Storm Arwen continues to batter northeast Britain this evening with a rare red warning from the UK Met Office for strong winds. This is for coastal eastern Scotland and NE England with a wider amber warning for NE Britain tonight. More of the UK is covered by a yellow wind warning with strong northerly winds transferring over Wales and England through the night and on Saturday. Will be interesting to see how high the gusts get in this storm.
Red Warning: Dangerous weather is expected and, if you haven’t already done so, you should take action now to keep yourself and others safe from the impact of the severe weather. It is very likely that there will be a risk to life, with substantial disruption to travel, energy supplies and possibly widespread damage to property and infrastructure. You should avoid travelling, where possible, and follow the advice of the emergency services and local authorities.
4pm Friday - The east coast mainline is stopping all trains at 17:00 from Edinburgh to the border. The bridges and after school provisions are closed, also restrictions on the A1 in SE Scotland. There is heavy traffic on the A96 in Grampian due to a fallen tree and a covering of snow inland over the Cairngorms now.
Power outages in Swansea, Tredegar and Cardiff this evening - BBC
More disruption to rail services as sections close down.
A man has died after a tree fell on a car in Antrim today - Antrim Police
Coastguard and Environment Agencies continue to warn about large waves and violent winds along coastal areas.
8pm Friday - Even I'm a Celebrity ITV has cancelled its live show for the first time
Network Rail Scotland have closed more lines and cancelled many more services as trees have been falling on the lines and trains have hit them or branches, even an escaped trampoline was hit by a train in Fife - Daily Record
Reports from Aberdeenshire of airport passengers unable to disembark, trees down blocking roads and damaging vehicles. Flying debris and seven garage roofs off in Fraserburgh. (Fubar News)
Blackpool - A building has collapsed on the Springfield Road/Promenade junction. Road closures in place in and around this area. The tramway is not running and the police and fire services are in attendance. @BlackpoolCouncil
From the Met Office Guide to RED weather warnings
Widespread danger to life from flying debris.
Widespread structural damage e.g. roofs blown off, mobile homes overturned, power lines brought down.
Transport routes and travel services affected for a prolonged period. Long travel delays.
Closure of main bridges, road and rail networks in many areas, and significant disruption to air and ferry transport.
Widespread and prolonged disruption to power, and/or other utilities and services.
Danger to life from large waves/beach material being thrown onto coastal route, sea fronts and coastal communities.
More about Storm Arwen, the forecast across the UK for Friday and the weekend.