Hurricane season 2018: Which names will be used this year?
- Author: Joey Payne Apr 13, 2018,
Apr 13, 2018, 1:23
Due to the extensive damage the four storms caused in the United States and the Caribbean a year ago, the World Meteorological Organization's Region IV Hurricane Committee has officially retired the names. The names are retired if the storms were so severe that their future use would be insensitive.
Unless a name is retired, the exact same list of names is used again six years later.
22News Storm Team Meteorologist Adam Strzempko is working for you with a look at the storm names for this upcoming season.
Irma lashed the Caribbean and the U.S., making seven separate landfalls as it tore across the islands and the Southeast U.S.
WMO maintains rotating lists of names, which are appropriate for each Tropical Cyclone basin.
The NOAA reports that Hurricane Nate made landfall in the Gulf Coast as a category 1. The four new names will be used in the 2023 season. Nate will be replaced by Nigel.
Hurricane Irma was a long-lived hurricane that reached category 5 intensity on September 5.
Hurricane season is around the corner, with forecasters predicting 3-5 major hurricanes for the US this year. The catastrophic hurricane made seven landfalls, four of which occurred as a category 5 hurricane across the northern Caribbean Islands. In total, 86 names have been retired since 1954.
This year Sara will replace the Hurricane Sandy which caused $70 billion in damage in 2012. The death toll from Maria in Puerto Rico is 65, but because the island still lacks power, the number of indirect deaths is hard to calculate. It caused at least 45 deaths in Central America.
Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. An additional nine people were missing in the region.