Strong storm in UK leaves two dead and city in red alert

At least two people have died in the last few hours in the UK from the Arwen storm, which raged with blizzards and high winds, leaving tens of thousands of people without electricity.

The British weather agency, which put much of the country on red alert on Friday night due to the wind, warned that the “strong gusts” could continue through Saturday.

The country is currently on orange or yellow alert, depending on the regions, but weather services advise people to move only in case of need.

In Northern Ireland, a man died on Friday when a tree fell on his vehicle, police said. And in northwest England, another lost his life when a tree fell on him.

In Scotland, several train lines were interrupted between Edinburgh, Glasgow and other cities due to strong winds. Several roads also remain closed due to rubble. About 120 trucks were “stuck by snow” on a highway in northern England, police announced Saturday.

Northern Powergrid electricity company estimates that strong winds have deprived some 55,000 customers of electricity in the north of England, especially in Northumberland county.

The meteorological services asked the population to stay away from the coast because “the strong waves put their lives at risk”.

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