Why do storms need names?
An organisation called the Met Office have decided to give storms names that are usually given to children – which is what they do in America.
They think that it will help them keep track of different storms. The tradition is also useful as it makes people more aware of the danger that they face.
It’s only the storms that are likely to cause significant damage that get names. Abigail, Eva, Frank, Barney and Gertrude are some of the 21 names that have been chosen for storms that will be hitting the UK and Ireland in the future.
The Met Office’s Derrick Ryall said: “We have seen how naming storms elsewhere in the world raises awareness of severe weather before it strikes.”
Over the weekend, a storm called ‘Abigail’ rolled across the Atlantic Ocean; it is the first storm to be named by the Met Office.
Storm Abigail caused havoc last week in Shetland and the Western Isles, leaving more than 20,000 homes without power and forcing schools to close, but there’s more to come.
Winds of up to 80mph look set to hit parts of the UK as the second storm to be named by the public – Storm Barney – sweeps in this week.
Beck, Year 6