Monday, September 12, 2011

Trees ripped up and ferries cancelled as Hurricane Katia hits Britain in 'worst storm since 1996' - 12th Sept 2011

Winds of up to 80mph have battered Britain today, causing widespread damage and power cuts in the worst storm to hit the UK in 15 years.

Power to thousands of homes in central England was knocked out as the tail end of Hurricane Katia hit the country.

Ports around Britain have been battered by huge waves leading to the cancellation of ferries while trees have been uprooted, causing damage to cars and houses.

The swirling remnants of Hurricane Katia have crossed the Atlantic and hit land by this morning, sweeping across large swathes of the country.

Forecasters issued urgent weather alerts for Scotland, Northern Ireland, the North East, North West and parts of the Midlands and Wales as the storm prepares to make its way eastwards.

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

Increasing wind speeds as the hurricane approached forced the cancellation of high speed ferries to France from Portsmouth. Read More