Here is the list of hurricane storm names that have been retired, as of publication in January, 2017.
For Atlantic hurricanes, there is now one list that gets repeated every six years.
However, the names of especially destructive hurricanes do get retired. These hurricanes had a terrible impact on the lives or the economy. The offending name is replaced by another name.
Any country may request that the name of a hurricane be “retired,” which must then be considered and agreed by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
Below is a list of Atlantic Ocean retired names and the year the hurricanes occurred. Note that this hurricane-naming tradition only started in 1950 so there may be historic storms that are not included because they happened before 1950.
Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names
These storms have been some of the most destructive and costly.
Did You Know?
Around 39% of hurricanes that hit the United States strike the state of Florida.
Also, two-thirds of the strongest hurricanes (Class 4 or 5) make landfall on either the Florida or Texas coast.