Storm Aileen is the first named storm of the season, set to bring winds of up 75-miles-per-hour to parts of the UK and Ireland this week.
A yellow weather warning for rain has been issued for parts of Northern Ireland, northern England and southern Scotland, which warns of 30-40 mm (1.2 to 1.6 inches) of rain falling within six to nine hours.
If that’s got you thinking about why this storm is called Aileen and how storms are named, here’s all you need to know:
The Met Office and Met Eireann launched the scheme in 2015 to name storms as part of efforts to raise awareness of extreme weather events in the UK and Ireland and prompt people to take action to prevent harm to themselves and their property.
The list of monikers is drawn up in alphabetical order, alternating between male and female names.
Storms are not named using the letters Q, U, X, Y or Z in line with international naming conventions, and names associated with storms which have caused a loss of life elsewhere in the world are not used.
The full list for this year’s storms is: Aileen, Brian, Caroline, Dylan, Eleanor, Fionn, Georgina, Hector, Iona, James, Karen, Larry, Maeve, Niall, Octavia, Paul, Rebecca, Simon, Tali, Victor, Winifred.
In the 2015-16 season, 11 storms were named, from Abigail in mid-November to Katie at the end of March.
The Met Office said research conducted after named storms show increases in awareness and action, with 89% of people polled after last year’s Storm Doris aware of the severe weather.
Most (94%) of those aware of the storm had found the severe weather warnings useful, and 82% of those who had taken action felt they were right to do so, the survey found.