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Hurricane Katia claims first victim as it heads to Britain

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on September 12, 2011

A satellite image of Hurricane Katia (Pic: AFP/NASA)

Hurricane Katia has claimed its first reported victim as it heads for Britain.

Thomas Clarke, 33, was struck by a “huge” wave and swept out to sea on Friday.

Rescuers retrieved his camera bag and shoes but his body could not be found.

Winds of up to 80mph are expected to cause disruption to northern England and Scotland when the storm arrives here today.

Last night 30ft waves were battering the west coast of Ireland.

Mr Clarke, of County Cavan, Northern Ireland, was swept away in Maine, US. He was visiting America for a friend’s wedding.

Billy Payne, forecaster for MeteoGroup, said last night: “There is potential for damage, especially with trees, and the winds will be strong enough to cause some structural problems.”

high winds will be accompanied by heavy rain and the Environment Agency has issued several flood alerts for inland and coastal areas.

An alert – which warns that flooding is possible – has been issued along the North Sea coast in Yorkshire between Bridlington and Barmston with people being told to be aware of overtopping spray and waves at high tide.

The western coast of Anglesey has also been issued with an alert with waves of up to two metres high expected to lash certain areas, while water levels at Derwent Water, Cumbria, remain high.

The Met Office has issued severe weather warnings for today, warning people in Northern Ireland, central and south west Scotland and north west and north east England to be prepared.

The warning, classed as an amber alert, said: “The remains of Hurricane Katia are expected to come across the UK on Monday bringing a spell of very windy weather.

“There remains some uncertainty about its track and intensity, though with increasing indications that Scotland and Northern Ireland are most likely to bear the brunt.

“The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport and of the possibility of damage to trees and structures.”

Katia is the second major hurricane of the 2011 Atlantic hurricane season and was rated as a category four hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane scale at its peak.

The scale rates hurricanes from one to five, with five being the strongest.

The cycling Tour of Britain also faces disruption with riders tackling a route from Kendal to Blackpool, an area likely to be affected by the inclement weather conditions.

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