Storm Corrie’s impact ‘likely to be significant’

The impact of Storm Corrie “is likely to be significant,” Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said.

His warning came as parts of the UK braced for the impending storm and its strong winds that could bring gusts of up to 90mph to parts of Scotland and northern England on Sunday.

Power companies said around 34,000 customers remained without power in northern England and Scotland on Sunday after devastating high winds from Storm Malik the day before.

A nine-year-old boy in Staffordshire and a 60-year-old woman in Aberdeen died after gusts of wind toppled trees on Saturday.

Ms Sturgeon, who had just chaired a climate resilience meeting, tweeted on Sunday: “There are amber/yellow @metoffice warnings for all of Scotland as Storm Corrie approaches; heed the warnings and be careful. Impacts from the storm are likely to be significant tonight and tomorrow.

“Work continues to repair the damage caused by the Malik storm. Tens of thousands have already had their power reconnected; however, many will be out of power again tonight and some, especially in the Northeast, may not work until Tuesday. Welfare arrangements are in place.”

“Special arrangements for vulnerable clients remain in place and local resilience associations continue to work with councils to provide wellness support.”

The Weather Bureau, which has warned “damaging wind gusts are possible later today and overnight through Monday morning,” said Storm Corrie will bring gusts of up to 90 mph to exposed coastal locations in northern California. Scotland, and gusts to 70-80 mph in the north.

It will move east across Scotland on Sunday and cross the North Sea in the early hours of Monday.

Amber and yellow weather warnings for wind across northern parts of Scotland from Sunday through Monday morning are in effect.

They state that “debris is likely to fly and could cause injury or be life-threatening”, while there may be some damage to trees and buildings, which could include shingles that have come loose from roofs.

The Met Office also issued ice warnings covering Grampian, Highlands and Eilean Siar, Strathclyde and Fife on Monday as winter rains and falling temperatures after Storm Corrie may freeze untreated surfaces.

It said: “In the aftermath of Storm Corrie, falling temperatures may allow for a brief period of snow in some areas, mainly in the foothills.

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“Later in the evening, clearer skies and winter showers are expected, more frequent in the north west and north of Scotland, and few and far between in the eastern areas.

“This is likely to cause icing on untreated surfaces, while strong northwesterly winds may cause temporary blizzard conditions over high ground, with 1-2cm of snow above 200m and perhaps a few cm on the higher routes”.

Earlier, Northern Powergrid said around 80,000 customers, almost all in Northumberland and County Durham, had been affected by power outages and as many as 16,000 customers were still without power after being hit by Storm Malik.

Some 7,500 homes are expected to be without power by the end of Sunday, the Scottish government said in an update at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Those without power at the end of the day could wait until Tuesday before their service is restored.

Deputy Prime Minister John Swinney said: “Power companies have hired a large number of additional engineers and are making significant progress in reconnecting customers.

“However, we must be aware that the arrival of Storm Corrie could hinder these efforts and add more problems.

“For those who will unfortunately be without power tonight, alternative accommodation support is available to anyone in need.”

SSEN’s Richard Gough said that due to the extent of damage from Storm Malik, “coupled with the expected impact of Storm Corrie, we expect the full restoration of customer supplies from both storms to extend Until the first part of next week. .

It added: “Therefore, we remind all customers who remain without supply that they may consider making alternative arrangements, where possible.”

Rural Aberdeenshire is among the worst affected areas and some customers in Angus, Highlands, the Moray coast and Perthshire are still waiting for supplies to be restored.

A car crushed by falling bricks in Seaton Sluice, Northumberland (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Northern Powergrid director Paul Glendinning warned that “a relatively small proportion of our customers are likely to remain without power beyond Sunday night” due to damage from both storms.

He said power has been restored to more than 60,000 customers.

Durham County Council, which has offered free food and hot drinks to households without electricity, tweeted: “We are continuing our clean-up efforts following the impact of #StormMalik.

“Our crews are out again today clearing blocked roads, trails and debris to keep our county open.”

A car that had been crushed by falling bricks after Storm Malik was seen in Seaton Sluice, Northumberland.

ScotRail said all its services will be withdrawn from 6pm on Sunday due to “very strong winds” in an effort to “protect passengers and rail staff, ScotRail’s domestic services”.

Network Rail Scotland, which said “all parts of the railway are working together”, added that any other trains running on Sunday night will be limited to a maximum speed of 40mph and operators are looking at how this will affect passengers. travels.

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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