UK weather: Storm Abigail arrives bringing strong winds
Thursday, November 12, 2015, 15:30 GMT -
Severe weather warnings are out for Scotland and some southwestern parts of the UK but other areas will also feel Abigail's blustery conditions.
The Met Office's amber 'be prepared' warning has been issued for the northern tip of Scotland for Thursday night into midday Friday. Gusts of 70-80 mph are likely and perhaps 90 mph across exposed locations, the Met Office said.
Another yellow 'be aware' warning is out for wind across the northwest and north of Scotland for Thursday into Friday.
“Gusts of 60-70mph are likely with the possibility of gusts to 80-90mph in exposed locations across the north and west of the area,” said the Met Office.
“Winds will begin to ease and veer more westerly across the Western Isles and the mainland on Friday morning and across the Northern Isles on Friday afternoon,” it added.
Lightning associated with frequent showers will be an additional hazard over northern and western areas.
Strong winds are also expected to affect certain southwestern parts of the UK on Friday morning with another warning out for that area.
Already some schools in Scotland have announced they will close on Friday as travel and flood concerns arise.
The Met Office said there remains uncertainty regarding the extent and timing of the strongest winds and so the warnings will be kept under review.
Ever since the Met Office announced its pilot project to name storms, papers have been itching to give a storm the first maiden name.
The Met Office had said it would name a storm based on wind speed and if it is likely to causes “substantial impacts” to the public.Follow Jamil Hussein on Google+, Twitter