Power cuts may last all weekend as second storm batters Scotland

The country braces itself for more weather chaos as Storm Corrie looms in the wake of fatal Storm Malik.

Power cuts may last all weekend as second storm batters Scotland STV News

Homes could be left without power for the rest of the weekend as the impact of another storm is expected to be worse than Storm Malik.

A woman died after being hit by a falling tree in Aberdeen on Saturday as thousands of properties suffered power cuts due to strong gusts battering the country.

Nicola Sturgeon chaired a Scottish Government resilience meeting as winds of more than 100mph were recorded.

On Twitter, the First Minister said the impact of Storm Malik had been “severe”, but that Storm Corrie – due to hit from Sunday afternoon – “may be more severe for parts of Scotland”.

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

“Please follow @metoffice for any updates to the weather warnings in place.”

On Sunday, a new amber weather warning took place in northern parts of Scotland from 5pm to 6am on Monday morning.

Weather warning for Sunday. Website

Deputy first minister John Swinney said: “On behalf of the Scottish Government, I would like to offer sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of the person lady who died in Aberdeen this morning.

“Damage has been widespread across the country but the intensity of the impact is being felt very much in the northeast of Scotland. SSEN have engineers out across the area and will continue to assess the damage caused to their network and the extent of repairs needed.

“We know that power has already been restored to more than 33,000 homes, but an estimated 53,000 customers remain without supply and unfortunately we think about 20,000 of these will probably still be off supply overnight.

“As Storm Malik will be followed shortly by Storm Corrie, disruption could last for a number of days.“Local resilience partnerships are working to put in place welfare support for individuals who have lost power and there are many leisure centres in Aberdeenshire which are providing support for people. Some school catering facilities are also available and power companies have commissioned mobile catering companies.

“The Scottish Government’s resilience committee will continue to monitor the situation overnight and into tomorrow, and keep Ministers fully updated.

“We will remain in close contact with local authorities and the emergency services to ensure people in the affected areas receive the latest information, advice and support where needed.”

As Storm Corrie hits, ScotRail train services have been cancelled early on Sunday evening as a “safety precaution”.

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Storm Corrie has the potential to cause significant disruption to our infrastructure blowing trees onto tracks and damaging equipment.

“A controlled withdrawal of ScotRail services on Sunday evening is the safest way to manage the risks posed by the storm.

“We will be working hard throughout Sunday to respond to any issues caused by Storm Corrie and will reintroduce services as soon as lines are inspected for damage and we are sure it is safe to do so.

”A ScotRail spokesperson said: “We know the impact that the earlier withdrawal of services will have on customers but it’s a necessary step to ensure the safety of our staff and customers due to the severe weather.

“If you have to travel tomorrow, please check the ScotRail app or website before heading to the station. With services being withdrawn in the early evening, we’d ask all customers to carefully plan ahead.”

On Saturday morning, STV meteorologist Sean Batty tweeted: “Had an extreme gust 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.”

Elsewhere, Sean noted 85mph gusts in Inverbervie, Aberdeenshire, and 75mph winds in Wick in the Highlands.

Aboyne in Aberdeenshire has recoded 68mph, Drumalbin in South Lanarkshire has recorded 67mph, and Bishopton in Renfrewshire has recorded 66mph.

 Aberdeenshire: Storm Malik is expected to ease off by Monday. STV News

Storm Malik battered the country on Saturday and left thousands of homes without power.

Around 48,500 properties have suffered power cuts in the Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire and the Moray Coast.

Another 6000 households are waiting to be reconnected in the Borders and Lothian.

Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks announced it has moved to Red Alert status following the disruption.

A spokesperson said: “We have experienced over 200 faults on our high voltage network and our operational teams have successfully restored power to around 45,000 customers in extremely challenging conditions.

“Around 25,000 customers currently remain off supply, with the main areas affected being rural Aberdeenshire and the Moray Coast, with pockets of customers also off supply in Angus, the Highlands and Perthshire.

Tree down near Banchory.STV News

“Whilst every effort will be made to restore power to as many customers as possible tonight, there will be customers who remain off supply overnight, with the full restoration of all customer supplies likely to extend across multiple days.”

The main areas which are likely to be most affected by prolonged outages are North East – Aberchider, Finzean, Monymusk, Newburgh, Rothienorman, Strachan, Whitehouse- AlfordGrantown on Spey area – Balindalloch, Boat of Garten, Dalwhinnie, Kingussie

Roads were also affected.

The A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route was partially blocked due to a fallen tree just north of Cleanhill Roundabout.

The A1 was closed in both directions between Dunbar and Innerwick in East Lothian as emergency services deal with fallen live cables.

The A68 at Melrose in the Borders was restricted in both directions due to debris on the carriageway.

ScotRail also withdrew a number of services as a safety precaution after trees were brought down on the Highland mainline, West Highland Railway Line and Aberdeen-Dundee line.

On Saturday morning, services were suspended between Dundee-Aberdeen, Aberdeen-Inverness, Inverness-Kyle/Wick/Thurso and on the West Highland Railway Line north of Helensburgh.

 Network Rail Scotland: A tree on a railway line. Website

Paul McKay, from ScotRail, told STV News: “We’ve seen significant impact from the storm with a number of routes having to be closed because of falling trees and debris on the line.

“Our colleagues in Network Rail Scotland have been out today clearing those routes to try and get services up and running as quickly as possible but we appreciate the frustrations that that will have for customers not being able to travel but it’s absolutely in the best interest of everyone that we don’t run trains on some routes at the moment given the impact of the storm.”

Speed restrictions were also put in place on the East Coast Mainline, North Berwick branch line, and Borders Railway.

Liam Sumpter, Network Rail route director for Scotland, said: “We have taken the decision to stop trains running in some parts of the country while we assess the impact of Storm Malik on our infrastructure.

“The safety of our customers and colleagues is always our first consideration during severe weather.”

Tree fallen in Huntly, Aberdeenshire.STV News

Mr Sumpter added: “We have teams in place across the country ready to react quickly to cut back trees and repair any damage caused by the weather.

“We will reopen the affected lines as quickly as we can for our customers, but are urging passengers to check their journey before traveling.”

Fears for towers of Old Trinity College.Google Maps

Meanwhile residents in the west end of Glasgow were also evacuated from there homes over fears the high winds had exacerbated existing structural issues with the towers of Old Trinity College.

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said it would likely be “considerably longer than 24 hours” before residents could return home.

Sunday/Monday weather warning

Sunday: New amber weather alert for windWebsite

Yellow weather alert: 3pm on Sunday until 12pm on Monday.

Amber weather alert: 5pm on Sunday until 6am on Monday.

Top tips in the event of a power outage

Have the national 105 emergency helpline on hand: It’s best to keep this on the fridge or saved in the contacts on your mobile phone.

Store a battery or wind-up torch: Leave this somewhere you can access easily so you can use the torch to check on the fuse box and make your way around the house safely.

Beware of fallen powerlines: Powerlines may have fallen because of high winds so beware of this when venturing out of your home.

Keep your mobile phone charged: Having your mobile phone charged means you can call the 105 emergency helpline if needed. It’s also worth having an analogue phone as this doesn’t run off the main electricity supply.

Join the free Priority Services Register: If electricity is crucial to your health or you just need a little extra help, ask to be included on SP Energy Networks’ Priority Services Register by calling 0330 1010 167 or texting PSR to 61999.

For more information, click here.

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