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Because hurricanes often occur at the same time, officials assign short, distinctive names to the storms to avoid confusion among weather stations, coastal bases, and ships at sea.

Before 1978, only female names were used for hurricanes. In 1979, the United States began alternating between male and female names in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

When hurricanes are particularly destructive, their names are retired from the list of usable titles. Below is a list of infamous hurricanes which have settled into retirement.

They are listed: Name, Year, Location Affected respectively

Agnes 1972 Florida, Northeast U.S.

Alicia 1983 North Texas

Allen 1980 Antilles, Mexico, South Texas

Andrew 1992 Bahamas, South Florida and Louisiana

Anita 1977 Mexico

Audrey 1957 Lousiana, North Texas

Betsy 1965 Bahamas, Southeast

Florida,Southeast Louisiana

Beulah 1967 Antilles, Mexico, South Texas

Bob 1991 North Carolina, Northeast U.S.

Camille 1969 Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama

Carla 1961 Texas

Carmen 1974 Mexico

Carol 1954 Northeast U.S.

Celia 1970 South Texas

Cleo 1964 Lesser Antilles, Haiti, Cuba,

Southeast, Florida

Connie 1955 North Carolina

David 1979 Lesser Antilles, Hispanola,

Florida and Eastern U.S.

Diana 1990 Mexico

Diane 1955 Mid-Atlantic U.S. & Northeast U.S.

Donna 1960 Bahamas, Florida and Eastern U.S.

Dora 1964 Northeast Florida

Elena 1985 Mississippi, Alabama, Western


Eloise 1975 Antilles, Northwest Florida, Alabama

Flora 1963 Haiti, Cuba

Frederic 1979 Alabama and Mississipp

Gilbert 1988 Lesser Antilles, Jamaica, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

Gloria 1985 North Carolina, Northeast U.S.

Hattie 1961 Belize Guatemala

Hazel 1954 Antilles, North and South Carolina

Hilda 1964 Louisiana

Hugo 1989 Antilles, South Carolina

Ione 1955 North Carolina

Inez 1966 Lesser Antilles, Hispanola, Cuba,

Florida Keys, Mexico

Janet 1955 Lesser Antilles, Belize, Mexico

Joan 1988 Curacao, Venezuela, Colombia,

Nicaragua (crossed into Pacific and became Miriam)

Klaus 1990 Martinique

Luis 1995 Lesser Antilles

Marilyn 1995 Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico

Opal, 1995 Central America, Mexico, Florida

Roxanne 1995 Mexico

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