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These Hurricanes Were So Bad, Their Names Were Retired

Which hurricanes do you remember?

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy - Credit: Credit: Patch File Photo
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy - Credit: Credit: Patch File Photo
Written by Mary Ann Barton

With the recent naming of the first tropical storm of the 2014 season, we wondered about some of the names that will never darken the door of the National Hurricane Center again. 

Why? Because the NHC, in an annual meeting with the World Meteorological Organization, banishes storms that are so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity, according to the NHC.

(Click here to see all of the 2014 hurricane names.)

If it's decided that a storm's name will be banished, the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it.

Which letter of the alphabet has seen the most names retired? The C's and I's have it, with nine apiece. Here's the list of all the hurricane names that we'll never see again.


Retired Atlantic Hurricane Names

  • Agnes  1972
  • Alicia  1983
  • Allen  1980
  • Allison  2001
  • Andrew  1992
  • Anita  1977
  • Audrey  1957
  • Betsy  1965
  • Beulah  1967
  • Bob  1991
  • Camille  1969
  • Carla  1961
  • Carmen  1974
  • Carol  1954
  • Celia  1970
  • Cesar  1996
  • Charley  2004
  • Cleo  1964
  • Connie  1955
  • David  1979
  • Dean  2007
  • Dennis  2005
  • Diana  1990
  • Diane  1955
  • Donna  1960
  • Dora  1964
  • Edna  1968
  • Elena  1985
  • Eloise  1975
  • Fabian  2003
  • Felix  2007
  • Fifi  1974
  • Flora  1963
  • Floyd  1999
  • Fran  1996
  • Frances  2004
  • Frederic  1979
  • Georges  1998
  • Gilbert  1988
  • Gloria  1985
  • Gustav  2008
  • Hattie  1961
  • Hazel  1954
  • Hilda  1964
  • Hortense  1996
  • Hugo  1989
  • Igor  2010
  • Ike  2008
  • Inez  1966
  • Ingrid  2013
  • Ione  1955
  • Irene  2011
  • Iris  2001
  • Isabel  2003
  • Isidore  2002
  • Ivan  2004
  • Janet  1955
  • Jeanne  2004
  • Joan  1988
  • Juan  2003
  • Katrina  2005
  • Keith  2000
  • Klaus  1990
  • Lenny  1999
  • Lili  2002
  • Luis  1995
  • Marilyn  1995
  • Michelle  2001
  • Mitch  1998
  • Noel  2007
  • Opal  1995
  • Paloma  2008
  • Rita  2005
  • Roxanne  1995
  • Sandy  2012
  • Stan  2005
  • Tomas  2010
  • Wilma  2005
Bob July 03, 2014 at 06:09 AM
Silly to name hurricanes anyway; just another way for news to try and create drama.
teri kopp July 03, 2014 at 09:08 AM
Of course! In the 19th century, when they started naming hurricanes, there was a real need for the dramatics in the news, not that it did much for those who didn't get newspapers regularly or couldn't read. Then the national weather service devised that scheme of media over-sensationalism in 1953 of officially naming and recording the names when only a few people had TV, everyone had a radio and the weather men needed to compete with Little Orphan Annie and the Lone Ranger. So glad you exposed that bit of media hype and abuse by the national weather service!
DaymanvsNightman July 04, 2014 at 10:43 AM
During Katrina, police went door to door and confiscated guns from legal owners!
JB July 04, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Dayman, what in the world does that have to do with retiring names from the hurricane list? Such a weird comment to make.
Andrew Mitchell Blum CT July 04, 2014 at 07:27 PM
There will never be another Andrew Mitchell again! :D Andrew Mitchell Blum Fairfield, CT

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