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Abigail, Henry or Clodagh: Suggested names for storms to hit Ireland and UK this winter

Large waves batter the sea barriers during stormy weather in Portstewart in Northern Ireland
Large waves batter the sea barriers during stormy weather in Portstewart in Northern Ireland

Watch out for storms Abigail, Henry and Wendy - among many others - after the public suggested names for those likely to affect the UK and Ireland.

Last month the Met Office and Met Eireann announced a pilot project to name storms that may be blowing this way this autumn and winter.

They received thousands of responses by email, through the Met Office Facebook pages and @metoffice on Twitter.

The winning names were: Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, Katie, Lawrence, Mary, Nigel, Orla, Phil, Rhonda, Steve, Tegan, Vernon and Wendy.

It is hoped that naming storms will help raise awareness of severe weather and ensure greater safety of the public.

A storm will be named when it is deemed to have the potential to cause a substantial impact in the UK and Ireland.

If a storm is the remnants of a tropical storm or hurricane that has moved across the Atlantic, the already established method of referring to it as, for example "Ex-hurricane X", will continue.

Read: More snow this winter due to blob of "abnormally cold" Atlantic ocean.