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When a tropical storm, or hurricane develops, it is assigned a name by the National Hurricane Center This is so that these particular systems can be identified and explained easily to the people who may be affected by them during the course of a hurricane season.

The naming of tropical storms and hurricanes began in 1953 when the National Weather Service gave the storms female names. Then in 1979, to go along with the times, the National Hurricane Center began to issue both male and female names. They used a rotating list of storm names over a six year cycle, and then recycle the list every six years unless, a storm or hurricane name is retired. When you're done, you can check out the Atlantic storm names.

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Andres Agatha Adrian Aletta Alvin Amanda
Blanca Blas Beatriz Bud Barbara Boris
Carlos Celia Calvin Carlotta Cosme Cristina
Dolores Darby Dora Daniel Dalilla Douglas
Enrique Estelle Eugene Emilia Erick Elida
Felicia Frank Fernanda Fabio Flossie Fausto
Guillermo Georgette Greg Gilma Gil Genevieve
Hilda Howard Hilary Hector Henriette Hernan
Ignacio Isis Irwin Ileana Ivo Iselle
Jimena Javier Jova John Juliette Julio
Kevin Kay Kenneth Kristy Kiko Karina
Linda Lester Lidia Lane Lorena Lowell
Marty Madeline Max Miriam Mario Marie
Nora Newton Norma Norman Narda Norbert
Olaf Orlene Otis Olivia Octave Odalys
Patricia Paine Pilar Paul Priscilla Polo
Rick Roslyn Ramon Rosa Raymond Rachel
Sandra Seymour Selma Sergio Sonia Simon
Terry Tina Todd Tara Tico Trudy
Vivian Virgil Veronica Vicente Velma Vance
Waldo Winifried Wiley Willa Wallis Winnie
Xina Xavier Xina Xavier Xina Xavier
York Yolanda York Yolanda York Yolanda
Zelda Zeke Zelda Zeke Zelda Zeke

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Whenever, there is a devastating hurricane (usually one that is a major hurricane, and has caused significant damage) in any portion of the Eastern Pacific Basin, that hurricane's name is retired from the list for at least ten years, and probably forever so that future names are not confused with it. This helps a great deal with insurance claims, and legal issues surrounding the storm's impact. Below is a list of all retired names to date.

  • Adele--1970
  • Adolph--2001
  • Alma--2008
  • Fefa--1991
  • Fico--1978
  • Hazel--1965
  • Iva--1988
  • Knut--1987
  • Ismael--1995
  • Israel--2001
  • Pauline--1997
  • Kenna--2002
  • Manuel--2013
  • Odile--2014
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