Person dies after Storm Arwen left home without heating for a week amid ice warnings

The individual died at home in Rothbury in Northumberland, with councillor Steven Bridgett saying they had underlaying health conditions

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Storm Arwen: PM sends in army to help power-cuts

A person died after Storm Arwen left their home without heating for a week amid ice warnings.

The individual died at home in Rothbury in Northumberland as temperatures plummeted, with councillor Steven Bridgett saying they had underlaying health conditions.

Bridgett said: “Sadly, I’m sorry to report. We’ve had a death in this area.

“The person in question did have underlying health conditions but we believe the lack of power/heating may have been a contributing factor.

“My thoughts really are with the persons family. I don’t know what to say. I’m gutted.”

The Prime Minister said around 130 troops have been deployed to help in the Grampian region of northern Scotland.

Marines from 45 Commando are seen conducting welfare checks as thousands were left without power


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“Every day we are reducing the numbers of people who have the outages but a lot of people have been out of power for a long time,” he said.

“It was a very, very big storm. We are doing everything we can to to help people.

“There were about 19,000 homes without this morning. We have got that down to about 16,000.

“That is no consolation for the 16,000 who are still suffering but we are working flat out to help you.”

130 troops have been deployed to help in the Grampian region of northern Scotland


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Storm Arwen caused chaos across the UK over the weekend with as many as one million homes and businesses affected by the severe weather.

Updates today from the Energy Networks Association (ENA) suggest 45,000 customers remain without power.

This figure stood at 155,000 homes on Monday as the ENA described the destruction of electricity lines caused by the storm as the worst seen in Britain since 2005.

Parts of the country were blanketed in snow and battered by winds of 100mph, with the worst hit areas being in Scotland and the north east of England.

Storm Arwen has already claimed the lives of three men, who were killed by falling trees as winds of up to 98mph were recorded on Friday.

Revellers finally being to leave the Tan Hill Inn after their long term lock in


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Popular headteacher, Francis Lagan, was believed to be driving with his wife and children when he was killed by an uprooted tree in Co Antrim, Northern Ireland.

A 35-year-old man in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, died when his pick up truck was struck by a tree, and a man from Lancaster was also killed as gusts ripped down trees in Cumbria.

The Met Office issued red weather warnings for wind in several parts of the country and police forces urged people to only travel if necessary.

Tens of thousands of homes were left without power and rail passenger and pub goers were left stranded as a result of heavy snowfall.

A man walks through the snow in Gunnerside, North Yorkshire



Punters at the Tan Hill Inn in the Yorkshire Dales spent two nights sleeping on the pub floor after they were snowed in on Friday.

After driving up to the 17th century inn, which is the highest pub in Britain, many customers were left shocked to discover their cars completely engulfed in snow and had to bed in for the night.

Now the unrelenting weather conditions could see them forced to spend another night away from home as a fallen power line and heavy snow continues to block the main routes out.

Britain is bracing for even more wintry conditions in the weeks ahead with snow forecast again in the first two weeks of December and Met Office yellow warnings for ice in place until Monday.

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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