United Kingdom: Storm Arwen brings high winds, rain and snow; At least two dead

Two men have been killed by falling trees as Storm Arwen lashed parts of the United Kingdom with high winds, rain and snow.

A head teacher died after a tree fell onto his car in Antrim and another man was hit by a falling tree in Cumbria. In Scotland, 80,000 people lost power.

Gusts reached speeds of 98mph in Northumberland, and about 120 lorries became stuck in snow near Rochdale.

There are further warnings for wind, snow and ice across the UK on Saturday.

A rare red warning for wind had been issued by the Met Office across the east coast of Scotland and North-East England, with the highest speeds of 98 mph.

Gusts overnight affected “a wide swathe of the United Kingdom”, the Met Office said, with buildings damaged and trees blown down.

The man who died when a falling tree hit his car in Northern Ireland was named locally as the principal of St Mary’s Primary School in Maghera, Francis Lagan.

Police in Cumbria said a man from Lancaster was killed after a tree fell on him in Ambleside on Friday evening.

About 80,000 homes in Scotland were left without power, according to Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks, while the UK Northern Power Grid also reported outages for 55,000 customers, mainly in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear. There were also some outages in Northern Ireland.

Warnings are in place for people to not travel in certain regions ‘under any circumstances’.

Train and ferry services have also been disrupted.

Temperatures were set to fall with the storm, with the Met Office warning the north-east of England, north-west of England, Yorkshire, West Midlands and the East Midlands would experience cold weather from Friday to Monday.

The UK Health Security Agency has issued a cold weather alert. The government body is advising people to check on older neighbours and relatives, especially those who live alone or have a serious illness.