Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names

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August 13, 2019

Hurricane Isabel, 2003.


Did you know that hurricane names could be retired? Find out why some names are no longer used for Atlantic storms and see the list of hurricane names that have been retired since the 1950s.

Why Are Hurricane Names Retired?

For Atlantic hurricanes, there are six lists of names that are repeated every six years (which you can see here).

However, the names of especially destructive hurricanes often get retired. These hurricanes had a terrible impact on lives or the economy. (When a name is retired, it’s replaced by a new name.)

Any country may request that the name of a hurricane be “retired,” which must then be considered and agreed upon by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

Current List of Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names

Below is the list of Atlantic Ocean retired names and the year the hurricane(s) occurred.

Note that the hurricane-naming tradition only started in 1950, so there may be historic storms that are not included because they happened before 1950. Also of note: before 1979, hurricanes were only given women’s names.

Years Names
1954 Carol, Hazel
1955 Connie, Diane, Ione, Janet
1957 Audrey
1960 Donna
1961 Carla, Hattie
1963 Flora
1964 Cleo, Dora, Hilda
1965 Betsy
1966 Inez
1967 Beulah
1968 Edna
1969 Camille
1970 Celia
1972 Agnes
1974 Carmen, Fifi
1975 Eloise
1977 Anita
1979 David, Frederic
1980 Allen
1983 Alicia
1985 Elena, Gloria
1988 Gilbert, Joan
1989 Hugo
1990 Diana, Klaus
1991 Bob
1992 Andrew
1995 Luis, Marilyn, Opal, Roxanne
1996 Cesar, Fran, Hortense
1998 Georges, Mitch
1999 Floyd, Lenny
2000 Keith
2001 Allison, Iris, Michelle
2002 Isidore, Lili
2003 Fabian, Isabel, Juan
2004 Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne
2005 Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, Wilma
2007 Dean, Felix, Noel
2008 Gustav, Ike, Paloma
2010 Igor, Tomas
2011 Irene
2012 Sandy
2013 Ingrid
2015 Erika, Joaquin
2016 Matthew, Otto
2017 Harvey, Irma, Maria, Nate
2018 Florence, Michael

This table was last updated in August 2019. Source: NOAA

See the list of names for the current hurricane season.

Did You Know?

  • Around 39% of hurricanes that hit the United States strike the state of Florida.
  • Two-thirds of the strongest hurricanes (Class 4 or 5) make landfall on either the Florida or Texas coast. 

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New hurricane names

James,May or Felicia ( pronounced in Latin version)

Names that should be added

You need to add Harvey, Irma and Maria

Hurricane names

What would usually happen if all of the names on the list of hurricane names are used?

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Interesting question! The hurricane list of names starts over every season, but if they run out of names in a single season, the Greek alphabet is used (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon … )

Hurricane Names

If all the names on the Hurricane list are used?
They add a new name , for example my:
Hurricane Elaine.
But I promise I will pray to be a category 1.
Best Regards,

hurricane Jaylen

can you name a hurricane named hurricane jaylen pleaesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss

Hurricane Names

I really don't understand why they go through all of this drama with the names. They should just number the storms and let it go at that.

retired names

Donna is repeated this year

Atlantic Storm Names

Do you ever change out all of the names. Adding 6 new list after 6 years. I'm 63, and remember so many of the retired Huricane names and their landfalls. Elouise and Opal are two that hit Panama City Beach, and Panama City hard 20 years apart.
Living on the Northern Gulf Coast, Tropical Systems are ALWAYS watched closely by People here, from the time they are first talked about off the African Coast. Storm paths, wind speeds, barometric pressure numbers, a big focus I remember from all of my June to November Hurricane seasons. My 94 year old Mother, Ruby, always tracked each storm of each season on storm maps, once they started including them in our Newspapers each season. She says they used to be called September Storms, Oct. & Nov. Storms when she was young and remembers some bad ones in late '20s, '30s, and 40s.
Through the years, I don't remember ever hearing of a Hurricane Nancie/Nancy. Has there been a Nancy storm that I just missed hearing about? If not, will Nancie ever be considered? Living on the NW Florida Gulf Coast all of my life, it's Just something I've wondered about many times. Thanks in Advance, for any answers you can give me.. Nancie Norton..
Panama City/Bay County, Florida

Naming Storms

How do names get added/changed? Only once one of the usual is retired? How about "Lavera"?

The World Meteorological

The World Meteorological Organization selects the names. There is a set list of male and female names which are used on a six-year rotation. They only retire a name when the hurricane was especially deadly.


When will Roman be used ???

And in 2015, Patricia.

And in 2015, Patricia.

Wondering if Andrew in 1992;

Wondering if Andrew in 1992; was a retired storm name

Yes, Andrew (1992) is a

Yes, Andrew (1992) is a retired name. 

Was the name name Jane

Was the name name Jane Maggie or Mary ever named as a storm at any time IRENE is my middle name and it made the list .

U see its on the list......

U see its on the list......

Keith Jay

Keith Jay