Storm Arwen: BBC warn of ‘risk to life and property’
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Matt Taylor told BBC Breakfast the UK will see very strong winds as Friday progresses with temperatures getting colder as the day goes on. The Met Office has put in an amber weather warning for the northeast of Scotland with other places seeing a yellow warning for wind that could reach 75mph. But as we move into Saturday, further disruptions and warnings have been issued as the weather could endanger people’s lives.
Speaking on BBC Breakfast, Mr Taylor echoed warnings from the Met Office which says very strong winds are expected to hit the UK.
The amber weather warning put in place for Friday into Saturday will also see snow in some lower areas in the north of England.
The rest of the UK will see bitterly cold winds with temperatures floating around 5C.
Mr Taylor told BBC Breakfast: “A very lively 36 hours on the way, let’s get on with it.
“Storm Arwen is coming towards us, we have got strong winds expected in most areas of the UK.
“But have a particular concern later today into tonight, parts of eastern Scotland, northeast England.
“Damaging gusts of wind, the potential of risk to life and properties, strong winds buffeting the coast bring up some rough seas as well.
“There will be some travel disruption too and it’s only part of the story.”
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Mr Taylor then pointed out some rain is expected for parts of the country which will bring misery to travellers.
He continued: “To go with it out there today, the wind is starting to pick up and nothing too strong yet but outbreaks of rain this morning for the rush hour, spreading its way southwards and eastwards.
“Cold air digging behind as the wind steadily picks up as we go through the day.
“With it, we can see showers in Northern Ireland turning a little bit wintry but blizzards of the Scottish mountains as those winds really start to ramp up later on.
“Some sunshine between those two areas, temperatures actually dropping through this.
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“Could feel colder this afternoon than it does this morning.
“But it’s from this stage onwards, those winds really start to pick up now wherever you are.
“Gales will develop overnight but it’s east of Scotland and northeast England will see the strongest of those winds with heavy snow to the high ground.
“We could see some sleet and snow push southwards as we go into tomorrow.
“Those strong winds make for an icy feel [Saturday].”
Stephen Dixon, a Met Office spokesperson, told the PA news agency: “Storm Arwen has been named on the back of a deep low-pressure system moving to the north-east of the UK, which has brought about our amber wind warning on Friday.
“The worst affected areas will predominantly be on the coasts, with gusts of over 75mph bringing possible disruption to travel and longer journey times, power cuts, flying debris and large waves, with beach material being thrown around.
“There is also a yellow warning of wind in place along the west coast of the UK from 9am on Friday, stretching from Scotland, through Northern Ireland and Wales and as far as south-west England. This reflects the impact Storm Arwen will have, with strong winds likely to occur into Saturday, when the warning is extended to most parts of the UK.”
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