Weather: Red warning issued as storm Arwen brings 90mph winds
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Motorists in areas which fall under the Met Office’s red weather warning have been told they “should not travel under any circumstances” by a senior police officer. The Met Office has issued the rare warning for wind from 3pm on Friday to 2am on Saturday as Storm Arwen is set to batter the country, with gusts forecast to be as high as 90mph and waves as high as 10 metres. BBC Weather’s Darren Bett said: “The Met Office have now issues a red weather warning for eastern parts of the UK. Gusts of 90mph developing that’s going to bring some power, travel disruption and a danger to life as well.
“These coastal areas to the east of Scotland into the northeast of England. Please stay away from these areas if you can.
“There will be some very large and dangerous waves.
“It’s on the back edge of Storm Arwen that we see those wind strengthening in the north and then pushing southwards across the country.
“We’ve also got these amber warnings wildly across eastern Scotland, northeast England and in northern and western parts of Wales and the far south of England.
“We’re also got this rain and snow wrapped around the storm. Some blizzards for a time in Scotland and some snow pushing on to the Pennines into the Midlands although down into the Cotswolds.
“The main story though is the strength of that damaging wind. It will be very windy at least through much of Saturday.
“Strongest winds around those coastal areas.”
Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit, said motorists in the area “should not travel under any circumstances” and added those in amber and yellow warning zones should “not journey out unless for essential purposes and if you are doing so, to be mindful of the challenging conditions you will face”.
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The red warning stretches along the east coast from Middlesbrough to beyond Aberdeen and is the first maximum alert to be issued since Storm Dennis in February 2020.
Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, said the forecaster didn’t “issue red warnings lightly” and warned people to stay away from the affected area.
“People need to recognise, really, that we don’t issue red warnings lightly so, therefore, when we do, we feel that there is a much higher threat of risk,” he said.
“We urge people, obviously, to take action as a result of that and that action in this case is probably don’t go to the coast.
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The warning, which is the highest the Met Office issues, means the impact is likely to be severe with the potential for damage to buildings and homes, with roofs blown off and power lines brought down.
The alert also warns people in the zone of the potential of “roads, bridges, and railway lines closed, with delays and cancellations to bus, train, ferry services and flights”, and Rod Dennis, of RAC Breakdown, warned of the chance of major disruption and urged motorists to “avoid driving if at all possible”.
“Red warnings from the Met Office are relatively rare and are the strongest possible signal to drivers not to set out in the first place unless absolutely necessary,” he said.
Most of the UK is blanketed by weather warnings as the storm approaches, with those set to be in force on Saturday.
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