More than 120 lorries were stuck in heavy snow on the motorway as Cyclone Arwen hit Britain at 90mph – leaving one man dead.
Head teacher and father of four Francis Lagan was killed when a tree fell on his car in Antrim, Northern Ireland, last night – as wetlands in the UK were put under a weather warning rare red weather on wind.
Devastating storm Arwen has brought 33ft high waves, dropping temperatures and blizzards to much of England.
Inclement weather has also shut down major roads and a railway line across the country, resulting in significant wrecks.
More than 120 trucks were completely stranded in heavy snow between junctions 21 and 22 on the M62 at 2:30 a.m. this morning – forcing the road to close.
Excavators and snow plows were quickly deployed to clear the road, Manchester Evening News report.
The Met Office’s red alert warns buildings are at risk of collapsing under the strain of high coastal winds along a stretch of England’s northeast coast.
In Blackpool, part of The Promenade was closed last night – with Blackpool Council warning of a “collapsed building” after the city was hit by strong winds.
Residents of nearby properties were evacuated by the fire brigade – and witnesses said bricks and debris were scattered along the sidewalk.
And football legend Michael Owen took to Twitter to share an image of a huge tree that had fallen down the road leading to his house.
The first victim of the storm was a father of four who died when a tree fell on his car in Antrim, Northern Ireland, yesterday.
It is assumed that Francis Lagan was driving with his wife and two children – all of whom escaped uninjured.
He has served as principal at St Mary’s Primary School in Maghera, Co Derry.
And the Scottish Government has ordered motorists to stay off the roads because of the “potential risk to life” during the terrible storm.
The move has sparked a wave of people rushing home, as rural communities fear they will be completely cut off.
First Deputy Minister John Swinney said: “The Met Office’s decision to issue a rare red weather warning for strong winds signals a potentially damaging and life-threatening risk in some areas of the UK. Scotland.
“People in these affected areas should not travel under any circumstances, including motorists.
“Yellow and amber weather warnings also remain in place for some areas and people should continue to exercise extreme caution and plan ahead for any necessary journeys as transit service may be affected. may be interrupted.
“The Scottish Government is in close contact with local authorities and emergency services to ensure people in affected areas receive the latest information, advice and support when needed.”
A red weather warning will be in place for all coastal areas within Angus, Dundee, Fife, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, East Lothian and the Scottish Borders.
This warning applies from 3 p.m. Friday to 2 a.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile, London train operator North Eastern Railway has issued a “no travel” warning to customers as its services will be “significantly disrupted due to inclement weather” until Sunday. .
The company runs trains on the East Coast Main Line between London and Scotland, calling at stations including Leeds, York, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
Network Rail has closed its East Coast service north of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, from 5pm on Friday.
Passengers are being warned that further closures may apply elsewhere on the route.
Warrick Dent, LNER’s director of operations and safety, said: “We encourage customers with tickets for November 26 and this coming weekend to postpone their travel arrangements where possible.
“We expect services to be extremely busy throughout the weekend and advise customers to check our website and social channels for the latest information.”
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