Back-to-back storms with gusts above 90mph hit parts of the UK
Schools will be closed and thousands of people are without power after back-to-back storms hit parts of the UK.
A cold and windy start to Monday follows a stormy weekend of devastating winds in northern England and Scotland.
A nine-year-old boy in Staffordshire and a 60-year-old woman in Aberdeen died after trees felled during Storm Malik on Saturday.
Storm Corrie hit a day later and its gusts are expected to slowly recede Monday morning.
The strongest gust during Storm Malik was 93mph at Brizlee Wood, Northumberland, on Saturday morning, but there were also winds that hit 80mph over large areas of Scotland and 70mph in northern Scotland. England throughout the day.
Met Office meteorologist Alex Burkill said: ‘It’s exceptionally strong at any time of year and it’s no wonder there have been significant impacts such as power outages and damage to buildings. It is very unfortunate that things were worse than that for some people.
Several schools in Aberdeenshire said they would be closed or delayed opening on Monday as they struggled with electricity and heating issues.
Storm Corrie moved east across Scotland on Sunday and is expected to cross the North Sea in the early hours of Monday.
Winds of 92mph were recorded at Stornoway in the Western Isles as Storm Corrie began battering the UK on Sunday evening.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said the impact of Storm Corrie is “likely significant”.
She tweeted on Sunday: “Work to repair the damage caused by Storm Malik continues. Tens of thousands of people have already been reconnected to power – however many will remain out of service again tonight and some, particularly in the northeast, could be cut off until Tuesday. Social arrangements are in place.
“Special arrangements remain in place for vulnerable clients and local resilience partnerships continue to work with councils to provide social support.”
Strong winds are expected into the early hours of Monday and they could affect parts of Norfolk where big waves could hit the coast.
Weather warnings for the wind in the north of Scotland are in effect.
Forecasters said people should beware of flying debris which could lead to injuries, and there could be damage to buildings, including blown tiles from roofs.
Mr Burkill said: ‘It’s not just the strong winds that are causing problems – there is also the risk of ice in parts of Scotland until early Monday morning.
“There will be winter showers. Emergency services are trying to get out, utility companies are trying to make repairs and so the freezing conditions aren’t going to make it easy for them.
Ice warnings were issued by the Met Office on Monday covering Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, Strathclyde and Fife as falling temperatures after Storm Corrie could see snowfall and make untreated surfaces icy.
Hotel worker Clare Stirling-Turnbull, 47, from Powburn, Northumberland, has been without heat or power since 9am on Saturday.
To make matters worse, one of the children in her family of six has Covid and is currently in self-isolation.
She said, “So we can’t go to relatives…we don’t have electricity, heating or hot water – we have a wood stove, so we can heat a room.”
The family was “well prepared” with a gas grill, candles and hot water bottles, she said.
Northern Powergrid said around 80,000 customers, almost all in Northumberland and County Durham, had been affected by power outages.
Director Paul Glendinning said: “Given what we know now, we expect around 4,000 customers will still be out of supply heading into tomorrow (Monday). We have confirmed that there are approximately 200 damage points on the low voltage network which will only reconnect a small number of clients for each repair.
Some 7,500 households are expected to be without power by the end of Sunday, the Scottish government said in an update at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney said: ‘Power companies have brought in large numbers of additional engineers and are making significant progress in reconnecting customers.
“However, we must be aware that the arrival of Storm Corrie could hamper these efforts and add other problems.
“For those who unfortunately will not have electricity tonight, support with alternative accommodation is available for anyone who needs it.”
Richard Gough of Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said “we expect full restoration of supply to customers from both storms to extend into early next week”.
Rural Aberdeenshire is among the hardest hit areas and some customers in Angus, the Highlands, the Moray Coast and Perthshire were still waiting for supplies to be restored.
Durham County Council, which provided free hot food and drink to households without power, sent teams to clear blocked roads, footpaths and debris.
ScotRail said it withdrew all services on Sunday evening in a bid to “protect passengers and rail staff”.
Network Rail Scotland, which said ‘all parts of the railway work together’, added that all other trains running on Sunday evening had a top speed of 40mph.