STORM Corrie is hurtling across Britain today, bringing a second hurricane-force gale to 90mph in 48 hours.
With damage from Storm Malik still being cleared, the country is prepared for 90mph winds and the Met Office has issued a ‘life threatening’ warning – with snow expected to hit this week .
Forecasters said further heavy gusts would make travel disruptions likely, with flying debris raising fears of power cuts.
Northern parts of the UK are expected to be hardest hit.
Corrie comes just over 24 hours after Storm Malik – which, with gusts reaching 147mph, caused death and devastation.
Two people died when they were crushed by falling trees, while others had miraculous escapes.
A nine-year-old boy was killed by a falling tree on the Heath House estate, in Tean, Staffs, around 1pm on Saturday. A 72-year-old man, also injured, was still being treated in hospital last night.
They were thought to be part of a pheasant hunting party on the 400 acre estate, but were not believed to be related to each other.
A worker on the estate, who did not want to be named, said: ‘It was just an unfortunate accident where a tree fell in a gust of wind and hit the little boy and the man.
Cops confirmed the tragic death, with a Staffordshire Police spokesman saying in a statement: ‘Police received a report at 1pm this afternoon that a tree had fallen on a boy and a man, in an area near Hollington Road, Winnothdale, near Théan.
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“The man and boy were taken to Royal Stoke University Hospital.
“Unfortunately, despite the best efforts of medical staff, a nine-year-old boy died.
“The boy’s family is being supported by specially trained officers. The man remains in hospital.
“A scene remains at the scene, where people are asked to avoid the area.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a case will be prepared for the coroner.”
A 60-year-old woman was also killed by a falling tree in Aberdeen.
Sky Sports journalist Keith Downie’s two cars – a £42,000 BMW – were destroyed when a century-old oak tree was knocked down outside his home in Newcastle.
The 39-year-old presenter said: “I heard this huge noise. I could see both cars were wiped out.
A woman had to be cut from her car when a tree ran over her in Altrincham, Gtr Manchester.
And another VW driver was lucky enough to escape to Huddersfield.
A major incident was declared in County Durham on Saturday due to fallen trees and power lines. Northern Powergrid said 80,000 people had been affected.
In Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, a roof was ripped off a terraced house. St Romald’s Church, in Romaldkirk, Co Durham, escaped damage when a large tree fell a few steps away, while a van was crushed nearby at Barnard Castle.
The Met Office names the storms in alphabetical order and invites suggestions from the public. But Denmark nominated Storm Malik as he was expected to hit hardest there.
Meanwhile, in South Shields, high winds caused a wall to crumble over a father-of-two’s £25,000 Range Rover – the debris missing him by seconds.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: ‘Emergency services were called to Deveron Road in Aberdeen at around 10.30am on Saturday January 29 to report the sudden death of a 60-year-old woman.
Tragedy is believed to have struck when a tree was knocked down by high winds.
The orange alert covered large parts of eastern Scotland, with the Met Office warning that “injury and life-threatening could occur”.
A yellow warning replaced orange on Saturday, with alerts expected to remain in place until Monday.
Restaurant boss Russel Choudary, 40, had just parked his car when a strong gust sent plunging edges to his white Range Rover, crushing the roof completely.
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He said MailOnline“If I had moved him a minute earlier, I would have been killed.
“No sooner had I reached my front door than the bricks crumbled. I could have been inside that car. It’s not worth thinking about.
“There’s no way I would have survived. I feel very lucky to be alive.”
The dad had only had his car for two years.
Sunday’s yellow warnings are expected to continue into the new week.
Meanwhile, more than 36,000 homes are now without power in Northumberland and County Durham following extreme weather conditions, according to Northern Powergrid.
And it looks like February is shaping up to be a turbulent month with the elements, as a mix of wet and windy weather with snow causes chaos.
Met meteorologist James Madden said cold and snow would approach from the north early in the month, with wintry downpours potentially reaching the capital.
Long-term forecasts suggest snow could fall in northern regions if freezing temperatures continue.
The risk of snow could last at least until February 11, according to forecasts, after parts of the country become soggy with rain and white stuff.
John Hammond, Chief Meteorologist for weather trend said: “There are signs of a busier start to February – at times it feels wetter and windier than most of the previous month.
“We could see colder weather starting to make sharper inroads from the north in the early days of the new month, turning some of that rain to snow.”