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Thousands were left without power and travel nightmares ensued as Storm Hector slammed the northern United Kingdom Wednesday night into Thursday.
"Hector became the first windstorm to be named by the Met Office and Met Eireann during the summer since naming of storms began in 2015," AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Leister said.
Winds reached 100 mph (161 km/h) at the very exposed Cairngorms Mountains in Scotland, according to the Met Office.
Hector fell just shy of setting the record for the strongest wind gust in Northern Ireland during June, which is 76 mph (122 km/h), when winds peaked at 74 mph (119 km/h) at Orlock Head.
Whilst the worst of the storm has passed, residents are now cleaning up the wind damage that was left behind as power restoration efforts continue.
Storm Hector cut power to more than 23,000 customers of Northern Ireland Electricity Networks.
"There are over 300 incidences of weather-related damage to the network such as broken lines and broken poles which are disrupting supplies," the company stated.
Power was also cut across parts of Scotland and northern England, including to roughly 3,500 customers of Electricity North West.
Significant disruptions to travelers ensued as downed trees and wires blocked roads and rail lines.
Officials were forced to close numerous bridges to high-sided vehicles across Scotland due to the high winds. This included the Friarton Bridge on Motorway 90.
"Typically, storm systems are less intense from late spring into early autumn," Leister said. "They usually fail to reach the criteria for being officially named, but Hector was the exception."
The U.K. is expected to remain in an unsettled weather pattern through at least early next week.
Whilst any disturbance will pale in comparison to Storm Hector, showery spells can occur on a nearly daily basis across the northern U.K. into Monday.
Saturday may be the wettest of the next several days with bouts of steadier rain. Thundery showers can also put outdoor plans to start the weekend in jeopardy across parts of the U.K.
This @ScotRail service had to make an unscheduled stop at #CarseofGowrie in #Perthshire with downed branches making it unsafe to continue until track was cleared.— NetworkRail Scotland (@NetworkRailSCOT) June 14, 2018
Drivers operate at reduced speeds in areas where fallen trees are a risk #StormHector pic.twitter.com/CpSTVWIfDx
This is large branch of tree which came down at #Kirkwood station near #Coatbridge this morning during #StormHector— NetworkRail Scotland (@NetworkRailSCOT) June 14, 2018
Tree was cleared by #ChainsawGang and OHLE inspected for damage before services could be resumed through the station. pic.twitter.com/cKqcmYyOLh
Our emergency crews have been replacing broken poles, clearing trees & branches & replacing & reconnecting overhead powerlines as part of the repair process. #Macosquin #Coleraine #StormHector pic.twitter.com/2xFwIUhQpW— NIE Networks (@NIElectricity) June 14, 2018
Storm Hector’s here making driving conditions difficult across the county, especially in open areas. Take care all and adjust your driving accordingly pic.twitter.com/ZICiC0IOik— Cumbria Roads Police (@CumbriaRoadsPol) June 14, 2018
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