Here are the names for 2020 Atlantic tropical systems

Tropical Storm Arthur swirled to life over the weekend and the Outer Banks of North Carolina braced for storm-force winds and rain as tropical storm warnings were issued.

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Arthur’s impact will be felt two weeks before the official opening of the 2020 hurricane season. The National Hurricane Center designated 21 names for storms in the Atlantic basin. It is a tradition the Hurricane Center initiated in 1953.

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They are now maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. The list of names are rotated every six years. If a hurricane name is retired, a different name is substituted in its place. A decision to retire the name of Hurricane Dorian, which devastated the Bahamas during 2019, will not be made until 2021.

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Michael and Florence, devastating storms in 2018, are the last storms to be retired.

Here are the names of this year’s storms:

· Arthur

· Bertha

· Cristobal

· Dolly

· Eduoard

· Fay

· Gonzalo

· Hanna

· Isaias

· Josephine

· Kyle

· Laura

· Marco

· Nana

· Omar

· Paulette

· Rene

· Sally

· Teddy

· Vicky

· Wilfred

According to the National Hurricane Center, storms were named solely after women until 1978. However, since 1979, male and female names were used for storms in the Atlantic basin.

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