For the first time, a storm about to hit the British Isles has been given a name.
Storm Abigail will hit the northern shores of Scotland this evening, according to the Met Office.
It's expected to bring winds of 70mph and gusts of up to 90mph.
Abigail has been named as part of the Name Our Storms project, a pilot venture from the Met Office and its Irish counterpart, Met Éireann.
Until the 1970s, the US naming system only gave hurricanes female names. That was for fairly sexist reasons.
The move to alternating names has led to a surprising claim: That female-named storms may be much deadlier than male ones.
(Although it should be pointed out that this study sparked some controversy at the time. Here's a criticism of it, and here's the authors' response.)
That's because, the study said, people subconsciously assume female-named storms are gentler.
The Met Office recently lost its contract to do the BBC's weather forecast.
Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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