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Storm Abigail

12 - 13 November 2015 - Storm Abigail moved across the UK with particular impact on North-west Scotland recording gusts up to 84 mph.

Storm Abigail brought heavy rain and strong winds across the country with the most severe weather impacting the northwest of Scotland where power cuts affected up to 20,000 homes and many schools were forced to close for the day.

Maximum wind gusts recorded

The strongest gust recorded was at South Uist measuring 84 mph.

Storm Abigail - Maximum gust speeds (mph)
Site Name Area Max Gust (mph)
South Uist Outer Hebrides 84
Sule Skerry Orkney 79
Lerwick Shetland Islands 78
Benbecula Outer Hebrides 76
Mumbles South Wales 70
Plymouth Devon 65

Storm Abigail satellite imagery

The video below shows the track of Storm Abigail moving across the north of the UK.

Analysis chart for Storm Abigail

Why are we naming storms?

In a pilot project with Met √Čireann, from October 2015 the Met Office announced that wind storms with the potential to affect the UK and/or Ireland will be named to help raise awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

Storm Abigail is the first of the Met Office's Name our storms project.  These names will be used each time we first forecast a storm with potential impacts for the UK.