‘Damage locally!’ Met Office urges caution over Storm Arwen set to hit with 75 mph winds

Met Office: Storm Arwen forecast to bring disruption to UK

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According to the Met Office Storm Arwen is expected to batter the northeast with excess of 75 mph winds. The Met Office has issued an amber wind warning covering a large part of eastern Scotland, which will be in place from 3pm on Friday to 9am on Saturday.

Met Office Principal Meteorologist Dan Suri warned the incoming storm will especially affect the northeast on Friday.

He said: “Storm Arwen is associated with a deep low-pressure system that will impact the northeast in particular from Friday, but will also bring wider impacts to the UK with high winds, rain and some snow probable over the high ground.

“Storm Arwen’s impacts are mainly associated with high winds as the storm sinks southwards and will widely bring gusts of up to 65mph in coastal areas.

“Although slightly stronger in the northeast, with in excess of 75mph possible in exposed locations.”

Injuries and danger to life from flying debris are possible, according to the Met Office.

Meanwhile, other injuries or risk to life could occur from large waves and beach material being thrown onto sea fronts, coastal roads and properties.

Also, power cuts could occur and mobile phone coverage could be disrupted.

Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesman, said: “The south-east and London, though fairly windy, are likely to escape the worst of the gusts and remain relatively calm in comparison to the rest of the country, which will certainly feel the impact of the storm.”

Mr Dixon added: “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.”

It is officially the first storm of the winter period in the UK.

According to the Telegraph Tom Morgan, a Met Office meteorologist said Christmas outdoor events mean it is important to raise people’s awareness of the storm.

He said: “There’s a lot of outdoor events at the moment like Christmas markets, and there’ll be people putting up Christmas decorations on their homes and things this weekend.

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“So it may well be that the winds bring some disruption to that and some damage locally.”

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