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BBC Weather: ‘Extreme’ snow and ice spark travel warnings after ‘worst storm in 40 years’

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Storm Arwen: Travel warnings in place as winds batter UK

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The UK has been left reeling in the wake of Storm Arwen, after violent gusts of nearly 100mph, as well as sudden snowfall, took their toll across the country. A BBC News report on the latest weather left BBC Breakfast host Nina Warhust stunned, simply saying: “Wow, extreme.” David Punton, from the Newcastle Metro network, called it the worst winter storm in the transport system’s history, which goes back 41 years.

Three men were killed by falling trees in separate incidents.

One man died after a tree fell on his car in Antrim, Northern Ireland, another was crushed by a tree in Ambleside, Cumbria, and a third had his pick-up truck hit by a tree in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.

Ms Warhurst remarked that “heavy snowfall left hundreds of drivers stranded” yesterday.

Co-host Ben Thompson added: “Several weather warnings remain in place across much of Scotland and northern England this morning.

“The effects of Storm Arwen continue to disrupt transport networks and power supplies.”

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BBC News reporter Greg McKenzie told viewers: “Power lines were brought down in the Yorkshire dales, leaving many without electricity.

“Scotland and the northeast of England felt Storm Arwen’s full force, with many battered by strong winds of almost 100mph.”

One resident told BBC News: “I had two kids in there, freaking out, wondering if it was a thunderstorm. But it was just the roof coming apart.”

ScotRail has suspended many of its routes until the end of today while Network Rail Scotland said it was “one of the most challenging storms in recent memory”.

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A yellow warning for ice will remain in place until 11am across much of Scotland and England.

Mr Punton, from the Tyne and Wear Metro, told the BBC: “This is one of the worst winter storms we have seen on record, which goes back to 41 years.

“In terms of the scale and speed of the damage caused by the winds, it has been horrendous for us.”


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LNER has told customers not to travel north of York today because they are unable to run trains between Newcastle and Edinburgh.

Mr McKenzie added that a cold-weather alert will remain until Monday afternoon, with advice for people to check in on older neighbours and elderly relatives.

Even ITV’s I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! was not immune from the weather chaos.

The show’s contestants were removed from the set of the show after it suffered damage during Storm Arwen.

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