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Sandy out, Sara in as 2018 hurricane names released

Published Apr. 10, 2018

Hurricane season is approaching far too quickly and the National Hurricane Center has released this year's list of names for these devastating storms.

The U.S. may see many of these names used as forecasters have predicted that this hurricane season will have an above average number of storms.

Names are only given to tropical storms that have sustained wind speeds higher than 39 mph. These names will stay with the storm as it reaches hurricane strength (maximum sustained winds of 74 mph or higher), so Tropical Storm Chris will become Hurricane Chris as it reaches maturity, the National Hurricane Center explained.

If there are more than 21 storms in any given year, they will be named after characters in the Greek alphabet like Delta, Alpha or Rho.

The World Meteorological Organization maintains the list of names for Atlantic hurricanes. It utilizes six different lists of names that are reused every six years.

Since 2012, the last time the current list was utilized, the name Sandy has been replaced by Sara.

Hurricane Sandy was one of the deadliest storms in 2012 and caused nearly $70 billion in damage. Crashing through Cuba and up the East Coast of United States, the hurricane left such devastation in its wake that the WMO decided to remove it from the list of names to use.

Names are often stricken from the list if they been proven to be problematic or a prior storm with that name was particularly devastating. Other names that have been removed include Charley (2004), Matthew (2016) and Ingrid (2013).

Here is a full list of the names that will be used in 2018:























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