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:
Bottled Water In a restaurant, ask for a bottle of water unopened. Have them open it at the table, and you can be sure you won't get local water, bottled. This will also tell you that they use bottled water to cook and clean with.
Camera Tips Always keep your film, tape, or computer disks out of the sun. Carry an extra supply of batteries, and be prepared to turn on your camera, camcorder, or laptop to prove to security personnel that the device is real. Always ask for hand inspection of film, which becomes clouded after successive exposures to airport X-ray machines, and keep videotapes and computer disks away from metal detectors.
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