Met Office warns of 75 mph winds

What to expect from Storm Arwen

  1. Flying debris is likely and could result in personal injury or death
  2. Probable damage to trees, temporary structures and buildings, such as blown roof tiles
  3. Longer journey times and cancellations likely, as road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected
  4. Some roads and bridges may close
  5. There is a good chance that power outages will occur, with the potential to affect other services, such as mobile phone coverage.
  6. Injuries and hazards to life are likely due to large waves and beach material thrown onto coastal roads, waterfronts and properties

Deep low pressure system bringing stormy weather

Stephen Dixon, a spokesperson for the Met Office, said: “Storm Arwen was named at the back of a deep low pressure system moving towards the north-east of the UK, which triggered our warning of amber wind on Friday.

“The areas most affected will be mainly the coasts, with gusts of over 75 mph that can disrupt travel and longer travel times, power cuts, flying debris and big waves with thrown beach material.

“There is also a yellow wind warning in place along the UK west coast from 9am Friday, stretching from Scotland to Northern Ireland and Wales and to the south-west of England.

“This reflects the impact Storm Arwen will have, with strong winds likely to occur on Saturday, when the warning is extended to most parts of the UK.

“The south-east and London, although quite windy, are expected to escape the worst gusts and remain relatively calm compared to the rest of the country, which will certainly feel the impact of the storm.”

He said Storm Arwen was coming in from the North Sea and would start moving south before easing on Sunday.

The Met Office names the storms because of their potential impact, with Storm Arwen being declared following the amber wind warning.


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