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'Arwen' will be first named storm for this season

Storm season runs from September to the end of August 2022 (File)
Storm season runs from September to the end of August 2022 (File)

A "whirlwind" relative, a "quick-as-lightning" goalkeeper, and a daughter who "leaves a trail of destruction" are among friends, family members and pets to feature in a new list of storm names.

More than 10,000 suggestions were submitted to Met Éireann, the UK Met Office and KMNI - the national weather services of Netherlands - for the list of names for the strongest weather systems over the coming year.

The first storm of the year, which runs from September 2021 to the end of August 2022, will be called Arwen, a name thought to be of Welsh origin and popularised by JRR Tolkien's Lord Of The Rings books.

Among the names put forward by the Irish public are Barra (Finbarr), Méabh, Pól and Seán.

Head of Forecasting at Met Éireann Evelyn Cusack said the naming of storms helps to inform people to take precautions.

She said that most of the Irish names are down the list, including storm Seán, who, she said, is named in honour of the director of the Fire and Emergency Services Seán Hogan.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Ms Cusack said the weather looks like it will become unsettled over the next week, but forecasts indicate it may settle down again next week.

Other names on the list - which does not use names beginning with Q, U, X, Y or Z - are Corrie, Dudley, Eunice, Franklin, Gladys, Herman, Imani, Jack, Kim, Logan, Nasim, Olwen, Ruby, Tineke, Vergil and Willemien.

Kim, Logan, Ruby and Dudley are among the names put forward by the UK public.

A Met Office spokesman said Kim was nominated in recognition of a "whirlwind" relative and a self-confessed weather watcher, while Logan, a name of Scottish origin, was nominated by several parents and grandparents, including a mention of a grandson who "runs through the house like a tornado" and another who is "as quick as lightning" when playing as a goalkeeper.

Ruby made the final cut after being nominated by a pet owner whose cat "comes in and acts like a storm" and a parent whose daughter "leaves a trail of destruction" when she enters the house.

Dudley fought off competition from seven other names beginning with D, including Diarmuid, to top a poll on Twitter after being submitted by a couple who will share the last name of Dudley when they get married in 2022.

The naming of storms - which is now in its seventh year in the UK, Ireland and the Netherlands - aims to raise awareness of the potential impact of severe weather events and help people to stay safe and protect themselves and their property before the storm arrives.

Storms will be named when they are deemed to cause medium or high impacts from strong winds, rain or snow.

The 2020-21 storm season saw the UK hit by five Met Office named storms, with the latest - Storm Evert - sweeping across southern areas of England and Wales at the end of July, bringing gusty winds and some persistent rain, after the UK's joint fifth warmest July on record.

In Europe, heavy rainfall in July led to severe flooding in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.

The floods caused at least 184 deaths in Germany and 38 in Belgium and caused devastation to homes, roads, railway lines and businesses.

KNMI director-general Gerard van der Steenhoven said: "Storms are not confined to national borders - it makes a lot of sense to give common names to such extreme weather events."

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