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These Hurricanes Were So Bad, Their Names Were Retired

Which hurricanes do you remember?

Recent hurricanes that have hit Northern Virginia have downed trees and knocked out power. Patch archive photo
Recent hurricanes that have hit Northern Virginia have downed trees and knocked out power. Patch archive photo
With the naming of the first tropical storm of the 2014 season on Tuesday — it's name is Arthur — we wondered about some of the names that will never darken the door of the National Hurricane Center again.

Why? Because the NHC, in an annual meeting with the World Meteorological Organization, banishes storms that are so deadly or costly that the future use of its name on a different storm would be inappropriate for obvious reasons of sensitivity, according to the NHC.

(Click here to see all of the 2014 hurricane names.)

If it's decided that a storm's name will be banished, the offending name is stricken from the list and another name is selected to replace it.

Which letter of the alphabet has seen the most names retired? The C's and I's have it, with nine apiece. Here's the list of all the hurricane names that we'll never see again.

Retired Atlantic Hurricane 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  1968
Elena  1985
Eloise  1975
Fabian  2003
Felix  2007
Fifi  1974
Flora  1963
Floyd  1999
Fran  1996
Frances  2004
Frederic  1979
Georges  1998
Gilbert  1988
Gloria  1985
Gustav  2008
Hattie  1961
Hazel  1954
Hilda  1964
Hortense  1996
Hugo  1989
Igor  2010
Ike  2008
Inez  1966
Ingrid  2013
Ione  1955
Irene  2011
Iris  2001
Isabel  2003
Isidore  2002
Ivan  2004
Janet  1955
Jeanne  2004
Joan  1988
Juan  2003
Katrina  2005
Keith  2000
Klaus  1990
Lenny  1999
Lili  2002
Luis  1995
Marilyn  1995
Michelle  2001
Mitch  1998
Noel  2007
Opal  1995
Paloma  2008
Rita  2005
Roxanne  1995
Sandy  2012
Stan  2005
Tomas  2010
Wilma  2005



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