Winds gusts of up to 52mph an hour battering Mid Ulster

Strong winds out there
Strong winds out there
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Although it feels like your house might just take off at any minute and land in Kansas, Mid Ulster, and indeed Northern Ireland, has not been included in the Met Office’s yellow warning for gale force winds.

Despite this, the area is experiencing wind gusts up to 52mph, so be careful out there as blustery showers are expected throughout the evening.

But, some good news as the southwesterly winds are to subside overnight, at least in Cookstown.

Here’s what the Met Office is saying:

Storm Abigail has the potential to cause some disruption to the north of the UK and yellow and amber National Severe Weather Warnings have been issued for a risk of impacts from wind across parts of Scotland.

Cookstown - this evening and tonight

Blustery showers through the evening and overnight, perhaps with hail and thunder and turning wintry over the highest ground by the end of the night. Gale force southwesterly winds becoming less strong. Minimum Temperature 4°C. Cold and windy with frequent showers on Friday.

Magherafelt this evening and tonight

Blustery showers through the evening and overnight, perhaps with hail and thunder and turning wintry over the highest ground by the end of the night. Gale force southwesterly winds becoming less strong overnight. Minimum Temperature 4°C. Friday is to be chilly with frequent showers. A chance of hail and thunder with some temporary snow on the hills. Strong westerly winds continuing, gale force along the North Coast and over hills.