A nine-year-old boy and a 60-year-old woman have been killed by falling trees in strong winds caused by Storm Malik.
The youngster died after a tree fell on him and a man in Winnothdale, Staffordshire, at around 1pm on Saturday.
Both were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital, where the boy passed away and the man remains for treatment.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner, the force added.
It was confirmed earlier that a 60-year-old woman had died after being hit by a fallen tree in Aberdeen. Scotland has seen winds of more than 100mph.
It comes as parts of the country reel from the impact of Storm Malik, with more than 130,000 homes and businesses suffering power cuts and widespread travel disruption.
And there are warnings another storm – Corrie – is set to batter the UK with strong winds, snow and heavy rain within hours.
Widespread power outages
Northern Powergrid said about 48,000 of its customers had their power restored as of 4pm – out of more than 78,000 affected since the problems began, mostly in the Northumberland and County Durham area.
It is currently responding to more than 600 concurrent reports of damage, which will require repair.
Many of those affected were also left without power following Storm Arwen late last year, with criticism then of the government’s slow response.
Chorus of ‘whoops’ as power restored to town
There was a small chorus of ‘whoops’ as the lights in the pub and several shops and houses came back on around 9pm. Rothbury in Northumberland had been without power all day, but the engineers working to undo Storm Malik’s damage were finally successful, at least for this town.
A local mobile fish and chip shop – and its generator – provided a hot dinner for most residents before the electricity was restored.
“We’re not normally out on a Saturday night so it’s what stock we’ve got left. But we’ve done our best to feed as many people as possible,” said Mary Wilkins, who owns Rothbury Food Truck.
We met Lynne Farquha who lives nearby as she came to pick up dinner for her family, she was disappointed to find the fish had run out.
“I have a little boy he needs to be kept warm and fed and watered and it’s really hard,” she said.
Thankfully the return of the electricity will keep much of the town warm tonight. But they are still vulnerable as Storm Corrie approaches.
This town knows only too well the devastating effect that a big storm can have. Arwen’s destruction in November is still fresh in their memory.
“We were hit badly and there were properties that were without power for up to eleven days,” said local councilor Steven Bridgett.
Stewart Sexton, 58, in Alnwick, was left without power after the damage caused by Arwen – and has found himself fighting to heat his home again.
He told PA news agency: “It’s exactly like last time – no light, heat, hot water, no mobile signal in our village, which in itself is disgraceful.
“We can not do anything, it’s awful here. Will we be left 10 days this time without heat, water, or mobile signal? I am standing on a hill to get this message to you.”
Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) said 52,300 homes and businesses lost electricity, impacting those mainly in Aberdeenshire, Angus, Perthshire, and the Moray Coast.
An update at 11am said only 3,800 were reconnected due to “significant damage” to the network caused by wind-blown trees and debris.
SP Energy Networks, the company responsible for electricity transmission in central and southern Scotland, issued safety advice to its customers around potential power cuts.
It said they should keep a battery or wind-up torch on hand and keep mobile phones fully charged, while saying people should beware of fallen power lines.
Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon described the impact of Storm Malik as “severe” and said many SSEN customers may be left without power over the weekend.
In Greater Manchester, a woman had to be rescued by firefighters after a tree fell onto the roof of her car.
She received first aid from a fire service technician before being transferred to the care of the North West Ambulance Service.
Another tree crushed a van in Apperley Bridge, Bradford – just moments after the man inside had got out.
Storm Corrie due to bring even more dangerous winds
The extensive damage caused by Malik is due to be followed by Storm Corrie, which is expected to hit the UK on Sunday.
The storm will move eastwards through Scotland, continuing across the North Sea in the early hours of Monday.
Gusts of 70-80mph are expected in the late afternoon and evening, reaching up to 90mph in exposed coastal areas and mountainous regions.
Sky’s meteorologist Chris England said Corrie “will bring strong winds to most later [on Sunday] and into Monday, with gales on northern and western coasts and hills which will be severe in places “.
“There’ll be some heavy rain in the north and west too, with snow on the Scottish hills,” he added.
Dan Suri, chief meteorologist at the Met Office, said: “With back-to-back storms there could be updates to severe weather warnings, so keep an eye on the Met Office forecast.”
Amber and yellow wind warnings from Sunday
The Met Office has issued an amber warning for wind over northern Scotland on Sunday night, with gusts possibly reaching 90mph in the most exposed spots and up to 70mph an hour inland.
There are yellow warnings in place for many other places, stretching from Norwich to Manchester and Liverpool, reaching St Asaph in Wales and Newtonabbey in Northern Ireland.
Power cuts are possible, as well as injuries and “danger to life” from large waves and beach material being thrown up into the air.
Some roads and bridges could close, with cancellations possible on some public transport services.
Mobile phone coverage may be affected.
Strong winds on Saturday due to Storm Malik
Because of Storm Malikan amber weather warning was issued for eastern Scotland from 7am to 3pm on Saturday.
Two Scottish Premiership fixtures due to be played today at Aberdeen and Dundee were postponed over safety concerns about the weather.
A yellow wind warning was issued for Scotland, Northern Ireland and northern England until 3pm on Saturday – with others extending until 8pm in Orkney and Shetland and 6pm in North Yorkshire and around Newcastle.
The Met Office said some of the highest winds reported on Saturday were 93mph in Brizlee Wood, Northumberland, and 85mph in Inverbervie, Kincardineshire.
Weather will remain windy early next week
Storm Corrie is set to clear on Monday, but the UK’s weather will remain blustery through the start of the week, with occasional spells of rain, especially in the North West.
But it will feel mild, as temperatures above 10C (50F) are expected by Tuesday.