Storm Abigail batters Scotland leaving power outages and school closures

THE Met Office in the UK has confirmed that amber weather warnings are in place across Scotland as gale force winds from Storm Abigail led to thousands of homes being left without power as well as school and bridge closures on Thursday night.

Winds were registered at up to 84mph in northern Britain with the rest of the UK set for thundery showers on Friday as the storm makes its way across the country. 

Forecaster Simon Partridge reported: “It’s going to be a blustery, wet day for most parts and feel much cooler than it has done in recent weeks. Temperatures will be much closer to the average for this time of year and in Scotland it might even drop to a ‘feels-like’ temperature of around 1C”

The storm is the first to receive a name from the Met Office after the public were invited to suggest names as part of a campaign aimed at raising awareness and promoting public safety for extreme weather in the UK.

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