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Star lover
May 8th, 2018, 07:37 AM
The first year the National Hurricane Center used women's names to designate hurricanes originating the Atlantic Ocean was 1953.

That list started with a storm called Alice that passed through Florida in June and ended with Irene, which hit the Lesser Antilles in December.

The same list of names was reused in 1954, when Hurricane Carol caused so much destruction in New York and New England it became the first storm to have its name "retired."

Since 1979, the list has alternated women's and men's names.

Hurricane Alice is the only known Atlantic hurricane to span two calendar years. Alice developed on December 30, 1954. The storm increased to hurricane status and passed through the Leeward Islands on January 2, 1955.

Worst hurricanes in history:

#1 - The Great Hurricane of 1789. Death toll: over 20,000. Affected the Caribbeans, Barbados. Undetermined category (before modern day equipment).

#2 - Hurricane Mitch (1998). Death Toll: Over 19,325. Category: 5. Areas Affected: Honduras, Swan Islands, Belize, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua.

#3 - Galveston Hurricane (1900). Death Toll: 6,000 to 12,000. Category: 4. Areas Affected: Gulf of Mexico, Cuba, United States (Texas).

KPH
May 8th, 2018, 09:19 AM
My great uncle, was one of the first generation AF teams that flew into hurricanes to take the measurements and everything.

Hulamoon
May 8th, 2018, 09:49 AM
I've been through two bad ones, but not the death tolls in your aritcle. Hawaii hurricanes are named differently depending from which direction they are coming from and always a Hawaiian name. One was a after a bird. The third link is all the names picked out for future names for the US. They pick them really far in advance.

Hawaiian history of names

https://blog.sfgate.com/hawaii/2014/08/07/hawaii-hurricane-names-tell-a-story/
http://hpr2.org/post/history-behind-naming-hawaiian-hurricanes

Names picked for upcoming years

http://www.prh.noaa.gov/cphc/pages/names.php#central

Carlie Wolf
May 8th, 2018, 01:56 PM
I remember Carol. I believe Hazel also passed over and there was one other one when I lived in NJ. I've always been a hurricane watcher.