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Cyclone Barra hits UK as thousands remain without power

A new storm is set to hit the UK as thousands remain powerless in the wake of Cyclone Arwen, Met Office warned.

Forecasters have issued severe weather warnings for wind and snow in advance Storm Barra, the second named storm of the season, arrived in Britain on Tuesday.

The Met Office said the Republic of Ireland would bear the brunt of the storm. As it weakens, Barra will bring strong winds and rain with rain turning to snow across northern England and Scotland.

The Met Office issued a yellow warning for snow on Tuesday, covering most parts of Scotland and extending down to Manchester.

Two yellow wind warnings were also issued that day, covering all of England and Wales and parts of Scotland.

This comes as around 4,700 homes across northern England and Scotland remain without supplies following Cyclone Arwen, more than a week after the storm made landfall on November 26, according to the Association of Energy Networks. (ENA).

Frank Saunders, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “Strong winds from the west through Tuesday morning will spread inland and into eastern areas throughout the afternoon and early evening.

“Winds of 45-50 mph are expected, with 60-70 mph in exposed coastal locations. The strongest winds will ease across inland areas during the night.”

Deputy chief meteorologist, Brent Walker, added: “A band of rain will turn to snow across northern England and Scotland through the end of Tuesday.

“A fairly extensive 2 to 5 cm snow accumulation is expected throughout the warning area, but locally it could reach up to 10 cm, especially in parts of the Southern Mountains and Highland. original.”

He added: “Strong southeasterly winds will also lead to snow drift in places, especially on the highest roads, adding to poor visibility.”

On Saturday, Boris Johnson said he has held calls with Arwen responders, adding that he remains “concerned” that thousands of households are still without power.

In a tweet, the Prime Minister said the Government stands ready to further support the recovery work “in any way possible”.

A tree fell in New York in North Tyneside after Cyclone Arwen devastated much of England (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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The Met Office has also released yellow weather There is a rain warning for parts of north-east England and a yellow warning for snow for parts of south-east Scotland.

The lengthy delays have prompted energy regulator Ofgem to warn it will take action against network companies that fail to restore electricity to customers quickly enough after the storm.

It has also agreed with companies to lift the £700 limit on compensation that can be awarded to customers.

The change will allow affected people to claim £70 for every 12-hour period in which they are without power, after an initial £70 for the first 48 hours.

Chief executive Jonathan Brearley told BBC Radio 4: “We are extremely concerned about customers who have been without power for more than a week.

Royal Marines from 45th Command visit remote communities and vulnerable households in the Banchory area of ​​Aberdeenshire (PA/MoD)

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“We want to determine the facts and make sure we understand what happened, whether the internet companies have met their obligations. If they don’t, we will take enforcement action.

“We have clear expectations about how quickly they will get people back into the system.

“We recognize the difficult circumstances those companies are facing. But what we expect from network companies is to not stop connecting people, but also offer support.”

He then told the BBC Breakfast: “One thing we did is we talked to the internet companies and they agreed, they raised the limit on the compensation they would give customers and they would make sure that those customers That should get some compensation for all they’ve been through. ”

The Ministry of Defense said 297 staff from the British Army and Royal Marines were supporting civilian authorities and were conducting door-to-door checks of vulnerable people in their homes and providing reassurance to the local community.

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