(WSET) — The hurricane season is already off to a quick start.
Ana, the first storm of the season, formed on Saturday in the Atlantic near Bermuda. The storm will move away from the United States.
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A more active than normal Atlantic hurricane season is expected this year. Here are the list of names that will be used:
The Greek alphabet has been retired from future tropical storms and hurricane names. Starting this year, the Greek alphabet will no longer be used if we run beyond 21 named storms. We will go back to the letter "A" with the second set of names.
"Adria" and "Braylen" would be storms #22 and #23 if we reach into the auxiliary list, rather than the Greek alphabet. That had been used as a "just in case" list if we ran out of traditional names. The Greek alphabet was used twice: 2005 and 2020.
No procedures were in place if a Greek letter needed retiring, So last year - when three of our major hurricanes in the Atlantic were major hurricanes (some of them causing considerable damage to life and property) it was quickly recognized that the guidelines needed to be changed.