After Essex had a lucky escape from Hurricane Abigail, Hurricane Kate could be a whole different story.

A leading weather expert has EXCLUSIVELY confirmed to Southend News Network that residents of the county had a ‘lucky escape’ from Hurricane Abigail, but at the same time he also believes that the imminent HURRICANE KATE has the potential to wreak havoc – he is particularly concerned about strong winds on Southend Seafront.

Colin Isobar, Chief Meteorologist of the Essex Weather Office, contacted Southend News Network to say that Hurricane Kate will be ‘stronger, destructiver and significantly more middle class’ than Hurricane Abigail. He said, ‘People in Essex were very fortunate when Hurricane Abigail turned away from the county at the very last second, but that doesn’t mean that Hurricane Kate should be ignored. While ‘Abigail’ conjures up images of a six year old primary school student in Westcliff, ‘Kate’ is far more middle-class in nature – perhaps someone who has popped into Waitrose for a small-to-medium sized butternut squash, before climbing back into their BMW 4×4. There is even a Kate who is married to Prince William for heaven’s sake, so we really need to prepare for Hurricane Kate as a matter of urgency.’

As a new precaution, local branches of Costa Coffee and a number of delicatessens in Thorpe Bay have closed their doors to try and prevent ‘Kate’ from arriving. However, local expert in climate change and childhood obesity Claire Hyperbole has admitted that she is worried about the strong winds that could hit South Essex at any moment.

She said, ‘Over the next 48 hours, the county of Essex will be hit by immensely strong winds, and I am very concerned about children being blown away. A lot of local children have taken part in my recent project to lose weight and become more active, but in many cases this has made them so light that they could be picked up by a sudden gust of wind. Therefore, until Thursday at least I would advise all parents to give their children at least 10,000 calories of nutrition per day.’