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UK battered by 100mph winds as Storm Arwen leaves three dead

Storm Arwen causes mass disruption across the UK

Storm Arwen caused disruption across the UK, resulting in power cuts and severe travel delays (Picture: Backgrid/PA/NNP/i-Images)

Britain felt the full force of Storm Arwen with gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battering parts of the country.

A dad-of-four was killed in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, as a tree was toppled by high winds and fell on his car last night.

Meanwhile another man died after a tree fell on him in Ambleside, the Lake District.

A third was killed when a tree fell on his car on the B977 in Aberdeenshire yesterday afternoon.

Buildings were left damaged across the country, with gusts hitting a high of 98mph in Brizlee Wood, Northumberland.

The storm was so concerning that the Met Office issued a rare red weather warning for coastal areas in the North East.

While that warning expired early this morning, amber and yellow warnings for wind remain in place across the country.

Storm Arwen’s first victim has since been named as headteacher Francis Lagan, who was thought to be in his 40s.

He is understood to have been travelling with his wife and children when the tree struck his vehicle.

The scene in Ambleside, Cumbria, where a man died after being struck by falling tree during Storm Arwen. The scene in Rothay Park where a man from Lancashire was killed after being hit by a falling tree.

The spot where a man lost his life after a tree was toppled by the storm in Ambleside, Cumbria (Picture: Stuart Walker/i-Images)

Fallen masonry from a property, which has damaged a nearby car, on Gloucester Avenue in Roker, Sunderland, after gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battered some areas of the UK during Storm Arwen.

A masonry was toppled and fell onto a car in Roker, Sunderland as gale force winds battered Britain (Picture: PA)

A lorry blown over in high winds blocks the A179 near Hartlepool, County Durham, after gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battered some areas of the UK during Storm Arwen.

A lorry blown over in high winds blocks the A179 near Hartlepool, County Durham (Picture: PA)

Image Licensed to i-Images Picture Agency. 27/11/2021. Ambleside, Cumbria, United Kingdom. Man dies after being struck by falling tree during Storm Arwen. The scene in Rothay Park where a man from Lancashire was killed after being hit by a falling tree. Storm Arwen battered the north of the UK with wind speeds up to 100mph. Picture by Stuart Walker / i-Images

Storm Arwen left three people dead last night, all from collapsed trees (Picture: Stuart Walker/ i-Images)

Storm Arwen blew into Manchester city centre on Friday night bringing rain, sleet and strong winds.

A woman braves last night’s grim weather as she walks through Manchester City Centre (Picture: Eamonn and James Clarke)

 A house stands with its roof missing in Seaton Sluice, North Tyneside with tiles scattered across the road and damage caused to parked vehicles as Storm Arwen wreaks havoc across the UK this weekend.

A house stands with its roof missing in Seaton Sluice, North Tyneside (Picture: North News and Pictures)

Paying tribute on Facebook, local sports club Watty Graham, An Gleann, said: ‘A great club man, coach, principal, colleague, mentor, friend but more importantly a fantastic son, brother, husband and daddy.

‘We as a club and community will stand strong with the Lagan family in the days, weeks and months ahead.’

The man killed by a falling tree in the Lake District, who was from Lancaster, is yet to be named.

Wind speeds reached 87mph in Orlock Head, County Down, 78mph in Inverbervie, north-east Scotland and 77mph in Aberporth, Wales.

Roads were closed by fallen debris in the worst-hit parts of Scotland, while LNER train services north of Newcastle were also ground to a halt, with high winds, heavy rain and snowfall arriving from Friday afternoon.

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

A fallen tree in Ambleside, Cumbria, United Kingdom after Storm Arwen hit the UK

The Met Office described last night’s storm as ‘horrendous’ and more weather warnings remain in place (Picture: Stuart Walker/i-Images)

A fallen Christmas Tree in St John's Square,Blackpool after Storm Arwen brought high winds and rain overnight causing disruption across the country.

A fallen Christmas tree in St John’s Square, Blackpool (Picture: Cheatley/Bav Media)

A man makes safe fallen masonry from a property, which has damaged a nearby car, on Gloucester Avenue in Roker, Sunderland, after gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battered some areas of the UK during Storm Arwen.

Buildings and vehicles were left damaged as the Atlantic storm swept the country (Picture: PA)

Crimden Dene Caravan Park in Hartlepool, County Durham is Evacuated as Storm Arwen takes its toll. Dozens of holiday homes trashed and flipped over from strong winds.

The Crimden Dene Caravan Park in Hartlepool was evacuated after Storm Arwen left it ‘in pieces’ (Picture: Terry Blackburn/Backgrid)

Storm Arwen blows a caravan into a garden in Dundee, Scotland.

Storm Arwen blows a caravan into a garden in Dundee, Scotland (Picture: Backgrid)

Last night’s rugby union Premiership game between 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’s live episode of I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here! amid concerns, including that poor weather would interfere with the broadcast around Gwrych Castle.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said it had been dealing with a ‘large’ number of incidents late on Friday ’caused by the current weather conditions including many fallen trees and roofs being blown off structures’.

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

The Met Office described the conditions as ‘horrendous’ and people also reported power cuts.

Storm Arwen hits Scotland causing severe damage Pic near Hatton of Fintray Aberdeenshire of a police van crushed by a large tree.The police officers were responding to another accident where a man died, the officers had luckily just left the van

A police van was crushed in its way to a fatal accident near Hatton of Fintray, Aberdeenshire, but fortunately the officers inside were able to escape (Picture: Newsline Media)

Police close off Heaton Road in Newcastle this afternoon (SAT) after debris falls from the rooftop of one of the buildings as Storm Arwen wreaks havoc across the UK this weekend.

Police close off Heaton Road in Newcastle after debris fell from a building’s rooftop (Picture: North News and Pictures)

A tree falls on a car in Wallasey Village, Wirral during Storm Arwen.

A tree falls onto a car in Wallasey Village, the Wirral (Picture: Backgrid)

A gigantic oak tree in West Parl outside the KCOM collapsed

The Met Office has urged people to stay indoors as much as possible while the storm wreaks havoc (Picture: REX/Shutterstock)

Northern Powergrid said severe gales had caused power cuts for more than 55,000 customers, mainly in the Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear areas.

Footage showed howling winds whipping up the North Sea in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, and snowfall elsewhere, including in Redcar, Yorkshire, and Whitley Bay, Northumberland.

North West Motorway Police said around 120 lorries were ‘stuck in the snow’ on the M62 at junctions 21 and 22 and urged motorists to avoid the area.

Tweeting pictures of the motorway blanketed in white, they said snow ploughs had been deployed.

A Met Office statement said: ‘People should stay away from the coast as waves and debris are a danger to life.’

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