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British man killed as Hurricane Sandy sweeps the Bahamas

Hurricane Sandy seen moving through the Bahamas in a satellite image. Photo: Reuters Handout

A British investment bank boss has been killed while repairing his home in the Bahamas as Hurricane Sandy swept through the Caribbean.

Timothy Fraser-Smith was killed in the Bahamas. Credit: Deltec Bank & Trust

Timothy Fraser-Smith, a chief executive of Deltec Bank & Trust since 2000, fell from the roof of his home in wealthy Lyford Cay late on Thursday while trying to repair a window shutter, police said. Mr Fraser-Smith's death was one of 43 across the Caribbean.

People walk on a street littered with debris after Hurricane Sandy hit Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Credit: Reuters

The 66-year-old joined Deltec in June 2000 as chief executive, the company's website said.

He had joined Grindlays Bank, London in 1972 and since worked in a variety of corporate banking functions across the world, including Lebanon, Pakistan, Greece, New York and Hong Kong.

In 1984 ANZ acquired Grindlays and Mr Fraser-Smith moved to Switzerland to head private banking activity there, before further stints in London and again in Switzerland. Deltec said he studied law at the University of Edinburgh before gaining an MBA from Cranfield Business School.

A spokeswoman for the Foreign Office said: "We can confirm the death of a British national in the Bahamas on October 25."

People stand near their furniture outside their homes on a street in in Santiago de Cuba. Credit: Reuters

Hurricane Sandy was briefly downgraded to a Tropical Storm by the US's National Hurricane Center before being upgrading to hurricane status once more.

The organisation said on its website, "Air force aircraft finds hurricane-force winds again".

Hurricane Sandy has spun away from the Bahamas, churning north-northeastward towards the US east coast, where it threatens to join with winter weather fronts to create a "superstorm".

It toppled lampposts, flooded roads and tore off tree branches as it spun through Cat Island and Eleuthera in the scattered Bahamas archipelago.

Firefighters prepare to fight a blaze in a private home in Kingston, Jamaica. Credit: Reuters

The death toll rose again in impoverished Haiti, reaching 26 yesterday as word of disasters reached officials and rain continued to fall. With the storm projected to hit the US Atlantic Coast early on Tuesday, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration warned it could merge with two other systems to become a hybrid, monster storm dubbed "Frankenstorm".

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