The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, beginning June 1, is forecast to be less active than a year ago with the number of named storms and hurricanes near historical averages. Each season, the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) retires the names of the hurricanes or tropical storms that were particularly deadly or destructive. Requests from countries that were hit are taken into consideration.

The storms that are retired are the worst of the worst, and their names are not used again for sensitivity reasons, according to the National Hurricane Center. There are a few exceptions, including the use of a name associated with bad events or organizations or for storms that were important in research.

1935 Hurricane Monument Hurricane Season
1935 Hurricane Monument Islamorada

Sometimes names are expired for no reason, as was the case with several names from the original list: Edith, Gracie, Judith, and Kristy. Other names, including Hannah and Sophie, had their names changed to different spellings over time.

Most Commonly used storm names in the Atlantic.
Arlene, which already occurred this Hurricane season, has been used 11 times since 1959 and is the most frequent storm name in the Atlantic Basin. Source: The Weather Channel

Below is a list of Atlantic Ocean retired names, the years the hurricanes occurred, and the areas they affected. Keep in mind that a large number of destructive storms occurred before naming began in 1950, and are not included on this list. Source Weather Underground

YearNameAreas Affected
2012SandyJamaica, Cuba, Bahamas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S.
2011IreneBahamas, Mid-Atlantic and Northeast U.S.
2010TomasBarbados, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Haiti, Turks and Caicos
2010IgorNewfoundland, Bermuda
2008PalomaCayman Islands, Cuba
2008IkeTurks and Caicos, Cuba, Texas
2008GustavHaiti, Jamaica, Caman Islands, Cuba, Louisiana
2007NoelHispaniola, Puerto Rico, Cuba, Bahamas
2007FelixNicaragua, Honduras
2007DeanMexico, Jamaica
2005WilmaCuba, Florida
2005StanMexico, Guatemala, El Salvador
2005RitaLouisiana, Texas, Florida
2005KatrinaLouisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida
2005DennisCuba, Florida
2004JeanneFlorida, Haiti
2004IvanGrenada, Cayman Islands, Cuba, Alabama, Florida
2004FrancesFlorida
2004CharleyCuba, Florida
2003JuanNova Scotia
2003IsabelNorth Carolina, Virginia, Maryland
2003FabianBermuda
2002LiliCuba, Louisiana
2002IsidoreCuba, Mexico, Louisiana
2001MichelleCuba, Bahamas
2001IrisBelize
2001AllisonTexas
2000KeithBelize, Mexico
1999LennyVirgin Islands, St. Maartin/St. Martin, Anguilla
1999FloydNorth Carolina
1998MitchCentral America, Nicaragua, Honduras
1998GeorgesLesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Cuba, Key West, Mississippi
1996HortensePuerto Rico, Dominican Republic
1996FranNorth Carolina
1996CesarNicaragua
1995RoxanneMexico
1995OpalFlorida
1995MarilynVirgin Islands, Leeward Islands
1995LuisLeeward Islands
1992AndrewBahamas, South Florida, Louisiana
1991BobNorth Carolina, Northeast U.S.
1990KlausMartinique
1990DianaMexico
1989HugoAntilles, South Carolina
1988JoanCuracao, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua (Crossed into the Pacific)
1988GilbertLesser Antilles, Jamaica, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
1985GloriaNorth Carolina, Northeast U.S.
1985ElenaMississippi, Alabama, Western Florida
1983AliciaTexas
1980AllenAntilles, Mexico, South Texas
1979FredericAlabama and Mississippi
1979DavidLesser Antilles, Hispaniola, Florida and Eastern U.S.
1977AnitaMexico
1975EloiseAntilles, Northwest Florida, Alabama
1974FifiHonduras, Guatemala
1974CarmenMexico, Louisiana
1972AgnesFlorida, Northeast U.S.
1970CeliaSouth Texas
1969CamilleMississipi
1967BeulahAntilles, Mexico, South Texas
1966InezLesser Antilles, Hispaniola, Cuba, Florida Keys, Mexico
1965BetsyBahamas, Southeast Florida, Southeast Louisiana
1964DoraNortheast Florida
1964CleoLesser Antilles, Haiti, Cuba, Southeast Florida
1964HildaLouisiana
1963FloraHaiti, Cuba
1961HattieBelize, Guatemala
1961CarlaTexas
1960DonnaBahamas, Florida Keys, and Eastern U.S.
1957AudreyLouisiana, Northeast Texas
1955JanetLesser Antilles, Belize, Mexico
1955IoneNorth Carolina
1955DianeMid-Atlantic U.S., Northeast U.S.
1955ConnieNorth Carolina
1954HazelAntilles, North and South Carolina
1954EdnaMassachusetts
1954CarolNortheast U.S.

 

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