Post-Tropical Storm Katia Batters Britain

Posted September 12th, 2011 at 11:30 pm (UTC-5)
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The remains of Hurricane Katia blew ashore in much of Britain and Ireland Monday, bringing some of the worst weather in the region in 15 years.

Forecasters are predicting heavy rain and wind gusts of nearly 135 kilometers per hour.

British officials say Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and northeastern England are among the regions hit by the storm.

At least one storm-related death has been reported in Britain. A driver was killed when a tree fell on his car. Rescuers also had to pull an 11-year-old boy to safety when a garage roof collapsed around him.

Ferry service has been cancelled and officials have issued an “Amber Alert” – the Met Office's second-highest warning. Authorities are urging coastal residents to watch out for floods and other weather-related hazards. Britain's Met Office – the country's weather service – says large waves may breech coastal sea defenses.

By Monday night, tens of thousands of power outages were reported across the region.