The big storm approaches

Handout satellite image issued by the University of Dundee, taken at 12:45pm today, showing Storm Abigaill which is set to sweep across Britain, threatening gusts of up to 90mph in exposed areas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 12, 2015. The storm is the first such weather system affecting the country to merit a name as part of the Met Office ''name our storms'' project, which asked the public to suggest names. See PA story WEATHER Abigail. Photo credit should read: University of Dundee/NEODAAS/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Handout satellite image issued by the University of Dundee, taken at 12:45pm today, showing Storm Abigaill which is set to sweep across Britain, threatening gusts of up to 90mph in exposed areas. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday November 12, 2015. The storm is the first such weather system affecting the country to merit a name as part of the Met Office ''name our storms'' project, which asked the public to suggest names. See PA story WEATHER Abigail. Photo credit should read: University of Dundee/NEODAAS/PA Wire''NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

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As Scotland braces itself for the impact of storm Abigail tonight, the University of Dundee has issued a stunning satellite photograph of Abigail as it approaches Scotland.

Warnings of wild weather have been issued as the storm hits earlier than expected today, with winds of 90 mph predicted, along with warnings of lightning – and a month’s worth of rain in just 48 hours.

Transport is expected to be disrupted, and power suppliers have warned of electricity outages as the storm rages across the country. Flooding is likely as the high rainfall levels combine with tides likely to be even higher than they normally are at this time of year.

Abigail is the first storm to be named by the Met Office in a new initiative.

Picture from University of Dundee/NEODAAS