A storm nicknamed Malik is lashing across the North Sea and battering parts of Europe, as high winds claimed the lives of two people in Britain.
A nine-year-old boy was killed when a tree fell on him in the English village of Winnothdale, local police said on Saturday. A man accompanying him at the time was seriously injured.
In the city of Aberdeen, on the east coast of Scotland, a 60-year-old woman was also struck by a tree and killed, local police reported.
Winds of almost 140 kilometers per hour have been measured on the east coast of Scotland. Two first division football matches have been canceled as a precaution.
Across Britain, the storm left more than 130,000 homes without power.
Malik also reached Denmark, where 10,000 rescuers were on standby, the Ritzau news agency reported.
In the city of Frederikssund, 20 people in need of daily care were brought to safety because care could not be guaranteed in the event of flooding, television channel TV2 reported on Saturday.
On the island of Zealand, where the Danish capital Copenhagen is located, almost all regional rail traffic had been suspended, according to broadcaster DR.
The Oresund Bridge, which connects Copenhagen to Sweden, was closed due to the storm.
A windy night also awaited northern Germany. The German weather service has warned of strong winds in the northeastern half of the country.
The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency has also issued storm surge warnings for German coastal areas.
Water levels in the Elbe region around Hamburg could be 2.5 to 3 meters higher than average high tide, the agency warned, updating its earlier warning. The water level is expected to peak early Sunday local time.
Similar warnings are in place for the German Frisian Islands.
In the German states of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Bremen, police and firefighters have been repeatedly called in to help with fallen trees, loose tiles and other incidents caused by the extreme weather. .
Schleswig-Holstein’s central regional control center had responded to around 200 calls in four hours on Saturday afternoon, according to a spokesperson.
Several train services in Germany’s northernmost state have been canceled or delayed.
For Scotland, the passage of Storm Malik does not mark the green light: a new storm is approaching the nation and has been named Corrie, according to the Met Office.
Australian Associated Press