Storm Abigail set to hit Scotland

Winds of up to 70mph could hit northwest Scotland on Thursday evening (photo: Oliver Clarke/flickr)

Winds of up to 70mph could hit northwest Scotland on Thursday evening (photo: Oliver Clarke/flickr)

The Met Office have issued an amber warning as Storm Abigail set to hit Scotland later this week.

Storm Abigail, the first storm to be named by the Met Office as part of their “Name Our Storms” competition, will bring strong winds to the north of Scotland on Thursday evening into Friday, with the potential to cause some disruption across northwest Scotland. Gusts of 60 – 70mph are expected as the storm moves over the country.

A yellow “be aware” warning was issued early on Wednesday morning, but was upgraded to an amber “be prepared” warning later in the day, with yellow warnings for wind also being issued for central Scotland.

The warning has been issued for the Western and Northern Isles, the Highlands, and Argyll, which meteorologists expect to be the first hit when the storm passes over the UK.

However, as the storm is in its infancy, there is still some uncertainty over the exact strength and path of Storm Abigail.

Eddy Carroll, Chief Meteorologist said: “There remains some uncertainty regarding the exact extent and timing of strongest winds but current forecasts suggest that this storm could have some medium impacts such as disruption to transport and so a warning has been issued and the first storm has been named as Abigail.”

Keep an eye on the Met Office’s 5-day forecast if you’re worried about the effect the disruption could have on your day.

Radio ENRG spoke to Nicola Maxey at the Met Office about the effect Storm Abigail will have on Edinburgh:

 

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