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2005 Hurricane Names
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History of Hurricanes
In 1953, The National Hurricane Center began naming storms, rather than
relying on the old naming system of map coordinates for identification. Originally, all
storms were named for women, but, starting in 1979, men's and women's names were
An international committee of the World Meteorological Organization now
creates and maintains the annual lists. Names are used on a six-year rotation,
meaning the 2005 list will come up again in 2011. Names of especially damaging
and deadly storms are retired. From the 2004 list, Charley, Frances, Ivan and
Jeanne -- four major hurricanes that struck Florida -- will not reappear when
the list returns in 2010.
On this year's list, Franklin and Lee replace Floyd and Lenny, which were
retired in 1999.
For 2005, Atlantic tropical storms will be named: