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Hurricane Names Retired After Storms Lose Punch

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RALEIGH — Much like great athletes who have theirnumbers retired, destructive hurricanes have their names put to rest afterthey become nothing more than a heavy rain storm.

People in southern Florida will never be terrorized by Hurricane Andrewagain. He was placed in the history books for good after smashing theSunshine State, the Bahamas and Louisiana to the tune of more than $25billion.

Who could forget Hugo's visit to Charleston and the destructive path hecut all the way to Charlotte in 1989.

Gloria came calling in 1985, punishing North Carolina and thenortheast.

And nearly 30 years earlier, category-four Hurricane Hazel ripped theCarolinas to the tune of $1.4 billion in damages.

There was a Bertha on the hurricane names list seven years ago. Shewasn't strong enough to retire the name that time around, but managed tomake the history books when the name showed up again in 1996.

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