LONDON, January 30th. (DPA/EP) –
A storm christened “Malik” hit the North Sea and various parts of Europe this Saturday, killing two people in the UK, including a minor.
A nine-year-old boy has died in the English town of Winnothdale after a tree fell on him, local police said. Another man who was with him at the time was seriously injured.
In the city of Aberdeen on the east coast of Scotland, a 60-year-old woman has also died after being hit by a tree.
On the east coast of Scotland, where two Premier League football games have been canceled as a precaution, gusts of wind are reaching speeds of almost 10 kilometers per hour.
Across the UK, the storm left more than 130,000 homes without power.
‘MALIK’ ALSO ARRIVES IN DENMARK AND GERMANY
Storm Malik has also reached Denmark, where 10,000 workers are prepared for all kinds of emergencies, according to the Ritzau news agency.
In the Danish city of Frederikssund, 20 people who needed help every day have been taken to a safe place because their attention could not be guaranteed in the event of flooding, television channel TV2 said this Saturday.
According to the radio station DR, almost all regional train services in the Danish capital Copenhagen have been stopped and the Öresund Bridge, which connects Denmark with Sweden, has been closed due to the storm.
In Germany, the weather service has meanwhile warned of hurricane-force winds in the north-eastern half of the country. The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency has also issued storm surge warnings for German coastal areas.
The Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency warns that the water level in the Elbe area around Hamburg could be 2.5 to 3 meters above the average high water level. Water levels are expected to peak around 1:50 p.m. local time on Sunday. There are similar indications for the Frisian Islands of Germany.
In the German states of Schleswig-Holstein, Lower Saxony and Bremen, police and fire services have been repeatedly called out to intervene in incidents caused by extreme weather, fallen trees, loose roof tiles and other mishaps.
According to its spokesman, the Schleswig-Holstein state control center has received around 200 calls in just over four hours since noon.
Several rail connections in the northernmost state of Schleswig-Holstein have also been canceled or delayed.