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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. As of the end of the 2004 season, there have been 232 storm names designated for storms in the Atlantic. When you're done, you can check out the Eastern Pacific storm names





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Andrea Arthur Ana Alex Arlene Alberto
Barry Bertha Bill Bonnie Bret Beryl
Chantal Cristobal Claudette Colin Cindy Chris
Dorian Dolly Danny Danielle Don Debby
Erin Edouard Erika Earl Emily Ernesto
Fernand Fay Fred Fiona Franklin Florence
Gabrielle Gonzalo Grace Gaston Gert Gordon
Humberto Hanna Henri Hermine Harvey Helene
Ingrid Isaias Ida Ian Irma Isaac
Jerry Josephine Joaquin Julia Jose Joyce
Karen Kyle Kate Karl Katia Kirk
Lorenzo Laura Larry Lisa Lee Leslie
Melissa Marco Mindy Matthew Maria Michael
Nestor Nana Nicholas Nicole Nate Nadine
Olga Omar Odette Otto Ophelia Oscar
Pablo Paulette Peter Paula Philippe Patty
Rebekah Rene Rose Richard Rina Rafael
Sebastien Sally Sam Shary Sean Sara
Tanya Teddy Teresa Tobias Tammy Tony
Van Vicky Victor Virginie Vince Valerie
Wendy Wilfred Wanda Walter Whitney William

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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 Atlantic 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.

