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

  • Adolph--2001
  • Alma--2008
  • Fefa--1991
  • Fico--1978
  • Knut--1987
  • Ismael--1995
  • Israel--2001
  • Pauline--1997
  • Kenna--2002
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