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Two people were killed, thousands of homes cut off as a powerful storm hit the northern UK

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Two people were killed, thousands of homes cut off from power and drivers stuck on freezing roads overnight as a powerful storm hit the northern UK, authorities said Saturday.

One woman posted on Twitter a video of her plane flying from Paris to Manchester, in the northwest of England, in strong winds on Friday.

Passengers’ laughter was caused by screaming and crying before the pilot canceled the flight, and he succeeded in the second attempt.

The UK Meteorological Service has issued an unusual “red weather” warning as “Storm Arwen” brought about 100 miles (160 km) an hour.

“People should not be as close to the coast as the waves and debris are dangerous to health,” warns the Met Office.

One man was killed when his car was hit by a tree in Northern Ireland late Friday, police said. One man died after being struck by a tree in Lake District, in northwest England.

The typhoon left 75,000 homes without electricity on Saturday in Scotland, according to the country’s electricity company.

Express trains have been stopped north of Newcastle and roads have been blocked by debris that has fallen in parts of Scotland, and snowfall since Friday afternoon has caused widespread disruption to the routes.

Snow and fallen trees have caused road closures in northern England and Scotland, forcing many motorists to sleep in their cars overnight, according to traffic police and social media.

About 120 trucks were “stuck in the snow” on one side of the road between Manchester and Leeds, police said, posting pictures of the white-covered road before the snow plows.

As the winds subsided on Saturday morning, the Met Office warned that conditions would remain challenging due to snow and ice, and the public was urged to avoid unnecessary travel.

A train driver in the southwest of England warned of “too many trees and obstacles blocking the railway”. ScotRail services have been suspended between Edinburgh and Glasgow after the warehouse exploded on the line.

The storm also forced the cancellation of at least one lower league game and a horse race on Saturday.

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