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Met Office reveal storm name list for 2018 and 2019

PUBLISHED: 08:13 12 September 2018

Is your name on the storm list? Picture: MARK NUNN

Is your name on the storm list? Picture: MARK NUNN

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The first storm to blow in across the UK and Ireland this winter will be storm Ali.

The storms are named in a male-female-male-female pattern, so following after male name Ali will be female name Bronagh.

They are given names in advance so people take more notice of the warnings and are more likely to take action.

One name is picked for each letter of the alphabet, apart from Q, U, X, Y and Z.

Following after storm Ali and Bronagh will be Callum, Deidre, Erik, Freya, Gareth, Hannah, Idris, Jane, Kevin, Lily, Max, Niamh, Oliver, Peggy, Ross, Saoirse, Tristan, Violet and Wyn.

The season’s names have been compiled from a list of submissions by the public, choosing some of the most popular names and also selecting those which reflect the nations, culture and diversity of the UK and Ireland.

Derrick Ryall, head of public weather services at the Met Office, said: “Naming storms has been proved to raise awareness of severe weather in the UK, providing a consistent message to the public and crucially prompting people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or to their property.”

The 2017-2018 season begun with Storm Aileen, which was the first of 10 severe weather events to be named in the past year, and ended with Hector earlier this summer.

We asked you yesterday what you thought the storms would be called were you right?

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