Storm Abigail Delivers Rain, Howling Winds to UK and Ireland
By By Eric Leister, Meteorologist
November 12, 2015, 3:35:18 PM EST
Abigail, the first official named storm by the Met Office, will bring wind, rain and travel delays to parts of Ireland and the United Kingdom from Thursday into Friday.
On Thursday, Abigail will track just north and west of Ireland and Scotland unleashing a soaking rain and howling winds on the region.
The heaviest rainfall and strongest winds will be focused from northern Ireland through Scotland. Wind gusts over 85 km/h (50 mph) are expected in these areas with wind gusts of 95-115 km/h (60-70 mph) possible over northern and western Scotland, as well as Orkney and Shetland. Exposed areas could experience even higher wind gusts during the worst of the storm.
Northern England and Wales can expect isolated wind gusts to 85 km/h (50 mph) late Thursday afternoon into Thursday night before subsiding some on Friday.
Southern England will dodge the strongest winds; however, gusts of 50-65 km/h (30-40 mph) are still expected from Thursday afternoon into Friday.
These strong winds will cause travel delays, including air and rail travel. There can also be isolated power outages and tree damage.
Rainfall through Friday will be 25-50 mm (1-2 inches) from western Ireland to Western Scotland and also in northwestern Wales and coastal northern England. Isolated amounts can approach 100 mm (4 inches) in western Scotland.
While flooding is not expected to be a widespread concern, isolated flooding is possible in the areas listed above.
Abigail will move off to the north by Friday; however, strong west to northwest winds will continue across all of the British Isles. Along with these winds, colder air will spread over the region lowering temperatures to normal levels.
Areas from the East Midlands through South East England will be largely dry while showers continue across the rest of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
In the longer range, Kate in the Atlantic Ocean will interactive with a larger storm system and impact Ireland and the United Kingdom Sunday into Monday.
Locally heavy rainfall from this storm may produce flooding across Ireland, Wales and northern England where more than 50 mm (2 inches) of additional rain is possible.
Wind gusts will generally be less than 85 km/h (50 mph) with this storm, though locally stronger gusts are possible in exposed coastal areas.
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