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Hurricane Names for 2018 Listed

Hurricane Names for 2018 Listed
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By    |   Thursday, 21 June 2018 03:41 PM

With hurricane season well underway this month, names of the storms for 2018 have been established by the World Meteorological Organization.

The first name has already been ticked off the list, with subtropical storm Alberto landing in the Florida Panhandle and Alabama in late May, according to The Weather Channel.

The next storm will be named Beryl, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Hurricane Center. That will be followed by Chris, Debby, Ernesto, Florence, Gordon, Helene, Isaac, Joyce, Kirk, Leslie, Michael, Nadine, Oscar, Patty, Rafael, Sara, Tony, Valerie, and William.

The National Hurricane Center said on its website that the U.S. started naming storms by an alphabetical system in 1953, using female names for storms. The practice of using only female names ended in 1978 when male names were added for the 1979 season for storms in the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico, the center said.

The names repeat themselves every seventh year unless a name – because of a storm's damage and notoriety – gets retired. Hurricane Katrina, for example, that slammed into New Orleans and southeastern U.S. in 2005, has been retired.

Last year, four names – Harvey, Irma, Maria, and Nate were all retired. It was the most storm names retired since 2005, when Dennis, Rita, Stan, and Wilma were retired along with Katrina, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The last time Beryl was used was 2012, when it became a tropical storm that struck northern Florida and southern Georgia on Memorial Day weekend, according to The Weather Channel.

Chris became a Category 1 hurricane in 2012 and became the northernmost June Atlantic tropical cyclone to become a hurricane on record, at 39.4 degrees north latitude – roughly the same latitude as Philadelphia, per the channel.

The 2012 version of Isaac hit the northern Gulf Coast, causing an estimated $2.8 billion in damage with storm tides up to 17 feet above ground level that swamped Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, The Weather Channel said. A significant surge flooding the Mississippi Gulf Coast and unprotected areas of Slidell and LaPlace, Louisiana, the channel said.

Storms that form in eastern north Pacific Ocean will be named with a different list, created by the World Meteorological Organization. Those names are Aletta, Bud, Carlotta, Daniel, Emilia, Fabio, Gilma, Hector, Ileana, John, Kristy, Lane, Miriam, Norman, Olivia, Paul, Rosa, Sergio, Tara, Vicente, Willa, Xavier, Yolanda, and Zeke.

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