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:
Packing Tip When you are traveling as a couple, each of you should put one complete outfit in the other's suitcase in case one suitcase is delayed or lost. It is also a good idea to carry a change of underwear and socks in your carry-on.
Planning your trip with kids Get your kids actively involved in planning your trip from the very beginning -- that way older kids have a stake in making it work and you have a chance to allay younger kids' natural wariness of the unknown. Besides, it's fun.
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