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Britain braces for Hurricane Katia

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Property owners in the northern parts of the country should shore up their home insurance cover as the dying Hurricane Katia gets ready to strike Britain with storms and heavy rain.

Forecasters expect gales of up to 80mph and heavy downpour to hit Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of northern England on Monday.

According to MeteoGroup, the weather division of the Press Association, the winds are likely to be strong enough to pull down trees and cause potential structural damage to buildings.

Meanwhile, the Environment Agency has warned of possible floods in areas around Cumbria's Derwent Water lake and the River Ely in Wales.

Flood warnings are also likely to be issued for coastal regions, and the agency said home owners can register on its official website to receive free alerts for their area.

People can also get flood-related information by calling 0845 988 1188 or 0845 602 6340.

© Press Association 2011