Why are hurricanes named?

A hurricane (tropical cyclone) is given a name when it becomes a tropical storm.  It’s easier to remember the name of a storm that using latitude and longitude to track it.  It also helps prevent confusion when more than one hurricane is being tracked.  In 1953, the U.S. Weather Bureau began assigning women’s names to tropical storms.  In 1979, men’s names were included on the list.  The names are in alphabetical order, excluding the letters Q, U, X, Y and Z.  Today, the list includes names of English, Spanish and French origin because these languages are most commonly used by the countries in the Atlantic Basin.

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1. What is a tropical disturbance, tropical depression, tropical storm?
2. Should I tape my windows when a hurricane threatens?
3. What should I do during a hurricane watch vs a hurricane warning?
4. What do some of the words and acronyms mean when talking about hurricanes?
5. What is wind shear?
6. What are “Cape Verde” hurricanes?
7. Do I need to open my windows when a hurricane approaches?
8. Why are hurricanes named?
9. Does El Nino affect hurricanes?