Met Office Issues Red Warning For UK As Storm Arwen Approaches
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The Met Office is warning that parts of the UK are to be battered by winds of up to 100mph when Storm Arwen hits this evening.
A red warning - the highest level - has been issued, indicating a potential risk to life as gale force winds and ‘exceptionally’ high waves are expected to batter the coast in the north east of the country.
The notice runs from 15:00 to 02:00 GMT on Saturday and runs from Aberdeen in the north to Newcastle, with people warned to delay travel plans and ‘take action immediately to keep themselves and others safe’.
The Met Office said: “The spell of exceptionally strong northerly winds will affect eastern coastal districts of Scotland from later this afternoon moving south into south-east Scotland and north-east England this evening.
A spokesperson added: “We are talking about wave heights that really are exceptional. I've heard of nine to 10m waves out at sea, which is particularly noteworthy.”
The RNLI has warned people to be extremely careful if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers and rail passengers are being advised to defer their travel plans if possible by London North Eastern Railway, which has imposed speed restrictions as well as cancelling a number of services.
There is also an amber warning in place for other parts of Scotland and north-east England, as well as a yellow warning for Northern Ireland, Wales and south-west England, with Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service urging residents to secure loose items outdoors.
The Met Office said that temperatures would also plummet to below average over the weekend.
Head of civil contingencies, Will Lang, said: "Areas in the north will see temperatures below freezing overnight, with daytime maximum temperatures only getting into the low single figures.
“It's important to note that strong wind speeds ... will exacerbate the cold temperatures we'll be seeing over the weekend.”
The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said: “Drivers in those parts of the UK covered by amber weather warnings should also consider postponing their planned trips until the storm passes.
“As well as making driving much more challenging, strong winds cause an increased risk of trees and power lines falling - add snow into the equation and the risks increase significantly.”
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