Two 2018 hurricane names retired

Posted at 4:06 PM, Mar 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-20 18:06:20-04
Hurricane Florence (file image)

Two hurricane names were retired Wednesday.

The World Meteorological Organization retired the names of two 2018 hurricanes that devasted parts of the United States.

Hurricane Florence and Michael caused extensive damage from Florida to Virginia.

Storm names are retired if they were so deadly or destructive that the future use of the name would be insensitive.

Hurricane Florence made landfall in the Carolinas near Wrightsville Beach on September 14, 2018. A total of 51 people were killed in the storm.

Hurricane Michael hit near Mexico Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018, with sustained winds of 155 miles per hour. 45 people lost their lives.

Since 1953, 88 names have been retired from the Atlantic Basin list.