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How They Are Named
differently in different parts of the world

Hurricane-like storms are called by different names in the different regions of the world. For example, the name "hurricane" is given to systems that develop over the Atlantic or the eastern Pacific Oceans. In the western North Pacific and Philippines, these systems are called "typhoons" while in the Indian and South Pacific Ocean, they are called "cyclones".

[Image: the different names of hurricanes (46K)]

Since 1953, the National Hurricane Center has produced lists of names for hurricanes. As a tropical depression develops into a tropical storm, it is given the next available name on the list, which is prepared in alphabetical order and alternates from between male and female names. The list of storm names for 1994-1999 has been given below.

Storm Names for 1994-1999
1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Alberto Allison Arthur Ana Alex Arlene
Beryl Barry Bertha Bill Bonnie Bret
Chris Chantal Cesar Claudette Charley Cindy
Debby Dean Dolly Danny Danielle Dennis
Ernesto Erin Edouard Erika Earl Emily
Florence Felix Fran Fabian Frances Floyd
Gordon Gabielle Gustav Grace Georges Gert
Helene Humberto Hortense Henri Hermine Harvey
Isaac Iris Isidore Isabel Ivan Irene
Joyce Jerry Josephine Juan Jeanne Jose
Keith Karen Kyle Kate Karl Katrina
Leslie Luis Lili Larry Lisa Lenny
Michael Marilyn Marco Mindy Mitch Maria
Nadine Noel Nana Nicholas Nicole Nate
Oscar Opal Omar Odette Otto Ophelia
Patty Pablo Paloma Peter Paula Philippe
Rafael Roxanne Rene Rose Richard Rita
Sandy Sebastien Sally Sam Shary Stan
Tony Tanya Teddy Teresa Tomas Tammy
Valerie Van Vicky Victor Virginie Vince
William Wendy Wilfred Wanda Walter Wilma

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