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These are the 2019 hurricane names for Atlantic storms

The official start of the hurricane season is June 1, but we already had a subtropical storm in the Atlantic.
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In this satellite image provided by U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Florence churns through the Atlantic Ocean toward the U.S. East Coast on September 12, 2018.

TEMPLE, Texas — Here are the 2019 hurricane, tropical storm names:

Andrea

Barry

Chantal

Erin

Fernand

Gabrielle

Humberto

Imelda

Jerry

Karen

Lorenzo

Melissa

Nestor

Olga

Pablo

Rebekah

Sebastian

Tanya

Van

Wendy

Some history behind hurricane names:

  • Before the 1950s, meteorologists referred to hurricanes and tropical storms in the order they happened, such as "the fifth tropical storm" or "storm 5."
  • During the 1950s, they realized it would be easier to keep track of storms by naming them. Until 1979, all of the names were female.
  • The World Meteorological Organization comes up with the names each year. They use six sets of alphabetical lists, alternating between male and female names. The letters Q, U, X, Y and Z aren't used.
  • If there are more than 21 storms in a year (heaven forbid!), they use the Greek alphabet.
  • Names for the worst storms, like Harvey, Maria and Katrina, are retired.

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