Following the destruction of Storm Arwen on Saturday night, electricity was cut off to more than 85,000 homes across the UK.

Yesterday saw gales exceedingly violent of almost 100 mph in Northumberland. One man was also killed in Northern Ireland when his car was hit by a fallen tree.

The Met Office’s unusual red weather warning was cancelled early today. However, the forecaster stated that the amber and yellow wind warnings remained in force, with gusts of up to 70 mph expected in some areas and floods along the North East coast.

Police urged people to travel only if absolutely necessary today after roads were closed by fallen debris in the worst-hit parts of Scotland. 

Even Storm Arwen-seers were asked by Coastguards to avoid the water this morning, and warned that a selfie would be a waste of time.

LNER train services north of Newcastle were ground to a halt by high winds, heavy rain and snowfall, while ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a barn was blown onto the line close to Polmont, near Falkirk.  

The Met Office has warned that the east Midlands, west Midlands, Yorkshire, and north-west England will be experiencing cold temperatures until Monday. The yellow warning will cover most of the UK up to 6pm. Amber warnings are still in effect for Scotland and England’s north-east coasts until Saturday at 9 AM.

Due to safety concerns, Friday’s Rugby Union Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Newcastle Falcons was moved to tonight.

ITV in North Wales had to pre-record the Friday evening’s I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! concerns about poor weather affecting the broadcast at Gwrych Castle. 

A lorry blown over in high winds blocks the A179 near Hartlepool, County Durham

High winds blew a lorry over, blocking the A179 in Hartlepool County Durham

A fallen tree blocks a road in the centre of Norton village in Teeside after gusts of almost 100mph

Following gusts close to 100mph, a tree fell onto a street in Norton village.

A cyclist braves the snow in Sheffield this morning as Storm Arwen batters the north of England

A Sheffield-based cyclist takes on the cold as Storm Arwen batters England.

Fallen masonry from a property, which has damaged a nearby car, on Gloucester Avenue in Roker, Sunderland

On Gloucester Avenue, Sunderland, fallen masonry has caused damage to a car nearby.

Storm Arwen has claimed her first victim after a driver died when a falling tree landed on his car while he was driving with his wife and two children in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Friday evening

Storm Arwen is now the first victim of a fallen tree that struck his vehicle while he was driving along with his family in Antrim (Northern Ireland) on Friday evening.

The Met Office warned the north-east of England, north-west of England, Yorkshire, the West Midlands and the East Midlands will experience cold weather until Monday

According to the Met Office, temperatures will drop until Monday in the North-East, West Midlands, Yorkshire and East Midlands.

While the Met Office's rare red weather warning expired early today, the forecaster warned that amber and yellow warnings for wind remained in place

While the Met Office's rare red weather warning expired early today, the forecaster warned that amber and yellow warnings for wind remained in place

Although the Met Office’s red-colored weather alert expired today, forecaster John McKinney warned that yellow and amber warnings about wind were still in effect

The Met Office is expecting gusts of 70mph in many areas today and flooding along the North East coastline

The Met Office is expecting gusts of 70mph in many areas today and flooding along the North East coastline

Met Office forecasts 70mph gusts in several areas, and floods along the North East coastline.

A fallen tree blocks a road in the centre of Norton village in Teeside after gusts of almost 100mph

Following gusts close to 100 mph, a tree fell on a street in Norton village.

heavy snow shower passes over Saltburn By The Sea as Storm Arwen sweeps across the country

As Storm Arwen sweeps across country, a heavy snowshower passes by Saltburn By The Sea.

Despite the bitter weather, revellers were seen heading into Leeds city centre for a night of partying

Despite the bitter weather, revellers were seen heading into Leeds city centre for a night of partying

In spite of the cold weather revellers were seen going into Leeds city center for a night on the town.

A Met Office red-weather warning is rare. What does it signify? 

Today’s red weather alert from the Met Office for Scotland was issued. 

Red wind alerts were last activated in the UK in March 2018 for South West England.

