At Least Two Killed in UK as Storm Arwen Pounds Parts of Country
08:21 GMT 27.11.2021 (Updated: 11:34 GMT 27.11.2021)
Earlier on Saturday, the Met Office said that winds had reached almost 100 miles per hour in some parts of northeastern England as a result of the devastating cold snap.
Falling trees killed two people in Northern Ireland and in the aftermath of Storm Arwen, which pounded parts of the UK with strong winds, rain, and snow, causing traffic chaos.
The red "danger to life" weather warning expired in the early hours of Saturday, but Britons are still advised to only travel if absolutely necessary, with the Met Office describing wind gusts as "damaging" and affecting "a wide swathe of the United Kingdom".
The northeastern coasts of England and Scotland, as well as the southwestern coasts of Wales are under amber weather warnings until around 9 a.m. on Saturday, while a yellow warning covers most of the UK until 6 p.m..
Forecasters told people to brace for further damage to trees and buildings, public transport cancellations, as well as road and bridge closures, power cuts, and large waves. A Met Office statement warned that people "should stay away from the coast as waves and debris are a danger to life".
The Independent cited Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon as saying that "the worst-affected areas will predominantly be on the coasts, with gusts of over 75 mph bringing possible disruption to travel and longer journey times".
"The south-east and London, though fairly windy, are likely to escape the worst of the gusts and remain relatively calm in comparison to the rest of the country, which will certainly feel the impact of the storm", Dixon stated.
He suggested that Storm Arwen, which moved in from the North Sea, will start to travel south before easing on Sunday.
According to the spokesman, the storm comes "on the back of a fall in temperature, with parts of rural Scotland and England to drop below freezing during the night".
Scottish Transport Minister Graeme Day, for his part, called on travellers to take the weather into consideration, adding, "the whole country is going to see blustery conditions, but the Met Office is telling us that eastern parts of Scotland in particular are going to see some difficult weather".
About 25,000 homes in Scotland have, meanwhile, been left without power as a result of Storm Arwen, with UK Northern Power Grid reporting outages in northeastern England and Northern Ireland.