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Second Person Killed As Storm Arwen Batters Much Of The UK

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Second Person Killed As Storm Arwen Batters Much Of The UK

A second person has been killed in the horrific weather and high winds that have been battering the country as Storm Arwen sweeps across the United Kingdom.

After a headteacher from Northern Ireland was killed when a tree fell on his car, a man from Lancashire has now died in Cumbria after another tree fell on top of him at around 11:00pm on Friday.

In a statement after the tragic incident – which took place near to Ambleside – Cumbria Police said: "Police were called to the scene at 11pm yesterday (November 26).

"Emergency services including Fire, Search and Rescue, Ambulance and Police attended the scene.

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"The man who was from Lancaster sadly died at the scene.

"Police and partner agencies are attending the scene as the tree remains dangerous and the public is asked to avoid the area until the tree has been made safe."

A felled tree in Teesside. Credit: Alamy
A felled tree in Teesside. Credit: Alamy

The storm has brought chaos to much of the UK, with 80,000 homes in Scotland being left without power through damage caused by the storm.

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Police Scotland have urged people not to travel ‘under any circumstances’ in areas that have been issued a red weather warning by the Met Office for gusts of wind that could get up to 90 miles per hour.

Mark Rough, the director of customer operations as Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, told BBC News: "Storm Arwen has brought some of the most severe and challenging weather we have experienced in recent years, resulting in significant disruption across the north of Scotland.

"Despite detailed preparations, the prolonged and severe nature of the weather front has hampered efforts to restore supplies, with the high winds expected to continue until the early hours of the morning.

"We therefore expect many customers to remain without power into tomorrow, particularly in the Aberdeenshire area."

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Credit: Alamy/Owen Humphreys
Credit: Alamy/Owen Humphreys

Elsewhere, 120 lorries became stuck on the motorway after the storm brought snow to the higher areas between junctions 21 and 22 of the M62 near Rochdale.

Weather warnings remain in place for the north east parts of Scotland and England, as well as the south west of England and Wales.

A yellow warning for wind, which means that travel is likely to be disrupted and damage could be caused, has been issued across much of the UK until 6:00pm this evening.

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Ferries between Northern Ireland and Scotland have also been cancelled on Friday, as both P&O Ferries and Stena Line were forced to halt scheduled services. 

Featured Image Credit: Alamy

Topics: UK News, Weather

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