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2016-2017 UK windstorm season: Which names made the cut?

As a signal that the United Kingdom windstorm season is approaching, the Met Office and Irish met service released the list of 2016-17 storm names on Monday.

AccuWeather forecasters are calling for 15-18 named storms from October 2016 through April 2017.

Over the course of the 2015-2016 season, 13 storms were named, including two post-tropical cyclones from the Atlantic Ocean.

AccuWeather forecasters are anticipating a more active season. The 15-18 forecast storms includes the threat for impacts from multiple post-tropical Atlantic cyclones.

A woman braves the elements as she walks along the sea front at Portrush, Northern Ireland, Friday, 29 January 2016. Thousands of homes were left without electricity after a storm swept across Northern Ireland bringing gale-force winds and rain. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

While the season as a whole is expected to be more active than the previous year, the greatest threat for named windstorms will be in October and from December through February.

The most intense and frequent storms are expected from mid-December through February. During this time period, multiple named storms could unfold within a single week's time.

Early-season storms are most likely to impact Northern Ireland and Scotland. However, the storm track will shift southward during the winter months.

The storms will also bring the threat for flooding rainfall.

"The highest threat for flooding associated with windstorms will be across southwest Scotland, northwest England, southern Wales and southwest England," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

According the Met Office, the storms will continue to be named based on impacts.

A storm will be named when it has the potential to cause an amber or red warning.

The names were picked from social media suggestions to the Met Office, along with names provided by the Irish met service.

Check back in mid-October for a full breakdown of the winter forecast for the United Kingdom.

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