UK Travel Warning: Chaos expected as storm Arwen to hit

Published on : Friday, November 26, 2021

The forecasters have warned of travel chaos as the first winter storm is set to batter parts of the UK with 75-80 mph winds.

The Met Office has issued an amber wind warning for parts of north-east England and Scotland from Friday afternoon until Saturday morning as a result of Storm Arwen.

The forecaster warned that flying debris leading to injuries or danger to life is “likely”, with people also told to expect damage to trees and buildings, public transport cancellations, road and bridge closures, power cuts and large waves.

Graeme Day, the Scottish transport minister, urged people travelling to take the weather into account, and said that the whole country is going to see blustery conditions, but the Met Office is telling us that eastern parts of Scotland in particular are going to see some difficult weather.

The yellow wind warnings are also in place across most western parts of the United Kingdom on Friday, extending to the rest of the country on Saturday.

Gusts are expected to reach 55mph to 65mph in parts of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales, south-west England and north-east England, with the highest to be seen in coastal areas.

Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesman, said that the worst-affected areas will predominantly be on the coasts, with gusts of over 75mph bringing possible disruption to travel and longer journey times, power cuts, flying debris and large waves, with beach material being thrown around.

There is also a yellow warning of wind in place along the west coast of the United Kingdom from 9am on Friday, stretching from Scotland, through Northern Ireland and Wales and as far as south-west England.

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

He said Storm Arwen is moving in from the North Sea and will begin to travel south before easing on Sunday. The Met Office names storms on the back of their potential impact, with Storm Arwen declared as the result of the amber wind warning.

Mr Dixon added that as Arwen causes disruption there will also be the chance of snow in the coming days, especially in the higher regions of Scotland and northern England.

There may also be some snow in the lower ground region of northern England, though this is likely to be short-lived and fall in the form of sleet or wintry rain.

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