Aileen, Brian and Paul among new storm names, Met Office reveals

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Aileen, Karen, Hector and Victor are among the storms set to batter the UK and Ireland this winter.

The Met Office today announced the names for the 2017/18 storm season.

The first storm of the season will be named Aileen, in keeping with the tradition of naming severe weather fronts in alphabetical order, alternating between male and female monikers.

Brian, Caroline, Dylan and Eleanor will follow.

New names: Storm Aileen will kick of the 2017/18 season (Met Office)

If the season is particularly stormy, the UK may also be graced with Storm Winifred – the last name on the list.

The names were chosen from a list submitted by the public combined with ideas suggested by Met Éireann.

Letters Q, U, X and Y will not be used to comply with international storm naming conventions.

The announcement comes following a successful pilot launched in 2015, which saw 11 storms named Abigail through to Katie.

Angus kicked off the 2016/17 storm season in mid-November and Storm Ewan brought it to a close in February.

Statistics released by the Met Office and Met Éireann, revealed that people are much more likely to prepare for a storm that has been named.

Some 89 per cent of people surveyed took action ahead of Storm Doris which killed three people in February this year.

Derrick Ryall, Head of Public Weather Services at the Met Office, said: “Last year was another successful pilot of the storm naming project and it’s great to be now making it operational. 

“Naming storms has been proved to raise awareness of severe weather in the UK, crucially prompting people to take action to prevent harm to themselves or their property.”

The names were announced at the European Conference for Applied Meteorology and Climatology in Dublin.

It comes as Hurricane Irma rages across the Atlantic over the Caribbean towards Florida.

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