Storm Malik | A nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree as powerful gusts nearing 150mph from Storm Malik continue to batter Britain, while a 60-year-old woman was also killed, as Storm Corrie is expected to bring further devastation tomorrow.
Falling trees in the gale-force winds have cost the life of a nine-year-old boy, who was hit by a tree in Winnothdale, Staffordshire, and a 60-year-old woman, who was struck in Aberdeen, Scotland.
The 60-year-old was killed by a falling tree in Aberdeen on Saturday morning as gusts of up to 85mph were recorded on the nearby Aberdeenshire coast.
A nine-year-old boy in Winnothdale, Staffordshire also died after being hit by a falling tree on Saturday afternoon.
In Bradford, a man escaped with only cuts and bruises after his van was crushed by a tree.
Falling trees and branches have also brought down power lines leaving thousands of homes in Scotland and England without electricity.
Police Scotland urged people to avoid travel unless “absolutely essential”.
An amber weather warning for wind was in place in along the east coast of Scotland and the north-east of England.
Winds topping 100mph were recorded in parts of Scotland on Saturday, with one meteorologist claiming to have seen speeds of 147mph at Cairngorm summit in the Scottish Highlands.
Deputy First Minister John Swinney said:
“On behalf of the Scottish Government, I would like to offer sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the lady who died in Aberdeen this morning.
“Damage has been widespread across the country but the intensity of the impact is being felt very much in the northeast of Scotland. SSEN have engineers out across the area and will continue to assess the damage caused to their network and the extent of repairs needed.
“We know that power has already been restored to more than 33,000 homes, but an estimated 53,000 customers remain without supply and unfortunately we think about 20,000 of these will probably still be off supply overnight. As Storm Malik will be followed shortly by Storm Corrie, disruption could last for a number of days.
Storm Malik is set to bring wild weather to the North East this weekend.
The storm – named Malik by the Danish Meteorological Institute – is expected to bring in winds reaching up to 80mph in coastal areas, but more widely 60mph, as it tracks eastward towards Denmark.
An amber warning has been extended to cover parts of the North East and is set to be in place until 3pm on Saturday.
The Met Office issued two weather warnings for the North East this weekend.
Both warnings predict ‘strong winds’ of up to 50-60mph which are likely to cause travel chaos and large waves in coastal areas.
Due to strong gusts, some roads and bridges may close while power cuts and mobile coverage may also be affected.
The first weather warning is in place from 4am to 3pm on Saturday, January 29.
The second warning covers from 6pm on Sunday until 12pm on Monday, January 31.
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