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United Kingdom, Spain. Arwen’s Storm. Snowfall and strong wind. Fatalities, impassable roads, power cuts

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At least two people died, power cuts, impassable roads. These are the effects of the Arwen storm that brought snowstorms in Britain and Spain. In the first country, gusts of wind reached 160 kilometers per hour.

Arwen’s storm, bringing snowstorms, struck the northern parts of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland on Friday. The wind was blowing at a speed of 160 kilometers per hour in some places.

In the Northern Irish city of Antrim, a man was killed after a tree fell on his car. The second fatality is a man hit by a fallen tree in County Cumbria in the North West of England.

Closed roads and delayed trains

Difficult weather conditions resulted in road closures and train delays. In many parts of the UK, tens of thousands of consumers have lost access to electricity. There were high coastal waves and blizzards in places. “The strong wind has slowed to the south of Britain,” said Steve Ramsdale, chief meteorologist at the Met Office’s national weather service.

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Heavy snowfall and impassable roads in Spain

Spain also felt the effects of Arwen’s storm. Heavy snowfall on Saturday caused traffic chaos in many provinces. Several dozen national roads are impassable. According to information from the General Directorate for National Roads (DGT), on Saturday afternoon the most difficult conditions for drivers were in the entire strip of northern Spain in the east of the country, as well as in Andalusia in the south.

The most impassable national roads are in the provinces of Granada, Almeria, Teruel, Huesca, Navarra, La Rioja, and also Leon. As reported by the government, several dozen snowplows were launched on Saturday to clear roads in many provinces, out of a total of 700 such machines ready for increased snowfall.

According to the information from the state meteorology institute Aemet, the weather will deteriorate further on Saturday night in Spain, which will be manifested by stronger winds, blizzards, and a significant drop in air temperature.

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