Storm Corrie Scotland: 90mph winds to batter parts of the country as Met Office issue amber warning

The Met Office has issued amber and yellow warnings for wind as Storm Corrie sweeps in during the afternoon and continues into Monday.

There will be gusts of up to 70-80mph and potentially up to 90mph around coastal areas.

The strongest winds are expected over the northern half of the country.

It follows just one day after Storm Malik as two people died in separate incidents due to high winds.

A 60-year-old woman and a 32-year-old man have both been tragically killed amid the storm’s chaos.

The 60-year-old was sadly killed by a falling tree in Aberdeen.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Emergency services were called to Deveron Road in Aberdeen around 10.30am on Saturday January 29 to reports of a sudden death of a 60-year-old woman.

“There are no suspicious circumstances. A report will now be sent to the Procurator Fiscal.”

The 32-year-old man was the driver of a lorry that crashed on the M74 this morning.

The two vehicle smash saw the lorry blown over by the wind and crash into another car after ploughing through the central reservation.

He was pronounced dead at the scene while the driver of the other car, a black Land Rover was left badly shaken by the crash.

Police believe the HGV was blown over by the wind and are continuing to probe the crash.

Winds of over 100mph have been reported in parts of Scotland, with widespread disruption to travel and power supplies.

Weather warnings are in place across all of Scotland for most of Saturday due to the high winds and rain.

Up to 65,000 homes were left without power as a result of the storm.

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 permit.”

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

Power companies said they were drafting in emergency repair crews from as far away as North Wales and Shropshire to restore supplies to around 65,000 customers from Aberdeenshire to the Borders.

TRANSPORT CHAOS

Storm Malik paralysed Scotland’s transport network, cancelling trains, planes and ferries and cutting the country’s two major road links to the south.

The M74 in the west and A1 on the east coast were blocked in both directions as the country was battered by winds blowing to hurricane force.  A gust of 147mph was recorded on Cairngorm Summit, according to STV weatherman, Sean Batty.

The storm was sufficiently strong to spark chaos on the roads.   The Tay Bridge in Dundee was completely closed for many hours, forcing drivers on a long detour via Perth.

The Queensferry Crossing over the Forth was shut to high-sided vehicles, despite the wind shields fitted to the side of the £1.35 billion bridge.

There were further restrictions on the Kessock and Friarton bridges and the Erskine bridge was closed in the afternoon, due to a police incident.

Fallen trees blocked a procession of main roads, including the A96, A92, A7, A9, A90, A702, A68, A86 and A702.

The A1 was closed by a fallen tree at Cockburnspath and again between Dunbar and Innerwick due to live electricity cables falling onto the carriageway.

The M74 was shut in both directions between Junctions 10 and 11, near Lanark, following an accident. The M73 was shut northbound in Lanarkshire due to yet another crash.

Police warned drivers only to travel if absolutely necessary during an ‘amber’ warning for the east of the country between 7am and 3pm.

In Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, a tree falling from Rouken Glen Park shut the adjoining Davieland Road until it could be removed.

Elsewhere, traffic lights were blown over in Glasgow city centre, causing chaos for drivers.

TRAINS HIT BY HEAVY DISRUPTION

ScotRail services saw heavy disruption with several routes blocked by falling trees and issues with overhead wires.

Speed restrictions were in place on some routes but others had to be cancelled altogether.

Hundreds of trains were cancelled, during what is described by Scotrail as a ‘temporary’ timetable.

There were no services between Aberdeen and Inverness, Aberdeen and Dundee, Inverness to Kyle and Wick, Inverness to Perth and Glasgow to Oban and Mallaig.

Network Rail workers have been responding to reports of fallen trees attempting to clear any blockages.

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 cancelled with no new dates set for the games.

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.

“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.

IMPACT OF STORM ‘SEVERE’

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon warned some people in parts of the north-east may be without power over the weekend and offered her condolences to the families of those who died.

In a statement on Twitter, she said: “Chaired Scottish Government resilience meeting on weather earlier.

“Impact of Storm Malik is severe. Power companies working hard to restore supply ASAP but many SSEN customers, especially in NE may be without power over weekend.

“Importance of welfare support and good communication stressed.

“Unfortunately as Malik subsides, Storm Corrie is about to hit from late tomorrow afternoon and may be more severe for parts of Scotland – eg Highlands, Grampian, Tayside than anticipated.

“Please follow Met Office for any updates to the weather warnings in place.

“Tragically, the very severe weather has resulted in loss of life today. My thoughts and condolences are with those affected.”

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