After a tree fell on a car during Storm Arwen, the first victim was identified as a'much loved' headteacher.

A "much-loved" headteacher has been identified as the man killed when a tree struck his car during Storm Arwen.

Francis Lagan, a man in his 40s, was killed yesterday in a tragic accident on the Dublin Road in Antrim, Northern Ireland.

Mr. Lagan, a father of four, had been the headteacher of St Mary's Primary School in Maghera, Co Londonderry, for a number of years.

According to The Mirror, he was traveling with his wife and children when strong winds uprooted a tree and struck the vehicle.

"It is with great pain and sadness this evening that I have to inform you of the untimely death of our much loved principal Mr Lagan," said a statement from St Mary's school to parents.

"May the gentle soul of his gentle soul rest in peace."

"A great club man, coach, principal, colleague, mentor, friend but most importantly a fantastic son, brother, husband, and daddy," read a Facebook message from local sports club Watty Graham, An Gleann.

"In the days, weeks, and months ahead, we as a club and community will stand strong with the Lagan family."

Mr. Lagan has received numerous other tributes from friends and coworkers.

Yvonne Fleming, a children's author, told loveBallymena

"I am devastated and heartbroken to learn of Francis Lagan's death," she wrote on the internet.

"When he was principal of St Mary's Primary School in Gortnaghey, he invited me in three times to read my books; each time, I was greeted warmly and found him to be a true gentleman with a warm demeanor."

"I visited him at his new school, St Mary's Primary School Glenview, just this week and received the same warm welcome."

He was a fantastic principal, and his death is a huge loss for both the school and the community.

"My heartfelt condolences to his wife, children, and family; they will all be in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time."

As high winds, heavy rain, and snow began to fall on Friday afternoon, motorists were advised not to travel "under any circumstances" along parts of east Scotland and north-east England, and some train services were cancelled entirely.

As Storm Arwen approached the country, the Met Office issued a rare red warning for wind from 3 p.m. on Friday to 2 a.m. on Saturday, with gusts of up to 90 mph and waves up to 10 metres expected.

The highest gust recorded during Arwen was 78 mph in Inverbervie, south of Aberdeen, as of 10 p.m., according to the Met Office.

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