From the ABC 7 Weather team

WATCH: Katia causes roof to collapse in England, crushing cars

September 13, 2011 - 01:53 PM
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CCTV footage shows how the remnants of Hurricane Katia took out 15 cars in the U.K. by causing the sudden collapse of a parking-garage roof.

The storm that used to be Hurricane Katia brought 80 m.p.h. winds to the U.K, as seen in this image captured on Sept. 12 by a POES satellite. (NOAA)

In the latest twist in the no-holds-barred street brawl between Humanity v. Weather, what's left of Hurricane Katia takes out 15 cars in one decisive swoop by collapsing a parking-garage roof in the U.K.

The accident happened yesterday in a "baker's carpark," according to the below report, which I guess is the parking lot of a bakery. No employees were injured but their automobiles weren't so lucky; that row of parked cars was transformed into crumpets in the blink of an eye. The winds at the time of the collapse were screaming along at more than 80 m.p.h. Here's another report showing the aftermath of the damage. As a commenter rightly notes, "that bloke standing with his hands on his head is classic."

The storm formerly known as Katia has also caused roofs to act like sieves. It is no longer a bother to the United States, but was strong enough to cover most of the U.K. in a boiling white toilet-flush of swirly clouds. The above image from NOAA was taken yesterday around the time of the garage collapse. Satellite imagery from the British Met Office shows that the skies have cleared a great deal since then.

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