Storm Arwen claims first life as tragic motorist killed by falling tree

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A man has become the first victim of Storm Arwen after his car was hit by a falling tree in Northern Ireland.

The incident took place on the Dublin Road in Antrim on Friday.

A PSNI spokesman said the road remains closed in both directions and diversions are in place.

It comes as the Met Office issued a red weather warning for parts of the country, the highest level, which means there's a potential risk to life.

A weather warning is in place for Northern Ireland throughout Friday and until 6pm on Saturday, with gusts of wind up to 60mph predicted.

Although the strongest winds will affect coastal areas, inland parts can also expect some very windy conditions.

Ferry sailings from Belfast and Larne ports have been cancelled on Friday, as has the Ballycastle to Rathlin Island ferry.

At the same time, parts of north-east England and Scotland have had red weather warnings issued as winds are expected to reach up to 80mph.

Scotland's police force and government have urged people living in areas of the nation covered by a red warning not to travel by car “under any circumstances”.

The Scottish Government added that other members of the public who live in red areas shouldn't travel either.

A red wind warning has also been issued for the Channel Island with gusts potentially reaching 65mph.

In the Republic of Ireland, a severe weather warning has also been issued for Counties Donegal, Mayo, and Sligo for Friday and Saturday by Met Éireann.

The RNLI has urged the public to exercise "extreme caution" if visiting the shoreline, especially along exposed cliffs, seafronts and piers.

Kevin Rahill, the RNLI's water safety lead said: "While stormy conditions may be tempting to watch, it is important to remember the sea is very dangerous and unpredictable and big waves can easily knock you off your feet."

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