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Retired Storm Names

Atlantic Storms Retired Into Hurricane History

Hurricanes began getting names in 1950, when the U.S. Weather Bureau began using the phonetic alphabet (Able-Baker-Charlie).

In 1953, womens names were substituted, and in 1979, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the U.S. National Weather Service switched to a list of names that also included men's names. The current list of names recycles every six years, unless a hurricane gets its name retired. Any nation impacted by a severe hurricane can lobby the WMO to have the hurricane's name retired. From 1950 - 2011, 76 hurricanes had their names retired. The list includes one tropical storm, Allison of 2001, that caused billions in damage from its heavy rains. Only three Eastern Pacific hurricanes have had their names retired--Hurricane Ismael of 1995, Hurricane Pauline of 1997, and Hurricane Kenna of 2002.

The storm with the most appearances so far is Arlene, which has appeared ten times: 1959, 1963, 1967, 1971, 1981, 1987, 1993, 1999, 2005, 2011, and will come again in 2017. One exception to the retirement rule: before 1979, some storm names were simply dropped. For example, in 1966, Fern was substituted for Frieda, and no reason was given.

Below is a list of Atlantic Ocean retired names, the years the hurricanes occurred, and the areas they affected. Keep in mind that a large number of destructive storms occurred before naming began in 1950, and are not included on this list.

Year Name Areas Affected
2012 Sandy Jamaica, Cuba, Bahamas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S.
2011 Irene Bahamas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S.
2010 Tomas Barbados, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Haiti, Turks and Caicos
2010 Igor Newfoundland, Bermuda
2008 Paloma Cayman Islands, Cuba
2008 Ike Turks and Caicos, Cuba, Texas
2008 Gustav Haiti, Jamaica, Caman Islands, Cuba, Louisiana
2007 Noel Hispaniola, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas
2007 Felix Nicaragua, Honduras
2007 Dean Mexico, Jamaica
2005 Wilma Cuba, Florida
2005 Stan Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador
2005 Rita Louisiana, Texas, Florida
2005 Katrina Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
2005 Dennis Cuba, Florida
2004 Jeanne Florida, Haiti
2004 Ivan Grenada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Alabama, Florida
2004 Frances Florida
2004 Charley Cuba, Florida
2003 Juan Nova Scotia
2003 Isabel North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland
2003 Fabian Bermuda
2002 Lili Cuba, Louisiana
2002 Isidore Cuba, Mexico, Louisiana
2001 Michelle Cuba, Bahamas
2001 Iris Belize
2001 Allison Texas
2000 Keith Belize, Mexico
1999 Lenny Virgin Islands, St. Maartin/St. Martin, Anguilla
1999 Floyd North Carolina
1998 Mitch Central America, Nicaragua, Honduras
1998 Georges Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba, Mississippi
1996 Hortense Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic
1996 Fran North Carolina
1996 Cesar Nicaragua
1995 Roxanne Mexico
1995 Opal Florida
1995 Marilyn Virgin Islands, Leeward Islands
1995 Luis Leeward Islands
1992 Andrew Bahamas, South Florida, Louisiana
1991 Bob North Carolina, Northeast U.S.
1990 Klaus Martinique
1990 Diana Mexico
1989 Hugo Antilles, South Carolina
1988 Joan Curacao, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua (Crossed into the Pacific)
1988 Gilbert Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
1985 Gloria North Carolina, Northeast U.S.
1985 Elena Mississippi, Alabama, Western Florida
1983 Alicia Texas
1980 Allen Antilles, Mexico, South Texas
1979 Frederic Alabama and Mississippi
1979 David Lesser Antilles, Hispaniola, Florida and Eastern U.S.
1977 Anita Mexico
1975 Eloise Antilles, Northwest Florida, Alabama
1974 Fifi Honduras, Guatemala
1974 Carmen Mexico, Louisiana
1972 Agnes Florida, Northeast U.S.
1970 Celia South Texas
1969 Camille Mississipi
1967 Beulah Antilles, Mexico, South Texas
1966 Inez Lesser Antilles, Hispaniola, Cuba, Florida Keys, Mexico
1965 Betsy Bahamas, Southeast Florida, Southeast Louisiana
1964 Dora Northeast Florida
1964 Cleo Lesser Antilles, Haiti, Cuba, Southeast Florida
1964 Hilda Louisiana
1963 Flora Haiti, Cuba
1961 Hattie Belize, Guatemala
1961 Carla Texas
1960 Donna Bahamas, Florida and Eastern U.S.
1957 Audrey Louisiana, Northeast Texas
1955 Janet Lesser Antilles, Belize, Mexico
1955 Ione North Carolina
1955 Diane Mid-Atlantic U.S., Northeast U.S.
1955 Connie North Carolina
1954 Hazel Antilles, North and South Carolina
1954 Edna Massachusetts
1954 Carol Northeast U.S.
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