The Met Office has issued the 11th alert today since 2011 when its three-tier system was in use. 

You will also find yellow and amber warnings to alert you. 

According to the Met Office, a red alert means to take immediate action to protect yourself and others from weather-related hazards. It is possible for widespread damage to people and their lives, as well as travel disruptions and loss of power. 

Here are 11 warnings from the Met Office that have been issued to the public since the system was established seven years ago:

  • December 8th, 2011: Winds in central and south Scotland
  • January 3, 2012: Winds in central Scotland
  • July 7, 2012: Showers in Devon and Cornwall
  • February 18, 2013, Snowfall in South Wales
  • February 12, 2014: Winds in Wales and Northern England
  • December 5, 2015: Snow in Cumbria, the Borders and Storm Desmond
  • December 26, 2016: It rained in Lancashire and Yorkshire
  • February 29, 2016, Wind in Orkney, Shetland
  • February 28th, 2018: Snow in central Scotland
  • February 1, 2018, Wind and Snow in South West England
  • November 26th, 2021: Winds in Northeast England and Scotland (Storm Arwen). 

Orlock Head, County Down recorded winds speeds of 87 mph. Inverbervie in Scotland, which is on the east coast of Scotland, saw wind gusts of up to 78mph and Aberporth in Wales at speeds of 77mph.

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service stated that it was dealing with an ‘inordinate’ amount of incidents on Friday due to the weather conditions, which included many roofs falling off and trees being fallen.  

According to the Met Office, conditions were ‘horrendous’. People also experienced power outages. Northern Powergrid stated that severe gales caused more than 55,000 customers power outages, mostly in Northumberland and County Durham. 

The footage showed the howling wind whipping up North Sea, Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire. There was also snowfall elsewhere in Redcar and Yorkshire.

North West Motorway police stated that around 120 trucks were stuck in snow on M62 between junction 21 and 22. They urged motorists not to go there. The police posted photos showing the snow covered motorway and claimed that snowplows had been used.

According to the Met Office, “People need not go near beaches because debris and waves can pose a threat to their lives.”

These people are warned to stay away from harbour walls, cliffs, and even piers as fierce winds of 70mph whip up large waves.

HM Coastguard Cornwall & Isles of Scilly warned that just 15cm of water is enough to knock you off your feet and sweep you into the boiling cauldron – with little chance of being rescued. 

“There are many warnings about the coast of our coast, from the Met office over the next few days,” they stated.

Please be cautious when looking at waves. A photo of the waves is not worth your life. It takes only 15cm for water to sweep you off your feet. If it is choppy, keep away from the cliff edges and harbour walls. 

Met Office issued an unusual highest ‘danger of life’ warning about wind yesterday and today. Gales were forecast at up to 90 mph, waves could reach 32ft.

Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit’s Superintendent Simon Bradshaw said that drivers in the area “should not travel in any circumstance” and advised those who are in yellow or amber warning areas to ‘not venture out except for essential purposes’.

This red alert was issued along the East Coast from Middlesbrough through Aberdeen. It was the first maximal alert since Storm Dennis, February 2020.

Grahame Madge of the Met Office spoke on behalf of the Met Office and said that the meteorologist didn’t “issue red warnings lightly” and advised people to avoid the area.

Heavy snow and high winds affecting parts of Scotland yesterday as the Met Office issues a rare red weather warning

As the Met Office issue a rare warning of severe weather, heavy snow and gusts impacted parts Scotland yesterday

A heavy snow shower passes over Saltburn-By-The-Sea as Storm Arwen sweeps across parts of the country on Friday evening

A snowstorm sweeps through the country Friday night, bringing heavy snowshowers to Saltburn-By-The-Sea.

The first snowfall of winter 2021 this Northumberland yesterday as Storm Arwen hits the UK

This Northumberland storm Arwen brought the UK its first snowfall for winter 2021 yesterday.

The red warning covered areas including Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Edinburgh and Aberdeen

Red warnings were issued for areas such as Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Edinburgh.

