Schools are set to be closed and ferries cancelled as Storm Abigail batters Britain with 100mph gales tomorrow.The 600-mile weather system – the first storm named by the Met Office – could see waves as high as three double decker buses slam into the coast. And the country faces 10 days of storms with ex-Hurricane Kate bringing eight inches of rain and floods over the weekend. Abigail is Britain’s worst storm since last winter and nearly 60 primary and secondary schools in Scotland will be affected, reports the BBC.
Power engineers are on standby for blackouts north of the border, where damaged properties and travel chaos are expected. The Met Office forecast gusts up to 90mph in Scotland and pushing 50mph locally in England‘s south and north. Terrifying 100mph-plus gusts were forecast on higher ground in Scotland, the Weather Channel said.
Initial yellow “be aware” warnings for rain and winds up to 80mph were issued for the Western Isles and the Highlands of Scotland for this evening into Friday. But warnings for Abigail have now been upgraded to amber “be prepared” alerts. The Met Office is forecasting severe south-westerly gales later today, with strong winds extending across the Northern Isles through into Friday morning. The forecasters said gusts of 60-70mph are expected, with some of more than 90mph in exposed locations.