon.

The Met Office has warned of cold weather in the north-east of England, the West Midlands of Yorkshire and the East Midlands in the north-west of England until Monday.

Amber weather warnings remain in place for the north-east coasts of England and Scotland and the south-west coasts of England and Wales until about 9 a.m. Saturday, while the yellow warning covers most of the UK until 6 p.m.

Friday night’s rugby union premiership game between the Newcastle Falcons and Worcester Warriors was postponed until Saturday evening due to safety concerns.

And in North Wales, ITV was forced to pre-record Friday Night Live episodes of I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! Amid concerns, which included inclement weather, the surroundings of Gwrych Castle would interfere with broadcasts.

The Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it was dealing with “major” incidents late Friday, with “current weather conditions causing several fallen trees and blown up roof structures”.

Meanwhile services to Scotland between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling were disrupted after a barn on the line near Polmont near Falkirk was blown up.

The Met Office described the conditions as “terrible” and people also reported power cuts.

Footage showed strong winds blowing in the North Sea in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, and snowfall in Redcar, Yorkshire and Whitley Bay, Northumberland, among other places.

A Meteorological Department statement said: “People should stay away from the coast as the waves and debris are life-threatening.”


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