Katia flails Ireland, Britain

LONDON, Sept. 13 (UPI) -- Parts of Scotland were threatened by flooding Tuesday as the vestiges of Hurricane Katia lashed the British Isles, officials said.

The BBC reported the Scottish Environment Protection Agency had issued flood warnings across parts of Tayside and Callander, and heavy rains were posing concerns in western Scotland. Winds were still whipping up to 55 mph, one day after gusts hit close to 90 mph, the British news network said.


Hundreds of homes were without electricity in Ayrshire, and Dumfries and Galloway.

Roads were generally passable, though police in central Scotland said a section of the A85 between Crianlarich and Killin Junction had 4 inches of standing water in some places, the BBC said.

Wind-blown trees were a hazard in some areas and some ferry services were suspended.

The worst effects of the storm were felt in Ireland, Scotland and Northern England, The Guardian reported. The storm claimed at least one life, when a driver was killed by a falling tree in County Durham in the north of England.

At its peak, the storm had effectively shut down Ireland's Atlantic coast, The Irish Independent reported. Fishing boats remained in harbor in Galway, and thousands of people in the region lost power, with the most severe outage in Donegal in the northwest.


Capt. Brian Sheridan, the harbormaster in Galway, described the situation there as "pretty severe."

Ferry service across the Irish Sea was canceled. Many roads in Ireland were closed due to downed trees.

Thousands of homes and businesses lost electricity in northern England. Sean Kelly, a manager for Bako Northern, said a group of industrial units under construction in Langley Moor, Durham, were brought down by the wind "as if it had been subject to a controlled explosion."

The second stage of the Tour of Britain, which was to have included the seafront in Blackpool, a resort on the Irish Sea, was canceled. Riders instead did an exhibition run in an inland area to give fans who had come to Cumbria "something to see."

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