  • Agnes--1972
  • Alicia--1983
  • Allen--1980
  • Allison--2001
  • Andrew--1992
  • Anita--1977
  • Audrey--1957
  • Betsy--1965
  • Beulah--1967
  • Bob--1991
  • Camille--1969
  • Carla--1961
  • Carmen--1974
  • Carol--1954
  • Cesar--1996
  • Charley--2004
  • Celia--1970
  • Cleo--1964
  • Connie--1955
  • David--1979
  • Dean--2007
  • Dennis--2005
  • Diana--1990
  • Diane--1955
  • Donna--1960
  • Dora--1964
  • Edna--1968
  • Elena--1985
  • Eloise--1975
  • Fabian--2003
  • Felix--2007
  • Fifi--1974
  • Flora--1963
  • Floyd--1999
  • Fran--1996
  • Frances--2004
  • Frederic--1979
  • Georges--1998
  • Gilbert--1988
  • Gloria--1985
  • Gustav--2008
  • Hattie--1961
  • Hazel--1954
  • Hilda--1964
  • Hortense--1996
  • Hugo--1989
  • Ike--2008
  • Igor--2010
  • Inez--1966
  • Ione--1955
  • Irene--2011
  • Iris--2001
  • Isabel--2003
  • Isidore--2002
  • Ivan--2004
  • Janet--1955
  • Jeanne--2004
  • Joan--1988
  • Juan--2003
  • Katrina--2005
  • Keith--2000
  • Klaus--1990
  • Lenny--1999
  • Lili--2002
  • Luis--1995
  • Marilyn--1995
  • Michelle--2001
  • Mitch--1998
  • Noel--2007
  • Opal--1995
  • Paloma--2008
  • Rita--2005
  • Roxanne--1995
  • Sandy--2012
  • Stan--2005
  • Tomas--2010
  • Wilma--2005
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There have been a total of 240 names used for tropical storms and hurricanes in the Atlantic Basin since names were introduced in 1950. Below is a complete list of these names as well as the year they were originally designated.
Storm Name Year
ABLE 1950
BAKER 1950
CHARLIE 1950
DOG 1950
EASY 1950
FOX 1950
GEORGE 1950
HOW 1950
ITEM 1950
JIG 1950
KING 1950
LOVE 1950
ALICE 1953
BARBARA 1953
CAROL 1953
DOLLY 1953
EDNA 1953
FLORENCE 1953
GAIL 1953
HAZEL 1953
GILDA 1954
BRENDA 1955
CONNIE 1955
DIANE 1955
EDITH 1955
FLORA 1955
GLADYS 1955
HILDA 1955
IONE 1955
JANET 1955
KATIE 1955
ANNA 1956
BETSY 1956
CARLA 1956
DORA 1956
ETHEL 1956
FLOSSY 1956
GRETA 1956
AUDREY 1957
BERTHA 1957
CARRIE 1957
DEBBIE 1957
ESTHER 1957
FRIEDA 1957
ALMA 1958
BECKY 1958
CLEO 1958
DAISY 1958
ELLA 1958
FIFI 1958
GERDA 1958
HELENE 1958
ILSA 1958
JANICE 1958
ARLENE 1959
BEULAH 1959
CINDY 1959
DEBRA 1959
GRACIE 1959
HANNAH 1959
IRENE 1959
JUDITH 1959
DONNA 1960
ABBY 1960
INGA 1961
JENNY 1961
HATTIE 1961
FRANCES 1961
CELIA 1962
HELENA 1963
GINNY 1963
ISBELL 1964
ELENA 1965
LOIS 1966
INEZ 1966
HALLIE 1966
FAITH 1966
DOROTHY 1966
HEIDI 1967
GINGER 1967
FERN 1967
DORIA 1967
CHLOE 1967
CANDY 1968
MARTHA 1969
LAURIE 1969
KARA 1969
HOLLY 1969
FRANCELIA 1969
EVE 1969
CAMILLE 1969
BLANCHE 1969
FELICE 1970
LAURA 1971
KRISTY 1971
BETH 1971
DELTA 1972
DAWN 1972
BETTY 1972
AGNES 1972
ALPHA 1972
FRAN 1973
ELLEN 1973
DELIA 1973
CHRISTINE 1973
ALFA 1973
GERTRUDE 1974
ELAINE 1974
CARMEN 1974
FAYE 1975
ELOISE 1975
DORIS 1975
CAROLINE 1975
AMY 1975
GLORIA 1976
EMMY 1976
DOTTIE 1976
CANDICE 1976
BELLE 1976
EVELYN 1977
CLARA 1977
BABE 1977
ANITA 1977
KENDRA 1978
JULIET 1978
IRMA 1978
HOPE 1978
FLOSSIE 1978
CORA 1978
BESS 1978
AMELIA 1978
HENRI 1979
FREDERIC 1979
DAVID 1979
CLAUDETTE 1979
BOB 1979
ANA 1979
KARL 1980
JEANNE 1980
IVAN 1980
HERMINE 1980
GEORGES 1980
EARL 1980
DANIELLE 1980
CHARLEY 1980
BONNIE 1980
ALLEN 1980
KATRINA 1981
JOSE 1981
HARVEY 1981
GERT 1981
FLOYD 1981
EMILY 1981
DENNIS 1981
BRET 1981
ERNESTO 1982
DEBBY 1982
CHRIS 1982
BERYL 1982
ALBERTO 1982
ALICIA 1983
BARRY 1983
CHANTAL 1983
DEAN 1983
ARTHUR 1984
CESAR 1984
DIANA 1984
EDOUARD 1984
GUSTAV 1984
HORTENSE 1984
ISIDORE 1984
JOSEPHINE 1984
KLAUS 1984
LILI 1984
DANNY 1985
FABIAN 1985
ISABEL 1985
JUAN 1985
KATE 1985
ANDREW 1986
GILBERT 1988
ISAAC 1988
JOAN 1988
KEITH 1988
ALLISON 1989
ERIN 1989
FELIX 1989
GABRIELLE 1989
HUGO 1989
IRIS 1989
JERRY 1989
KAREN 1989
MARCO 1990
NANA 1990
ERIKA 1991
GRACE 1991
GORDON 1994
HUMBERTO 1995
LUIS 1995
MARILYN 1995
NOEL 1995
OPAL 1995
PABLO 1995
ROXANNE 1995
SEBASTIEN 1995
TANYA 1995
KYLE 1996
BILL 1997
ALEX 1998
LISA 1998
MITCH 1998
NICOLE 1998
LENNY 1999
JOYCE 2000
LESLIE 2000
MICHAEL 2000
NADINE 2000
LORENZO 2001
MICHELLE 2001
OLGA 2001
CRISTOBAL 2002
FAY 2002
HANNA 2002
LARRY 2003
MINDY 2003
NICHOLAS 2003
ODETTE 2003
PETER 2003
GASTON 2004
MATTHEW 2004
OTTO 2004
FRANKLIN 2005
LEE 2005
KIRK 2006
ANDREA 2007
INGRID 2007
MELISSA 2007
IKE 2008
LAURA 2008
COLIN 2010
FIONA 2010
IGOR 2010
JULIA 2010
DENNIS 2011
KATIA 2011
RINA 2011
SEAN 2011
WHITNEY 2011
DORIAN 2013
FERNAND 2013
NESTOR 2013


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