Saturday, 27 Nov 2021

Chaos as ‘life threatening’ Storm Arwen set to unleash 75mph winds and snow

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People across the UK are being told to stock up the food and stay indoors this weekend as a 'life-threatening' wave of wind and snow looks set to unleash chaos.

The Met Office has said that debris could be sent flying into the air today as Storm Arwen rips across the country, causing potential danger to life.

Public transport disruption, fallen trees, damage to buildings, high waves and power cuts are also said to be 'likely', and the storms are expected to continue into weekend.

An amber wind warning has been issued for the northeast of England and Scotland, which are expected to bear the brunt of the storm, for 15:00 on Friday to 09:00 on Saturday.

In addition, a a Level 2 cold weather alert is in force for Scotland, Northern Ireland and the west of England and Wales, with the southeast of England expected to be slightly warmer than all other regions.

Met Office Principal Meteorologist Dan Suri said, “Storm Arwen is associated with a deep low pressure system that will impact the northeast in particular from Friday, but will also bring wider impacts to the UK with high winds, rain and some snow probable over the high ground.

“Storm Arwen’s impacts are mainly associated with high winds as the storm sinks southwards and will widely bring gusts of up to 65mph in coastal areas, although slightly stronger in the northeast, with in excess of 75mph possible in exposed locations.”

Vulnerable people are also being warned by the national forecaster to stock up on food and medicines, so they do not have to venture out into the icy weather.

They have advised that older people, those with underlying health conditions, and young children may be affected by a "prolonged" period of cold weather.

They added that those who are able to could ask friends, family or neighbours if they need any support.

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