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Storm Arwen - latest: Three men killed by falling trees as UK hit by heavy snow and 98mph winds

Storm Arwen batters UK with snow and high winds

Three men have been killed by falling trees in the UK as Storm Arwen brought “damaging gusts” of winds to parts of the country yesterday.

A man from Lancaster was pronounced dead at the scene after a tree fell on him last night in Ambleside.

Two others died, in Antrim and Abderdeenshire, by trees falling on to their cars.

The Met Office said today that the rare red warning for Storm Arwen has expired. Amber and yellow warnings for wind remain in place.

It comes after gusts of up to 98mph were recorded in Brizlee Wood, Northumberland last night.

Met officials also said gusts of 87mph were recorded in Orlock Head, Down in Northern Ireland and 78mph in Inverbervie, Kincardineshire, in Scotland.

People are still being urged to stay indoors and avoid driving where possible.

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Man killed by falling tree in Aberdeenshire

A man was killed in Aberdeenshire during Storm Arwen, police have confirmed.

The 35-year-old was driving a Nissan Navara pick-up truck on the B977 between Dyce and Hatton of Fintray when it was struck by a falling tree at about 5.45pm on Friday.

Two other men, in Lancashire and Antrim, Northern Ireland, were earlier today announced to have been killed by falling trees in the storm.

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Pictures: People spotted skiing on snow covered gold course in Scotland

People are seen skiing on a snow covered golf course on November 27, 2021 in Carrbidge, United Kingdom.

A man is seen skiing with his dog in Carrbidge.

Children are seen sledging on a snow covered golf course.

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Storm Arwen triggers major travel disruption across Britain

People across the UK have been faced with travel disruption as Storm Arwen led to the closure of roads and rail routes.

The Met Office had issued weather warnings overnight and in the early hours of Saturday, with parts of the country seeing 100mph gales and snow.

National Rail has a warning on its website saying “severe weather” has affected rail routes in England, Scotland and Wales, urging customers to “check” services before travelling.

CrossCountry trains said the line between Newcastle and Edinburgh is closed all day, while other lines have been affected by trees and debris on the tracks.

Grand Central, London North Eastern Railway, Lumo, Northern and TransPennine Express services all advised passengers “not to travel” across the north-east of England on Saturday.

Great Western Railway said lines in Wales have been “blocked”, while many Transport for Wales rail services have been suspended.

All Avanti West Coast services north of Carlisle were cancelled on Saturday, with customers “strongly advised” not to attempt to travel on the route. Other services are running but may be subject to delays of 120 minutes.

ScotRail services were disrupted between Edinburgh and Glasgow Queen Street, Dunblane and Stirling after a barn was blown on to the line close to Polmont, near Falkirk.

East Midlands Railway, Northern Rail, South Western Railway, Merseyrail services also had delays and cancellations, with some being affected by a number of trees on the network.

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Met Office urge people to ‘look out for loved ones’ as after effects of Storm Arwen hit UK

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50 people forced to camp in pub overnight following snow storm

Around 50 people were forced to bed down overnight at the Tan Hill Inn as snow swept in and buried their vehicles.

Many had travelled to the remote boozer in Richmond to watch an Oasis tribute band called ‘Noasis’ perform on Friday night.

But by 9pm it became clear that nobody would be able to make the journey home and many had to sleep in makeshift beds on the floor of the bar.

When they awoke on Saturday morning the pub - which is 1,732ft above sea level - was buried in parts under snow drifts.

Local roads have become impassable and the guests were still being advised to remain in the building at lunchtime on Saturday.

Tan Hill Inn owner Mike Kenny said: “We recommended anyone in the pub to stay out rather than endanger life on the snow covered moors.

“No one is going anywhere yet. The police advised we all stay out for now. Our snowplough is snowed in!”

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More showers ‘possible’ in North and East of England

The latest from the Met Office:

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Winds destroy Christmas attraction on ‘world’s oldest railway'

Storm Arwen’s winds have destroyed the North Pole Express attraction, a “magical” Christmas attraction on the “world’s oldest railway”.

The sold-out, 90-minute experience is popular with families who take the train from East Tanfield station in North Yorkshire to see Santa and receive a Christmas present.

A volunteer from Tanfield Railway, where trains run on a rail dating to 1725, said the damage is “really disappointing”.

“There’s a lot of hard work put in (and) a lot of volunteer time put in,” David Watchman told the PA news agency.

“We’ve seen some extreme weather, we’re always prepared... but the winds were on a different level last night, and there’s only so much you can tie down and prepare for.

“It’s been totally different to what we’ve experienced before.”

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Pictures: Colossal waves crash against seawall in Hartlepool

Seaham Harbour, County Durham.

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How to navigate difficult weather conditions

Find Met Office advice on driving in severe weather conditions here.

Cars are stuck in snow that fell overnight from Storm Arwen in Leek, Staffordshire.