Never to be used again
The World Meteorological Organization, which sets the name list for each hurricane basin, running on a seven year cycle so most names from the 2012 season will be used again for storms that form in 2018. The WMO also decides when to retire names, and replaces those names with another of the same letter and gender.
In these images, we take a look at some of the most notorious storms whose names were retired from the Atlantic hurricane name lists, never to be used again.
Hurricane Donna 1960
In late August and early September, it hit the Leeward Islands, the southeastern Bahamas and the Florida Keys as a major Category 4 hurricane. It then curved and made landfall on mainland Florida, also as a Category 4 hurricane, before subsequently hitting coastal North Carolina and then Long Island as a Category 3 storm. It was a Category 1 and 2 as it moved over New England.
All of those landfalls in the United States made Donna the only notable storm to bring hurricane winds to Florida, the Mid-Atlantic and New England, the NWS noted.
In addition to its punishing winds, Donna generated large storm surges. It killed 50 people in the United States and 114 in the Bahamas, Leeward Islands and Puerto Rico. It caused $387 million in damage in the United States and $13 million elsewhere.
Hurricane Camille 1969
Until Katrina, Camille was the storm by which all others were measured in this part of the Gulf Coast. It brought a storm tide of 24.6 ft (7.5 meters) occurred at Pass Christian, Miss., and winds that likely reached 200 mph (322 kph), though the exact wind speeds will never be known because the storm destroyed any measurement equipment, according to the National Weather Service.
After it moved inland, Camille opened up a burst of rain over the Virginias and caused catastrophic flash floods.
Camille caused $1.4 billion in damage and killed 256 people in the United States.
Hurricane Hugo 1989
Storm surge inundated the South Carolina coast, and high winds reach far inland, according to the National Weather Service.
Hugo killed an estimated 21 people in the United States and caused $7 billion in damage. It killed another five people in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and 24 elsewhere in the Caribbean.
Hurricane Andrew 1992
Andrew was a devastating Category 5 storm at landfall on Aug.24. It reportedly destroyed 25,524 homes and damaged 101,241 others in the hardest hit areas of south Florida. The town of Homestead was virtually wiped out.
Hurricane Floyd 1999
Floyd came ashore as a Category 2 hurricane, and in combination with a frontal system over the eastern United States, it unleashed rains of more than 10 inches from North Carolina northeastward, according to the National Weather Service. Wilmington, N.C., saw 19.06 inches, while Brewster, N.Y., saw 13.7 inches.
The flooding that resulted, combined with other effects from Floyd, caused $3 billion to $6 billion in damage. Fifty-six people were killed in the United States from Floyd.
Hurricane Charley 2004
The storm was only a Category 2 as it took aim at the hurricane-prone state, but it rapidly intensified to a Category 4 storm in the six hours before it made landfall and causing considerable damage.
Charley killed 10 people in the United States and caused an estimated $14 billion in damages, making Charley the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history.
Hurricane Katrina 2005
In addition to overwhelming New Orleans' levees and flooding at least 80 percent of the city, the storm surge inundated the Mississippi coast, destroying many buildings there.
Katrina caused 1,800 deaths, making it the deadliest hurricane to strike the United States since the Palm Beach-Lake Okeechobee hurricane of September 1928. It also caused about $125 billion in damages.
Irene affected the Bahamas as a Category 3 hurricane. It made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 1 storm, moved back out to sea for a second landfall near Atlantic City, N.J., and then a third in New York City along Coney Island as a much weaker storm.
Irene's rains caused massive floods and damage inland in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Vermont.
Including flood losses, damage in the United States is estimated to be $15.8 billion. He storm was directly responsible for five deaths in the Dominican Republic, three in Haiti, and 41 in the United States.
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