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Abigail is First Named Storm

The Met Office issued a Yellow Alert for wind today which will be valid from 1800hrs on Thu 12 Nov to 1400hrs on Fri 13 Nov. It's the first serious winter storm of this season which can possibly bring 80Mph winds to the north of Scotland. It will be somewhat less for the south west and Islay. The Islay ferry service is already on amber alert so diversions and cancellations are possible tomorrow and possibly also on Thursday morning. Make sure to stay up to date if you're travelling to and from Islay.

Now there's nothing special about a storm in the winter period, we do get them quite frequently. This one however is the first storm that is named. By naming the storms the Met Office hopes that the warnings messages will be clearer and more consistent when picked up by journalists and social media. An initial list will be used during autumn and winter 2015/16 when a storm is deemed to have the potential to cause substantial impacts in the UK and/or Ireland. The list for this winter season is as follows: Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, Katie, Lawrence, Mary, Nigel, Orla, Phil, Rhonda, Steve, Tegan, Vernon and Wendy. The Met Office also wrote that any ex-Hurricanes will keep their cyclone name.

Update: The 0945 sailing from Kennacraig on Thursday 11nov has been cancelled due to adverse weather.

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