Woman killed by tree as Storm Malik batters UK


A woman has died after strong winds from Storm Malik caused a tree to uproot and fall in Aberdeen.

Police Scotland confirmed that the extreme weather affecting the north of the UK had led to the death of a 60-year-old-woman this morning.

Winds of over 100mph have caused major disruption to travel and power supplies in parts of Scotland.

Weather warnings of rain and high winds are in place across Scotland, northern England and parts of Northern Ireland.

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Emergency services were called to Deveron Road in Aberdeen around 10.30am this morning, where they confirmed the death.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances and a report will now be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.

On Saturday morning, meteorologist for the broadcaster STV Sean Batty tweeted: “Had an extreme like of 147mph recorded on the Cairngorm summit an hour ago.

“This is an incredible strength, but still a way off from the record of 173mph recorded back in 1986.”

Storm Malik is battering northern parts of the UK

Power supplies and mobile phone coverage has been affected, with Northern Powergrid saying: “Storm Malik is causing disruption to our network as it continues to move across our operating area.

“Our teams are responding, restoring power through alternative routes on our network where possible, assessing damage and co-ordinating repairs wherever conditions allow.”

SP Energy Networks, the company responsible for electricity transmission in central and southern Scotland, issued safety advice around potential power cuts.

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It said customers should keep a battery or wind-up torch to hand and keep mobile phones fully charged, and people should also beware of failed power lines.

Network Rail Scotland said it would introduce some speed restrictions for safety, and have additional staff equipped with chainsaws across the network to deal with blocked tracks.

On Saturday morning it said fallen trees had caused numerous services to be cancelled, including Inverness to Thurso, Perth to Aberdeen, Aberdeen to Dundee and Glasgow Queen Street to Oban.

Two Scottish Premiership games were postponed, with matches between Aberdeen and St Johnstone and Dundee and St Mirren called off due to safety concerns around the stadiums.

A statement on Aberdeen’s website read: “Today’s match against St Johnstone has been postponed due to Storm Malik and safety concerns around the stadium.

“We have been working closely with emergency services and the SPFL throughout the morning, closely monitoring the situation in the hope that conditions might improve to allow the game to be staged, but ultimately the safety of supporters, players and staff is our paramount concern and we would ask everyone to continue to adhere to the guidance being given by Police Scotland.”

The Scottish Premiership confirmed that Dundee’s game at Dens Park was off due to high winds.

The Championship game between Arbroath and Partick Thistle was also canceled with no new dates set for the games.

The extreme weather has affected power and transport in parts of Scotland

Paul Gunderson, chief meteorologist for the Met Office, said: “The impacts of Storm Malik are going to be greatest in Denmark on Sunday, but the track of the storm in the preceding hours means that the UK will be dealt a glancing blow as Malik moves eastwards on Saturday.

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“For those in the north of the UK there will be high winds and rain on Saturday, with showers possibly turning wintry in the high ground in the north.

“The highest winds are expected in exposed coastal areas in the north and east of Scotland, but it will be a windy day for most.”

More very strong winds are expected as another low pressure system moves across northern areas on Sunday, with some snow possible across parts of Scotland.

Another yellow warning for wind is in place for the northern UK from 6pm on Sunday until noon on Monday.


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

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