He stated, “People must understand, realistically, that red warnings are not issued lightly and, therefore, when they do, we believe that there is an even greater risk of danger.”

“We ask people to immediately take action because of this and in this particular case, don’t head to the coast. 

UK Health Security Agency issues a cold warning and asks people to keep an eye on their elderly neighbors or family members. 

Will Land, Met Office head for civil contingencies, stated: “The UK will experience temperatures dropping to below average in coming days, because cold air is drawn into the north.

This will be combined with strong winds from Storm Arwen which makes it even more cold. The north region will experience temperatures as low as freezing overnight, and daytime highs of only the single digits. Strong winds, exceeding 65 mph, can exacerbate the freezing temperatures that we will be experiencing over the weekend. 

Ben Sheridan (AA patrol of year) says, “Storm Arwen” will bring heavy snowfall, especially in Scotland and the North East, as well as wind that will reduce visibility, especially at night.

Pictured: Motorists driver through a heavy snow shower in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

Pictured: Motorists driver through a heavy snow shower in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

Pictured: Waves crash against the pier wall in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, on Friday

Pictured: Waves crash against the pier wall in Tynemouth, North Tyneside, on Friday

“If you have to travel through the most affected areas of the country, be aware that the driving conditions may change and allow for plenty of room behind vehicles.

“Allow for extra time because there might be delays. Also, make sure that you have winter necessities such as waterproof layers, flashlights, shovels, torch and full-charged mobile phones.

Pay attention to debris, and when driving high-sided cars in strong winds, be sure to watch out.

The RNLI tweets: ‘With StormArwen designated as our first winter hurricane, we can expect severe winds and stormy weather over the next few days. The severe weather that could threaten our coasts and oceans makes it especially hazardous for those living near them.

The Met Office has issued an amber weather warning - meaning lives are in danger - for northeast Scotland and England as well as yellow weather warnings for Friday and Saturday. Forecasters warn snow is possible, 'almost anywhere away from the far-south'. Pictured, waves at Roker Lighthouse in Sunderland today

Met Office issues amber weather alerts, meaning people are at risk, for both northeast Scotland and England. There is also yellow warnings for Friday & Saturday. Forecasters predict snow may be possible, “almost anywhere from the far south”. Today’s waves from Sunderland’s Roker Lighthouse

Temperatures could plummet to as low as -4C in the Scottish Highlands overnight on Saturday into Sunday

On Saturday night, temperatures in the Scottish Highlands could fall to -4C overnight.

Temperatures will plummet this weekend with the 'feels like temperature' set to 0C and -2C in Scotland

The Met Office has warned the extreme wind could close bridges and roads as well as see tiles blown off buildings over the weekend. Pictured, a map of the wind direction

Met Office warns that extreme winds can cause damage to buildings and bridges, as well as closing roads. Below is a graphic showing where the wind will blow.

According to the charity, 150 people are killed in accidents around UK or Irish waters every year. More than half of those people don’t intend on entering water. 

“If someone is in danger, dial 999 to ask for Coastguard.  

The RAC advised motorists to be prepared for strong winds by slowing down when passing cyclists or high-sided vehicles. 

Simon Williams, a spokesperson for the company said that bridges could be shut down and trees might fall in extreme winds. Therefore it is important to give yourself extra time when traveling.

“With strong wind forecasts and colder weather, drivers need to take the opportunity to get their vehicle ready for winter. This includes checking their oil levels, making sure they have sufficient good quality screen washing that keeps them from getting sanded to well below 10C, properly inflating tires with adequate tread, and checking coolant levels.   

Experts are concerned that migrants trying to cross the Channel may face dangerous conditions similar to those faced by commercial fishermen. 

Labrokes predicts that next month’s December will be the coldest on record, with 2-for-1 bets. 

Alex Apati, Ladbrokes’s Chief Executive Officer said that “a White Christmas” will be costly if current odds are to be believed. With next month likely to surpass all records in terms of weather for the wrong reasons, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that the cost will go unaddressed.”