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Met Office Reveals Names of Winter storms

The Met Office has named the string of storms which are set to hit Britain this winter.

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

This season, Ali will be the first storm to blow in across Britain.

The male named storm will be followed by Bronagh, Callum and Deidre.

Weather officials claim try to go for the names which are popular but also reflect the culture and diversity of 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 alphabetical list of names skips Q, U, X, Y and Z to comply with international storm-naming conventions.

Documents seen by Wired revealed the Met Office does reject some names.

One report read: "Other names were discounted because they were not proper names."

Some names that have been rejected are: Apocalypse, Baldrick, Big Boss, Gnasher, Hot Brew, Root Ripper, Stormageddon, Ssswetcaroline, Vader, Voldermort and Branch Wobbler.


The full list of storm names for 2018/2019 is:


Ali
Bronagh
Callum
Deirdre
Erik
Freya
Gareth
Hannah
Idris
Jane
Kevin
Lily
Max
Niamh
Oliver
Peggy
Ross
Saoirse
Tristan
Violet
Wyn

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