At least 2 people have died during the first winter storm in the U.K.

27November 2021

Huge waves crash the against the sea wall and Roker Lighthouse after gusts of almost 100 miles per hour battered some areas of the country during Storm Arwen, in Sunderland, England, on Saturday.

Owen Humphreys/AP via AP

Owen Humphreys/AP via AP

LONDON — At least two people have died in the U.K. after the year’s first winter storm battered parts of the countries with gusts of nearly 100 mph (160 kph).

The storm, which was named Arwen by the country’s Met Office, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, causing road causing road closures, train delays, power cuts and high waves.

Cumbria Police, in northwest England said a man died after a tree fell on him just before 11 p.m. on Friday. In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree.

A man walks past a car lying under masonry that fell from a building during Storm Arwen, in Roker, Sunderland, England, on Saturday.

Owen Humphreys/PA via AP

Owen Humphreys/PA via AP

Though the worst of the storm appears to have passed, people have been advised to be wary of traveling on Saturday, as train networks reported disruption to services amid still-high winds and heavy snow.

“Storm Arwen has delivered some dangerously strong winds overnight, with gusts in excess of 90 mph recorded,” the Met Office’s chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said. “The strong winds will move south across the U.K. through the day, gradually weakening.”

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