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Published: 2016-01-13 16:13:00
Updated: 2017-04-20 16:48:37
Posted January 13, 2016
Updated April 20
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.