Abigail’s winds raged, travel was disrupted and schools cancelled but the Stornoway Gazette’s weather correspondent Dr Eddy Graham says the region was actually spared the worst of the weather risks.
He said: “Although a potentially potent storm, it appears that the Western Isles in general were spared the worst of weather risks posed by the first significant windstorm of the season, named ‘Abigail’.”
He gave us the lowdown on the statistics of the storm:
Maximum windspeeds measured across the Northern and Western and NW Highlands were:
Stornoway Airport: 73mph
South Uist: 84mph
Sule Skerry 79mph
Bealach na Ba (above Applecross): 98mph
Dr Graham added: “The storm did bring very heavy rain for several hours on Thursday, resulting in spot-flooding around Stornoway town. Abigail has also ushered in much colder air today (Friday) with squally showers of hail and sleet likely to continue, with the first of the winter snows likely to lie on the hills.
“The weather outlook remains mostly unsettled and cool for the coming week, though it won’t be quite as stormy.”
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Pictured is an image from the rain radar which shows the storm rain clouds advancing over Stornoway yesterday.