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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.

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