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Retired: Hurricane names we won't hear again

Photos Logo Photos | Slide 1 of 76: HURRICANE GEORGES ARRIVES AT THE KEYS, FLORIDA, AMERICA - 1998 Waves from Hurricane Georges rip at a mobile home at the Sea Breeze trailer park in Plantation Key

The concept of naming hurricanes started in the 1950s as a way to better communicate hurricane threats to the public. The World Meteorological Organization has a strict procedure in place to name hurricanes. For Atlantic hurricanes, they have created a list of male and female names that are used on a six-year rotation. Whenever a hurricane seriously impacts and damages a country, the name can be 'retired.’ 

The deadliest storm to date has been Hurricane Mitch which took 10,000 lives. The most expensive one was Hurricane Katrina that cost $108 billion in damages. Both names, in addition to the ones that follow, have all been retired.

Pictured: Waves from Hurricane Georges rip at a mobile home at the Sea Breeze trailer park in Plantation Key in 1998.

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