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Hurricane names for the 2018 Atlantic season

Posted May 14, 2018 4:13 p.m. EDT

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.

Alberto
Beryl
Chris
Debby
Ernesto
Florence
Gordon
Helene
Isaac
Joyce
Kirk
Leslie
Michael
Nadine
Oscar
Patty
Rafael
Sara
Tony
Valerie
William