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At least 2 people dead during first winter storm in UK

At least two people have died in the U.K. after the year's first winter storm battered parts of the countries with gusts of nearly 100 mph (160 kph).

The storm, which was named Arwen by the country's Met Office, hit parts of the north of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland particularly hard, causing road causing road closures, train delays, power cuts and high waves.

Cumbria Police, in northwest England said a man died after a tree fell on him just before 11 p.m. on Friday. In Northern Ireland, a man was killed when his car was hit by a falling tree.

A truck lies on its side after being blown over by gusts of wind of almost 100 miles (160 km) per hour which battered some areas of the country during Storm Arwen, in Hartlepool, England, early Saturday Nov. 27, 2021. The Met Office issued a rare red warning for wind from 3pm on Friday to 2am on Saturday as the first winter storm was set to batter the country. (Owen HumphreysPA via AP)

Though the worst of the storm appears to have passed, people have been advised to be wary of traveling on Saturday, as train networks reported disruption to services amid still-high winds and heavy snow.

“Storm Arwen has delivered some dangerously strong winds overnight, with gusts in excess of 90 mph recorded," the Met Office's chief meteorologist Steve Ramsdale said. “The strong winds will move south across the U.K. through the day, gradually weakening.”

A man walks past a car lying under fallen masonry from a property after gusts of almost 100 miles (160 km) per hour battered some areas of the country during Storm Arwen, in Roker, Sunderland, England, Saturday Nov. 27, 2021. The Met Office issued a rare red warning for wind from 3pm on Friday to 2am on Saturday as the first winter storm was set to batter the country. (Owen HumphreysPA via AP)

A fallen tree blocks a road after gusts of almost 100 miles (160 km) per hour battered some areas of the country during Storm Arwen, in Norton village, England, early Saturday Nov. 27, 2021. The Met Office issued a rare red warning for wind from 3pm on Friday to 2am on Saturday as the first winter storm was set to batter the country. (Owen HumphreysPA via AP)

A car lies under fallen masonry from a property after gusts of almost 100 miles (160 km) per hour battered some areas of the country during Storm Arwen, in Roker, Sunderland, England, Saturday Nov. 27, 2021. The Met Office issued a rare red warning for wind from 3pm on Friday to 2am on Saturday as the first winter storm was set to batter the country. (Owen HumphreysPA via AP)