2013 Atlantic storm names released by NHC

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CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Hurricane season is almost here and the National Hurricane Center has released its annual list of storm names.

As usual, the list alternates between boy and girl names. For 2013, it kicks off with "Andrea," followed by "Barry," "Chantal," "Dorian," "Erin" and "Fernand."

Hurricane season begins June 1.

The NHC created the storm name lists in 1953. Now they are kept up by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.

Six lists are rotated every year. This year's list will be used again in 2019 unless a name is retired.

Storm names are retired when a storm is so deadlyor costly that the use of its name on a different storm would beinappropriate or insensitive to victims.

The name "Sandy" was retired from the list of hurricane names after last year's devastating storm on the east coast. "Irene" was stricken from the list the year before.

Full list of names for 2013 Atlantic storms:

  • Andrea
  • Barry
  • Chantal
  • Dorian
  • Erin
  • Fernand
  • Gabrielle
  • Humberto
  • Ingrid
  • Jerry
  • Karen
  • Lorenzo
  • Melissa
  • Nestor
  • Olga
  • Pablo
  • Rebekah
  • Sebastien
  • Tanya
  • Van
  • Wendy

If there are more than 21 named tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin in one season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet.

Click here to learn more about names from other regions.