Storm Arwen claims first victim as man killed by falling tree while driving


The incident happened on the Dublin Road in Antrim – it comes as the Met Office issued a warning for strong winds as Storm Arwen arrives in the UK

The first snow falling this afternoon (file photo)

A man has died after his car was hit by a falling tree in Northern Ireland.

The incident happened on the Dublin Road in Antrim on Friday.

A PSNI spokesman said the road remains closed in both directions and diversions are in place.

It comes as the Met Office issued a warning for strong winds as Storm Arwen arrives in the UK.

A weather warning is in place for Northern Ireland throughout Friday and until 6pm on Saturday, with gusts of wind up to 60mph predicted.

Ferry sailings from Belfast and Larne ports have been cancelled on Friday, as has the Ballycastle to Rathlin Island ferry.

High winds caused by Storm Arwen have been forecast for parts of the UK


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Motorists in areas which fall under the Met Office’s red weather warning have been told they “should not travel under any circumstances” by a senior police officer.

Superintendent Simon Bradshaw, from Police Scotland’s Road Policing Unit, said motorists in the area “should not travel under any circumstances” and added those in amber and yellow warning zones should “not journey out unless for essential purposes and if you are doing so, to be mindful of the challenging conditions you will face”.

The red warning stretches along the east coast from Middlesbrough to beyond Aberdeen and is the first maximum alert to be issued since Storm Dennis in February 2020.

An RLNI lifeboat comes into Dunbar harbour as the East coast of Scotland is under a Red warning for high winds from named storm Arwen


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Grahame Madge, a Met Office spokesman, said the forecaster didn’t “issue red warnings lightly” and warned people to stay away from the affected area.

“People need to recognise, really, that we don’t issue red warnings lightly so, therefore, when we do, we feel that there is a much higher threat of risk,” he said.

“We urge people, obviously, to take action as a result of that and that action in this case is probably don’t go to the coast.”

Heavy snow and high winds affecting parts of Scotland

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