Highlands & Islands

The course of Storm Abigail in maps

Be aware - on Tuesday, it was announced that the first storm to be officially named under a new Met Office system has been called Abigail and is heading for the UK.

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A Yellow warning for parts of the north and west of Scotland was issued, including forecasts of gusts up to 80mph.

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Sea swell charts produced by surfing website Magicseaweed.com suggest swells could reach heights of up to 11.5m on Friday.

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The weather front qualified as a "named storm" because of its potential to cause disruption and damage.

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Media captionBBC Weather's John Hammond has the latest on Storm Abigail

Severe gales are forecast for later on Thursday, through until Friday morning - here visualised on earth.nullschool.net.

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The warnings associated with Storm Abigail were upgraded to Amber "be prepared" on Wednesday - indicating possible gusts of 90mph in the Highlands and Islands.

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By Thursday morning, Abigail's "hook-shaped" cloud bank was sitting over the North Atlantic.

And here is Abigail from space - in an amazing picture from the University of Dundee's satellite receiving station.

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The main warning comes into force from about 21:00 on Thursday - and makes for a pretty lively looking weather map for the days ahead.

Meanwhile, on Twitter, someone has noticed Abigail's resemblance to something way more menacing.

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