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Ana

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Grace

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Ida

Igor

Irene

Isaac

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Isaias

Joaquin

Julia

Jose

Joyce

Jerry

Josephine

Kate

Karl

Katia

Kirk

Karen

Kyle

Larry

Lisa

Lee

Leslie

Lorenzo

Laura

Mindy

Matthew

Maria

Michael

Melissa

Marco

Nicholas

Nicole

Nate

Nadine

Nestor

Nana

Odette

Otto

Ophelia

Oscar

Olga

Omar

Peter

Paula

Philippe

Patty

Pablo

Paulette

Rose

Richard

Rina

Rafael

Rebekah

Rene

Sam

Shary

Sean

Sandy

Sebastien

Sally

Teresa

Tomas

Tammy

Tony

Tanya

Teddy

Victor

Virginie

Vince

Valerie

Van

Vicky

Wanda

Walter

Whitney

William

Wendy

Wilfred

 

Atlantic Hurricane Names

When a really great athlete decides to leave sports, his jersey or number is often retired. The largest and most destructive storm in the tropics - the hurricane - makes a similar farewell. Hurricane names can and do get retired, not to be reused for at least ten years, perhaps longer.

Hurricanes that cause severe damage or kill and injure many people are remembered for generations and some go into hurricane history, says the National Hurricane Center in Miami. The country most affected can request that the storm's name be removed from use to avoid confusion caused by a future storm having the same name.

When a storm name is retired from the Atlantic's list of names, member countries of the World Meteorological Organization from that region select a new name. For Atlantic storms the name can be either French, Spanish or English, reflecting the languages of potential victims.

A good example is Hurricane Hugo in 1989. Hugo roared across the northeast Caribbean devastating many of the small islands east of Puerto Rico. It then skimmed Puerto Rico before slamming into South Carolina. Hurricane Hugo caused more than $8 billion damage and killed 82 people. Most of the deaths occurred on the tiny Caribbean islands. When the request was made to retire the name "Hugo" from the list of names, the "H" storm was replaced by the name "Humberto", a Spanish name. Humberto was used for the first time in 1995 - it became a hurricane in September with 105 mph winds. The storm stayed over the Atlantic, never threatening land.

The hurricane center says the "retirement rule" once had exceptions. Before 1979, when rotation of the permanent six-year storm list began, some storm names were simply not used anymore. In 1966, "Frieda" was replaced by "Fern" for no apparent reason.

Below is a list of deadly, costly and destructive storms whose names have been retired, guaranteeing them a place in hurricane history. This is not a complete list of deadly or destructive hurricanes since many such storms hit before 1950 when naming began.

*Affecting Louisiana

Name Year Name Year Name Year Name Year
Agnes 1972 Cleo 1964 Frances 2004 Janet 1955
Alicia 1983 Connie 1955 Frederic 1979 Joan 1988
Allen 1980 David 1979 George 1998 Katrina* 2005*
Allison 2001 Dean 2007 Gilbert 1988 Keith 2000
Andrew* 1992 Diana 1990 Gloria 1985 Klaus 1990
Anita 1977 Diane 1955 Gustav* 2008* Lenny 1999
Audrey* 1957 Donna 1960 Hattie 1961 Lili* 2002
Betsy* 1965 Dora 1964 Hazel 1954 Luis 1995
Beulah 1967 Edna 1968 Hilda* 1654 Marilyn 1995
Bob 1991 Elena* 1985 Hortense 1966 Mitch 1998
Camille* 1969 Eloise 1975 Hugo 1989 Noel 2007
Carla 1961 Fabian 2003 Ike* 2008 Opal 1995
Carmen* 1974 Felix 2003 Inez 1966 Paloma 2008
Carol* 1954 Fifi 1974 Ione 1955 Roxanne 1995
Celia 1970 Flora 1963 Iris 2001 Stan 2005
Cesar 1996 Floyd 1999 Isidore 2002 Wilma 2005
Charley 2004 Fran 1996 Ivan 2004

   
**The name "Carol" was used again to denote a hurricane in the mid-Atlantic Ocean in 1965. However, because the name does not appear after that time, it is assumed that the name was retired retrospectively for the damages caused by the 1954 storm of the same name.

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