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Why you won’t hear Florence and Michael used as names for hurricanes any more

Last Updated 2 years by Devontae Jackson

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The World Meteorological Organization has retired the names of Florence and Michael from the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. This means that the names will no longer be used for tropical storm and hurricanes.

Names of tropical storms and/or hurricanes are only retired for two reasons: they are very deadly or very costly.

The Weather Channel says that name Florence has been in use since 1953 in the Atlantic Basin.

Hurricane Florence became a cat 4 over the Atlantic twice. It did, however, weaken to a cat 1 before making landfall around Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on Sept. 14 at 7:15 AM. Don’t be fooled though, at cat 1 can still do some serious damage. NOAA estimated that the damage caused by Florence was roughly $24 billion dollars. 53 people also, unfortunately, lost their lives because of Florence.

Hurricane Michael made landfall as a cat 4 in Mexico Beach, Florida. The hurricane made landfall around 12:30 PM on Oct. 10 with some very fierce winds as it moved onto land. Hurricane Michael was the third most intense storm by pressure to make landfall in the continental U.S. The storm also produced 9 to 14-foot storm surge. Hurricane Micheal was estimated to have caused $25 billion dollars worth of damage. 49 deaths were
unfortunately blamed on hurricane Micheal.

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