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:
Driving in the Caribbean If you plan to rent a car, be aware that most jurisdictions of the Caribbean drive on the left. The only places where you drive on the right are Aruba, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, and the Netherlands Antilles. In other places, if you are not used to driving on the left, proceed slowly and with utmost caution. You may wish to ride as a passenger for a while before trying to drive yourself.
Driving conditions and local driving patterns are different from the U.S. ... more
When to go December through mid-April is the most popular time to visit the Caribbean, as travelers flee the chilly northern weather for sunny skies, white-sand beaches, and warm temperatures. To get the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months—or get even better rates by traveling in the fall (September–October).
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