Storm Arwen: Amber wind warning for parts of UKon November 26, 2021 at 9:55 am

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The alert – meaning damage and travel disruption may be expected – comes in from 15:00 GMT.

Waves in Tynemouth

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Parts of the UK are expected to be battered by heavy winds when Storm Arwen arrives later.

The Met Office has issued a warning of winds of 65 to 75mph – particularly in coastal areas – from 15:00 GMT, which is likely to cause travel disruption.

Flying debris is “likely” and there is a “good chance power cuts may occur”, a spokesman said.

The amber warning, covering parts of north-east England and Scotland, runs to 09:00 on Saturday.

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Image source, Met Office

A number of outdoor events, including the Whitby Christmas Festival and the outdoor elements of Hartlepool’s Wintertide Festival, have been cancelled.

The Met Office said: “Gusts of 65 to 75mph are expected in coastal areas with gusts in excess of 75mph in a places.”

BBC meteorologist Carol Kirkwood warned the storm, which is moving south, could bring cold, severe gales and spells of rain, sleet and snow with temperatures feeling like -3C on Saturday.

Storm Arwen is the first named storm of the year.

An amber wind warning means:

  • Flying debris is likely and could lead to injuries or danger to life.
  • Probable damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as tiles blown from roofs.
  • Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected.
  • Some roads and bridges are likely to close.
  • There is a good chance power cuts may occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
  • Injuries and danger to life are likely from large waves and beach material being thrown on to coastal roads, seafronts and properties.

There is also a yellow warning – one down from an amber, meaning some disruption is likely – for Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England.

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