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Storm Abigail: Scotland Closes Schools To Prepare For Extreme Weather

13/11/2015 13:25 GMT | Updated 13/11/2015 13:59 GMT

Dozens of schools in Scotland have been forced to close their doors as storm Abigail hit Britain, with winds of up to 84mph.

Every primary and secondary school in Scotland's Western Isles and Shetland has been closed as strong gusts battered the area overnight, the Met Office said.

"This was a precautionary measure because of the potential aftermath of the wind on schools having power cuts," a spokesperson said.

Chief operational meteorologist Paul Gunderson said to expect "wind gusts reaching 70 to 80 mph widely across the warning area with gusts of 90mph in exposed locations".

"There is the potential for disruption to transport, including ferries and power supplies.

"The strong winds combined with high tides are likly to cause overtopping of coasts and causeways leading to additional hazards."

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