Storm Barra: Met Office warns of strong winds and rain
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Barra – the second named storm of this winter – will bring strong winds and freezing temperatures as low as -11C. Yellow warnings have been issued across much of the country from 9am on Tuesday. The Met Office also warned that public transport could be disrupted and coastal communities at risk. A Met Office spokesman said: "A deep area of low pressure moving in from the Atlantic is likely to bring high winds to many parts of the UK.
"Strong winds will arrive in the west through Tuesday morning, spreading inland and reaching eastern areas through the afternoon and early evening.
"Gusts of 45-50mph are expected widely, with 60-70mph in exposed coastal locations."
Operational meteorologist at the Met Office Dan Stroud also predicted that a blanket of snow will cover Scotland, the north of England and parts of Wales.
He said: "Snowfall is likely to be largely over high ground, although we may see some snow at lower levels."
The latest warnings come nine days after Storm Arwen led to the Met Office issuing red weather warnings, the most severe alarms possible.
Worried members of the public have taken to social media to share their fears of the vicious weather that's about to hit the country. Janet Davies wrote on Twitter: "We haven't finished clearing up after Storm Arwen yet, and Storm Barra is likely to do more damage to my home and garden due to the wind direction."
Storm Arwen killed three people after gusting winds of up to 100mph felled trees and caused power outages in parts of the country.
Energy Secretary Kwarteng condemned outages (Image: PA)
Troops helped those without power after storm Arwen (Image: Getty)
The Energy Networks Association (ENA) said that 3,190 homes were still waiting to be reconnected as of Sunday afternoon. This is down from 4,700 homes on Saturday night, with the majority of the homes affected being in the north-east of England.
Energy Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng said it was "totally unacceptable" that some people are still without power more than a week after Storm Arwen.
Speaking to the BBC in Durham, Mr Kwarteng said: "It's wrong and bad for people to be off power for such a long time. That's why I'm here to make sure that we can get people back on as quickly as possible. As I've said, for 99.5 per cent of people they're back on, but for the ones that are still having to put up with this – it is totally unacceptable."
The Energy Secretary warned power firms the Government will review their operations following continuing outages caused by Storm Arwen nine days ago.
During a visit to a Northern Powergrid call centre in Penshaw near Sunderland, Mr Kwarteng said: "I think we can make the system a lot more resilient."
Troops deliver a welfare box in Teesdale (Image: Getty)
The long power delays have prompted energy regulator Ofgem to warn it will take enforcement action against network companies that failed to restore power to customers quickly enough following the storm.
Jonathan Brearley, Ofgem's Chief Executive, said: "We understand this is a really worrying time for people who are without heat and power as the severity of Storm Arwen has hit homes and businesses in the North of England and Scotland.
"The effects of Storm Arwen are still being felt with 4,000 homes without power.
"We accept the network companies have been working in challenging conditions, but until every home in Britain has power restored, that relentless effort must continue.
"We are launching a review into how the storm has been handled. We have strict rules on how network companies need to operate in these circumstances, and we will take action if needed."
Meanwhile the army continues to help those without power in the North East. Teesdale farmer David Eccles and his daughter Emma received a welfare pack from the Royal Lancers yesterday, while Durham home owner Ian Cartwright told troops his concerns after a week without electricity.
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