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Hurricane names for the 2017 Atlantic season

Posted January 13, 2016
Updated 4:48 p.m. Thursday

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.

Arlene
Bret
Cindy
Don
Emily
Franklin
Gert
Harvey
Irma
Jose
Katia
Lee
Maria
Nate
Ophelia
Philippe
Rina
Sean
Tammy
Vince
Whitney

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