Retired Hurricane Names

When hurricanes are particularly destructive, their names are retired from the list of usable names. Any country affected by a particularly terrible storm can request that the name be retired by petitioning the World Meteorological Organization. A retired name cannot be reused for at least ten years, to facilitate historic references, legal actions, insurance claim activities, and to avoid public confusion with another storm of the same name. Below is a list of infamous hurricanes that have settled into retirement.

NameYearLocation(s) affected
Agnes1972Florida, Northeast U.S.
Alicia1983North Texas
Allen1980Antilles, Mexico, South Texas
Andrew1992Bahamas, South Florida, and Louisiana
Audrey1957Louisiana, North Texas
Betsy1965Bahamas, Southeast Florida, Southeast Louisiana
Beulah1967Antilles, Mexico, South Texas
Bob1991North Carolina, Northeast U.S.
Camille1969Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama
Carol1954Northeast U.S.
Celia1970South Texas
Charley2004Florida, Cuba, Jamaica, South Carolina
Cleo1964Lesser Antilles, Haiti, Cuba, Southeast Florida
Connie1955North Carolina
David1979Lesser Antilles, Hispanola, Florida, and Eastern U.S.
Dennis2005Cuba, Florida
Diane1955Mid-Atlantic U.S. and Northeast U.S.
Donna1960Bahamas, Florida, and Eastern U.S.
Dora1964Northeast Florida
Edna1954North Carolina, Massachusetts, Maine
Elena1985Mississippi, Alabama, Western Florida
Eloise1975Antilles, Northwest Florida, Alabama
Fifi1974Honduras, Belize, Guatemala, Mexico
Flora1963Haiti, Cuba
Floyd1999North Carolina, eastern seaboard
Fran1996North Carolina, eastern seaboard
Frances2004Caribbean, Florida, eastern United States
Frederic1979Alabama and Mississippi
Georges1998Antilles, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi
Gilbert1988Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Gloria1985North Carolina, Northeast U.S.
Gustav2008Haiti, Cuba, Louisiana
Hattie1961Belize, Guatemala
Hazel1954Antilles, North and South Carolina
Hortense1996Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic
Hugo1989Antilles, South Carolina
Igor2010Bermuda, Newfoundland, Caribbean
Ike2008Haiti, Cuba, Texas
Inez1966Lesser Antilles, Hispanola, Cuba, Florida Keys, Mexico
Ione1955North Carolina
Irene2011Caribbean, Northeast U.S.
Isabel2003North Carolina, Northeast U.S.
Isidore2002Western Cuba, Yucatan, Louisiana
Ivan2004Windward Islands, Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama
Janet1955Lesser Antilles, Belize, Mexico
Jeanne2004Caribbean, Bahamas, Florida
Joan1988Curacao, Venezuela, Colombia, Nicaragua (crossed into Pacific and became Miriam)
Juan2003Nova Scotia
Katrina2005Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana
Keith2000Belize, Nicaragua, Mexico
Lili2002Lesser Antilles, Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, Louisiana
Luis1995Lesser Antilles
Marilyn1995Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico
Michelle2001Honduras, Nicaragua, Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Cuba
Mitch1998Central America, Nicaragua, Honduras
Opal1995Central America, Mexico, Florida
Rita2005Louisiana, Texas
Sandy2012Jamaica, Cuba, Bahamas, Northeast U.S.
Stan2005Mexico, Central America
Tomas2010Windward Islands, Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Hispaniola, Cuba, Bahamas
Wilma2005Yucatan, Florida
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