NEW ORLEANS — Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center.
They are maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.
This year, the names for tropical storms and hurricanes are as follows:
If a storm forms in the off-season, it will take the next name in the list based on the current calendar date. For example, if a tropical cyclone formed on December 28th, it would take the name from the previous season’s list of names. If a storm formed in February, it would be named from the subsequent season’s list of names.
In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet.