Post-Tropical Storm Katia Continues to Batter British Isles

Posted September 13th, 2011 at 5:50 am (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 more rain Tuesday with wind gusts of nearly 100 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 services between Britain and Ireland and between Britain and Europe have 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.