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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. Read the rest of this entry »

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