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Storm Abigail Leaves Thousands Without Power As 90mph Winds Batter The UK

The Met Office has warned that gales, snow, and lightning will continue into Friday.

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Around 12,000 homes were left without power at the height of Abigail – the UK's first named storm – mainly in the islands and northern parts of Scotland, where 84mph winds hit coastal areas. Over 1,300 homes still have no electricity and all schools in Na h-Eileanan Siar and Shetland are closed.

Abigail hit Scotland, Wales, and the north of England on Thursday afternoon. This was the scene in Porthcawl, in South Wales.

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Huge waves lash the coast at Porthcawl, South Wales, UK.


The mountain rescue team wrote: "Troops have just returned from the eye of hurricane ‪#‎abigail‬ rescuing a hill walker attempting ‪#‎bennevis‬ via observatory gully. On the scale of difficulty this route is certain death! The casualty was found high on a snow slope with chest injuries and lowered down to the ‪#‎CIC‬ hut. A very difficult rescue in atrocious weather with a very good outcome."


Snow has started to fall in parts of Scotland, such as Glen Ogle, around 40 miles north of Glasgow.

Here's current conditions on #A85 at Glen Ogle! More snow 😄 ⛄ Please #TakeCare if heading that way! @NWTrunkRoads

The Met Office has warned the storm will continue into Friday, with "severe gales" of up to 90mph and lightning expected in Scotland and South Wales.

Matt Tucker is the UK Picture Editor for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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