Ed­i­tor’s note

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While the big news this week is about the im­pact of a pow­er­ful storm else­where in the world, in the UK we have just ex­pe­ri­enced the first ma­jor storm of the sea­son. Storm Aileen, as it is named, bat­tered parts of the coun­try with high winds and heavy down­pours. Thou­sands of homes were left with­out power, trees fell and roads were blocked. Nam­ing storms is a rel­a­tively new thing in the UK – the first storm to be named here was Abi­gail in Novem­ber 2015. Al­though it might seem silly to give storms names, there is a se­ri­ous rea­son for it; the idea is to raise aware­ness of se­vere weather events with the aim of mak­ing sure that peo­ple are pre­pared for them. Hope­fully this will help pre­vent peo­ple and prop­erty from be­ing badly af­fected. There are 21 storm names for 2017–2018. They are in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der (names be­gin­ning with Q,U, X, Y and Z are not in­cluded) and al­ter­nate be­tween male and fe­male names. The next big storm will be named Brian. If you could cre­ate a list of storm names, what would you call them? Tell us at hello@the­weekju­nior.co.uk

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