Betty, Khalid and Owain among names of storms set to ravage Britain

The names of the first storms of the seasons in Britain have been confirmed due to the Met Office's annual Name Our Storms Campaign.

Antoni, Betty and Cillian are the three lucky names after the weather service confirmed the choices.

There was a selection of 21 names for the storms that was compiled from public submissions.

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The Met Office's Name Our Storms campaign has been running annually since 2015 as the campaign aims to raise public awareness about severe weather and how it could be dangerous and life threatening in some cases.

Additional names for the 2022/23 storm season include the likes of Daisy, Glen, Khalid and Owain, which all came from email suggestions.

Meanwhile, Betty was victorious in a public poll on Twitter, racking up more than 12,000 votes.

Alongside the Met Office, the Met Eireann, the Irish equivalent of the Met Office and the Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) helped compile the list of name suggestions.

The names of Antoni, Hendrika, Johanna and Loes were selected by KNMI, in honour of famous Dutch scientists, while Met Eireann chose the names Cillian, Fleur, Ide and Nelly.

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Will Lang, head of situational awareness at the Met Office, said: "Last year, Storms Arwen and Eunice brought some severe impacts and we know that naming storms helps to raise awareness and give the public the information they need to stay safe in times of severe weather."

When a storm has the potential to cause road and rail closures, as well as power cuts, it will be named.

A red warning of a storm is classed as when a risk to life is "very likely".


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