Hurricane Names Retired After Storms Lose Punch
Posted May 30, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — Much like great athletes who have their numbers retired, destructive hurricanes have their names put to rest after they become nothing more than a heavy rain storm.
People in southern Florida will never be terrorized by Hurricane Andrew again. He was placed in the history books for good after smashing the Sunshine State, the Bahamas and Louisiana to the tune of more than $25 billion.
Who could forget Hugo's visit to Charleston and the destructive path he cut all the way to Charlotte in 1989.
Gloria came calling in 1985, punishing North Carolina and the northeast.
And nearly 30 years earlier, category-four Hurricane Hazel ripped the Carolinas to the tune of $1.4 billion in damages.
There was a Bertha on the hurricane names list seven years ago. She wasn't strong enough to retire the name that time around, but managed to make the history books when the name showed up again in 1996.