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Hurricanes Florence, Michael ravaged Carolinas. There won’t be another with those names

Tower cam captures fury of Hurricane Florence 34 miles out in the Atlantic

A tower camera on Frying Pan Tower captures the fury of Hurricane Florence 34 miles off of Cape Fear, NC in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday afternoon. The tower was originall built as a light tower to warn ships of shallow shoals.
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A tower camera on Frying Pan Tower captures the fury of Hurricane Florence 34 miles off of Cape Fear, NC in the Atlantic Ocean Thursday afternoon. The tower was originall built as a light tower to warn ships of shallow shoals.

When these hurricanes hit the Carolinas in 2018, Florence and Michael caused an extensive amount of death and destruction.

As a result, no storm will use either name again, according to a news release from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA.

“Florence and Michael won’t have another chance to wreak havoc in the Atlantic Basin,” NOAA said in the release. “The names of these two storms ... have been retired by the World Meteorological Organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee, which includes NOAA’s National Hurricane Center.”

The names were retired out of sensitivity concerns, because the storms resulted in so much damage and caused a number of fatalities, according to NOAA. At least 50 people died as a result of Hurricane Florence, according to the News & Observer, while the death toll from Hurricane Michael was at least 45 deaths, WSFA reported.

Names are typically reused on a six-year cycle, so Florence and Michael will be replaced by the names “Francine and Milton,” for the 2024 storm season, NOAA reported.

Overall, 88 names have been retired from use by the World Meteorological Organization, including devastating storms Hugo, Irma and Katrina among others, according to the news release.

Cameras outside the International Space Station capture views of Hurricane Florence in the Atlantic as the station passes over the storm at 8:10 a.m. EDT Sept. 10. (No Audio)

The final cost of damage caused by Hurricane Florence was estimated at $24 billion, according to NOAA. Hurricane Michael “caused an estimated $25 billion in damage when it came ashore on the Florida panhandle,” making it the most expensive natural disaster of 2018, the News & Observer reported.

Alphabetical List of Retired Atlantic Names

Agnes

1972
Alicia

1983
Allen

1980
Allison

2001
Andrew

1992
Anita

1977
Audrey

1957
Betsy

1965
Beulah

1967
Bob

1991
Camille

1969
Carla

1961
Carmen

1974
Carol

1954
Celia

1970
Cesar

1996
Charley

2004
Cleo

1964
Connie

1955
David

1979
Dean

2007
Dennis

2005
Diana

1990
Diane

1955
Donna

1960
Dora

1964
Edna

1954
Elena

1985
Eloise

1975
Erika

2015
Fabian

2003
Felix

2007
Fifi

1974
Flora

1963
Floyd

1999
Fran

1996
Frances

2004
Frederic

1979
Georges

1998
Gilbert

1988
Gloria

1985
Greta

1978
Gustav

2008
Harvey

2017
Hattie

1961
Hazel

1954
Hilda

1964
Hortense

1996
Hugo

1989
Igor

2010
Ike

2008
Inez

1966
Ingrid

2013
Ione

1955
Irene

2011
Iris

2001
Irma

2017
Isabel

2003
Isidore

2002
Ivan

2004
Janet

1955
Jeanne

2004
Joan

1988
Joaquin

2015
Juan

2003
Katrina

2005
Keith

2000
Klaus

1990
Lenny

1999
Lili

2002
Luis

1995
Maria

2017
Marilyn

1995
Matthew

2016
Michelle

2001
Mitch

1998
Nate

2017
Noel

2007
Opal

1995
Otto

2016
Paloma

2008
Rita

2005
Roxanne

1995
Sandy

2012
Stan

2005
Tomas

2010
Wilma

2005

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.

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