Forecasters predicted 2-4 major Atlantic hurricanes for the U.S. in 2019. How are these and other storms named? You probably already know that hurricane names go in alphabetical order throughout the season, but it’s more structured than that.
The World Meteorological Organization, which is in charge of assigning names to hurricanes and tropical storms, has six lists that they cycle through. (In other words, they are currently using non-retired names that were also used in both 2013 and 2005.) They’ve been using this system since 1953.
The names Michael and Florence have now been retired, joining a list of 88 storms in total.
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