Driver was killed in a car accident by a fallen tree in Aberdeenshire, during Storm Arwen

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At 17:45 on Friday, a cop van collided with a tree in Hatton-of Fintray. Officers were attending an accident that resulted in a death.

After his pickup truck was struck by a tree, he died in Aberdeenshire’s Storm Arwen.

Police Scotland reported that the 35-year old was found dead in the area of the B977 Dyce To Hatton Of Fintry Road on Friday, 17:45.

According to the force, officers who responded to the incident discovered that their van had been destroyed by another tree when they returned to it.

The country was also affected by the high winds that caused chaos in travel and severe power disruptions.

Around 80,000 houses are without electricity, and many passengers were left stranded aboard trains for nearly 17 hours.

This fatality increases the UK’s death toll from storm to three. It follows the deaths of a Antrim head teacher and another victim killed in the storm by a fallen tree.

At 02:00, the Met Office’s red-level storm warning was expired. It was later confirmed. Maximum gust is 81mphRecorded in Inverbervie (Abershire).

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High winds have caused storm damage to many parts of Scotland and even travel disruptions.

Inverurie’s divisional road policing team said Sgt Craig McNeill that the driver of the Nissan Navara truck was the one struck when the accident occurred.

He stated, “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the man’s friends and family at this difficult time.”

Due to adverse weather conditions, the vehicles that were responding to this accident had been parked some distance away. They discovered that a tree had fallen onto their van when they returned to it. No injuries were sustained.

Another incident saw a car being struck by a tree in the Black Isle. However, the occupants of the car were not hurt.

Rail passengers made it to Aberdeen, Scotland on Saturday, after having spent the night at Huntly station in Aberdeenshire.

Mark Swinglehurst, aged 62 from Burghead (Moray), told BBC Scotland that he got on the Elgin train just after three yesterday afternoon. At five o’clock, we reached Huntly. We stayed there for 17 hours.

It was quite comfortable, but cold. We were well looked after by the staff.”

The worst hit areas were the coastal regions of Angus and Fife in Aberdeenshire, Moray and East Lothian.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks reported that about 60,000 customers had not been able to get electricity on Saturday afternoon.

Mark Rough from SSEN’s customer operations department stated that the impact of Storm Arwen is still felt in large parts of the UK and caused significant damage to the network.

Our teams were out at the crack of dawn to assess all the damage. Helicopter patrols have also been used to pinpoint the most affected areas. We continue to bring power back to our customers, despite the challenging circumstances.

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SP Energy Networks also confirmed that approximately 20,000 people were affected by the current storm, most notably in Dumfries/Fife and Lothian/Borders.

One spokesperson said that the storm had brought down trees, and combined with wind-borne debris caused substantial damage to our overhead lines network. Many areas are experiencing road closures that make it difficult to access the site.

“Our teams were awake all night to determine the extent of the damage done to the network, and then to reconnect any customers that are possible.

“They’re continuing to work safely and quickly to restore power for our customers, despite the high wind speed.”

According to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service firefighters responded more than 500 to weather-related events in the 24-hour period ending at 07:00. North and central regions were most severely affected.

One spokeswoman said that an appliance in Galashiels, Borders, was hit by falling trees during the storm. However, no injuries were reported.

John Dickie (assistant chief officer) described it as an “exceptional meteorological event.”

ScotRail stated that it expected major disruptions to continue, and it confirmed. Safety checks were carried outTake several routes.

Network Rail shared this picture taken from a helicopter near Errol and west of Dundee.

According to the report, the situation was “one of most difficult in recent memory”.

Passengers will receive an automatic refund for all Caledonian Sleeper service between Inverness, London Euston and London Euston Sundays.

The country also experienced disruptions on its roads, as well as cancellations and delays in the ferry system.

Aberdeen Airport stated that aircraft movement was being restricted by the weather, and advised passengers to verify the status with their airline.

Arwen was the latest named storm on the Met Office’s list for this winter.

Last red alert in Scotland came in March 2018, during the severe storm, which has been dubbed “The Beast from East”.

The warning was both windy and snowy and covered parts of South Wales, England and South West England.

Warnings in red indicate dangers to human life and property.

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