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Hurricanes, Typhoons & Cyclones
Why do storms have names?
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A hurricane's waves crash on a shore Why do storms have names?
Tropical storms like hurricanes, cyclones or typhoons last a long time and are given names to be identified quickly.

There can be 100 storms a year and sailors need to be able to tell them apart.

The first storm of a year will have an A name, like Hurricane Alice or Typhoon Andrew, the next one gets a B name and so on.

There are regular meetings of weather scientists who decided on new names for the next year.

Names of storms which cause a lot of damage are never used again.


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