Storm Abigail – the UK’s first named storm – hit the North West over Saturday and Sunday.

The Met office has put Yellow rain and wind warnings in place in some areas of the country for the start of the week and weather experts warn of gales along the coast.

Southport will be given some respite from Storm Abigail on Sunday night with the rain stopping during the evening, but more showers are expected to move in by dawn on Monday, with another day of heavy rain.

Forecasters wrote on the Met Office website: Cloud and heavy rain will, arrive from the southwest. Conditions will turn increasingly windy, with a risk of gales around the coast.”

For Monday 9th November, the experts predict another “unsettled day” with more heavy rain, especially across hilly areas in the west, and with gales too.

Abigail is the first UK storm to be given a name in England.

It comes after the Met Office announced the new naming policy in September following in the footsteps of America who name severe events like Hurricane Katrina.

To qualify for a name, the wild weather must have the potential to cause ‘medium’ or ‘high’ wind impacts.

Look at our gallery of pictures from 2007 storms.

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