A woman has been killed and more than 110,000 homes and businesses have suffered power cuts after extreme weather swept parts of UK – amid warnings another storm is set to batter the country with strong winds, snow and heavy rain within hours.
Police said the 60-year-old woman died after being hit by a fallen tree blown over in Aberdeen by gusts from Storm Malik.
Northern Powergrid said about 36,000 of its customers remained without power as of 1pm – out of more than 62,000 affected.
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said 52,300 homes and businesses lost electricity, impacting those mainly in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire and the Moray Coast.
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the impact of Storm Malik as “severe” and said many SSEN customers may be left without power over the weekend.
In Greater Manchester, a woman had to be rescued by firefighters after a tree fell on to the roof of her car.
She received first aid from a fire service technician before being transferred to the care of the North West Ambulance Service.
Another tree crushed a van in Apperley Bridge, Bradford – just moments after the man inside had gotten out.
The extensive damage caused by Malik is due to be followed by Storm Corrie, which is expected to hit the UK on Sunday.
The storm will move eastwards through Scotland, continuing across the North Sea in the early hours of Monday.
Gusts of 70-80mph are expected in the late afternoon and evening, reaching up to 90mph in exposed coastal areas and mountainous regions.
Sky’s meteorologist Chris England said Corrie “will bring strong winds to most later tomorrow and into Monday, with gales on northern and western coasts and hills which will be severe in places”.
“There’ll be some heavy rain in the north and west too, with snow on the Scottish hills,” he added.
Dan Suri, chief meteorologist at the Met Office said: “With back-to-back storms there could be updates to severe weather warnings, so keep an eye on the Met Office forecast.”
Yellow wind warning from Sunday
A yellow warning for wind is in place from 6pm on Sunday to mid-day on Monday, with some travel disruption expected.
The alert covers all of Scotland and stretches from Norwich to Manchester and Liverpool, reaching St Asaph in Wales and Newtonabbey in Northern Ireland.
Power cuts are possible, as well as injuries and “danger to life” from large waves and beach material being thrown up into the air.
Some roads and bridges could close, with cancellations possible on some public transport services.
Mobile phone coverage may be affected.
Strong winds on Saturday due to Storm Malik
Because of Storm Malik, an amber weather warning was issued for eastern Scotland from 7am to 3pm on Sunday.
Two Scottish Premiership fixtures due to be played today at Aberdeen and Dundee were postponed due to safety concerns about the weather.
A yellow wind warning was issued for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England until 3pm on Saturday – with others extending until 8pm in Orkney and Shetland and 6pm in North Yorkshire and around Newcastle.
The Met Office said some of the highest winds reported on Saturday were 93mph in Brizlee Wood, Northumberland, and 85mph in Inverbervie, Kincardineshire.
“Strong winds will continue for a time this afternoon though will start to ease into this evening,” the weather service said, saying northern areas were the ones affected.
In England and Wales, patchy rain will gradually clear southwards, allowing skies to brighten.
Weather will remain windy early next week
Storm Corrie is set to clear on Monday, but the UK’s weather will remain blustery through the start of the week, with occasional spells of rain especially in the North West.
On the bright side, it will feel mild as temperatures over 10C are expected by Tuesday.