Storm Corrie damage: power cuts, closures and traffic disruption explained - hours after Storm Malik hits UK

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Storm Malik and Storm Corrie wreaked havoc across northern parts of the country with thousands of people losing water and electricity supplies

Thousands of homes remained without power as back-to-back storms hampered efforts to reconnect them over the weekend.

The latest, Storm Corrie, brought winds of more than 90mph to Stornoway in the Western Isles of Scotland late on Sunday (30 January).

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It comes after Storm Malik caused devastation and disruption in parts of Staffordshire and Aberdeen as two people lost their lives on Saturday (29 January).

A person on a windy Tynemouth beach on the North East during Storm Malik on 29 January (image: PA)A person on a windy Tynemouth beach on the North East during Storm Malik on 29 January (image: PA)
A person on a windy Tynemouth beach on the North East during Storm Malik on 29 January (image: PA) | PA

Storm Malik: what happened as first storm hit the UK?

Storm Malik damaged power lines and ripped roofs off homes in the North of England and Scotland on 29 January.

Widespread disruption was reported and sadly, a 9-year-old boy in Staffordshire and a 60-year-old woman in Aberdeen both died from falling trees.

Gusts of more than 100mph were also recorded in northern parts of the UK while wind speeds peaked at 147mph in the Cairngorms.

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Northern Powergrid said Storm Malik was worse than forecast and led to around 80,000 people losing power – mainly in County Durham and Northumberland – but it was not as devastating as Storm Arwen as there was no snow and ice this time.

A house on Overhill terrace in Bensham, Gateshead, lost its roof after strong winds from Storm Malik battered northern parts of the UK (image: PA)A house on Overhill terrace in Bensham, Gateshead, lost its roof after strong winds from Storm Malik battered northern parts of the UK (image: PA)
A house on Overhill terrace in Bensham, Gateshead, lost its roof after strong winds from Storm Malik battered northern parts of the UK (image: PA) | PA

Work had been put in place to make sure Scotland was better prepared too, Deputy First Minister John Swinney said.

He told the BBC’s Good Morning Scotland radio programme: “I think it was very clear that there was a much stronger join-up between the power companies and the local resilience partnerships over the course of the weekend.

“There has been and continues to be an extensive network of various centres and catering facilities available for people around about the communities that are affected by the loss of power, and individual contacts by the power companies with individuals.”

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Storm Corrie: what happened after second storm arrived?

On 31 January, Northern Powergrid said 7,000 customers were without power – 4,000 still affected by Storm Malik and another 3,000 by Corrie.

According to reports, around 37,000 homes in northern Scotland were without power after the two storms which came within 48 hours of each other.

In a statement on the firm’s website, it said: “There is still a lot to do – we have around 200 incidents to restore supplies to those customers across Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne and Wear.

“We have imported additional resources into the region and we are confident that we will successfully restore supplies for the vast majority of those customers – and we intend to do everything we can to get them all done.

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“There is the possibility that a small number will run into Tuesday – the weather has caused us some additional disruption overnight that we also need to handle during the course of today.”

The firm insisted it had learned lessons from November’s Storm Arwen, which led to widespread complaints about the way it communicated with customers who had lost power.

Several schools in Aberdeenshire and Northumberland said they will be shut or will delay opening on Monday as rail passengers face major disruption as services between Edinburgh and Newcastle are suspended due to the storm.

A fallen tree blocks a road in Woodlesford in West Yorkshire, as gusts of up to 80mph battered northern areas of the UK as Storm Malik swept in (image: PA)A fallen tree blocks a road in Woodlesford in West Yorkshire, as gusts of up to 80mph battered northern areas of the UK as Storm Malik swept in (image: PA)
A fallen tree blocks a road in Woodlesford in West Yorkshire, as gusts of up to 80mph battered northern areas of the UK as Storm Malik swept in (image: PA) | PA

What will the weather be like this week?

Storm Corrie pushed into the North Sea in the early hours of Monday, leaving cold and blustery conditions behind.

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Met Office spokesman Richard Miles said the next few days will be much calmer before a cold snap with wintry showers hits the UK on Thursday, followed by milder weather over the weekend.

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