Storm Irwin kills three in UK

The storm left a trail of destruction © AP

Three people were killed in the United Kingdom in Storm Irwin, which hit Scotland and northern England on Saturday. Tens of thousands of homes are without electricity.

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Irwin was accompanied by strong winds, rain and snowfall since Friday noon. The authorities had warned the British by declaring a rare red symbol at night. This means severe, life-threatening weather is approaching.

The UK Met Office has warned of very strong winds during Saturday. Depending on the region, an orange or yellow code now applies, but the agency warns against making movements that are not strictly necessary.

People are advised to stay away from the coast

People are advised to stay away from the coast © Reuters

The three victims died as a result of various accidents. A tree fell on a car in Antrim, Northern Ireland, killing a school principal. A Lancaster man was hit by a tree in Ambleside, England. Police said he died on the spot. A motorist was also killed in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, when a tree fell on his car.

Police reported that 120 trucks were “stuck in the ice” on the M62 motorway in England. Energy supplier Northern Powergrid estimated that strong storms had left about 55,000 customers in northern England without power. Various videos on social media show how widespread the sea is across the country. “People should stay away from the coast, because the waves are life-threatening,” the Met Office said.

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