The public is to be given the opportunity to name storms affecting Ireland and Britain this autumn and winter.

Met Éireann is teaming up with the British Met Office to run the project over the coming months when storms are likely to be at their strongest.

A storm will be named when it is deemed to have the potential to cause "medium" or "high" wind impacts.

People will be able to send in their suggestions via Facebook, Twitter and email.

The names will be collated and will then be allocated in alphabetical order, alternating between male and female names.

It is hoped naming storms will raise awareness of the onset of severe weather and ensure that the message reaches as many people as possible. 

Names that have previously been associated with storms that caused a loss of life in other parts of the world will not be used.