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Hurricane names for the 2016 Atlantic season

Posted January 13
Updated July 20

Days of heavy rain and the passing offshore of Hurricane Joaquin pushed waves and sand onto roads in Buxton. (Photos by Donny Bowers)

The National Hurricane Center generates lists of names, in alphabetical order, to be used for tropical storms and hurricanes.

As storms form, they are named in order. Thus the first tropical storm or hurricane of the year has a name that begins with "A" and the second is given the name that begins with "B." The lists contain hurricane names that begin from A to W, but exclude names that begin with a "Q" or "U."

There are six lists, so a name can recur once every six years. When a hurricane is especially memorable or devastating, that name is retired and another hurricane name replaces it.

Alex
Bonnie
Colin
Danielle
Earl
Fiona
Gaston
Hermine
Ian
Julia
Karl
Lisa
Matthew
Nicole
Otto
Paula
Richard
Shary
Tobias
Virginie
Walter

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