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Atlantic storm names: The 'A' storms

No Hurricane Survival Guide would be complete without the list of tropical storm and hurricane names. Is your name on the list?

At the time of this publication, one storm name has already been checked off the 2016 list: the “A Storm” Alex. Why? Because Hurricane Alex has already come and gone. It formed in the eastern Atlantic Ocean in January.

Yes, Alex was an extremely rare midwinter hurricane – only the third such storm on record since 1900!

While Alex’s January jaunt through the Atlantic made for a remarkably early start to this year’s tropical cyclone season, the hurricane also represented the end of an extraordinary local storm streak: 2016 is the first year in five years where the “A Storm” did not impact eastern North Carolina.

The incredible streak of influential “A Storms” began in May of 2012, when Tropical Storm Alberto grazed the Carolina coast with showers and rip currents on the 19th and 20th. In June of 2013, Tropical Storm Andrea charged northward along Interstate 95 and brought a blitz of squalls on the 6th and 7th.

Hurricane Arthur made a holiday visit to eastern North Carolina on July 3rd and 4th of 2014; the Category 2 storm made a Carteret County landfall but generated far-reaching heavy rain and strong winds. And on Mother’s Day weekend in 2015, Tropical Storm Ana slowly swirled into Horry and Brunswick Counties with drenching downpours, brisk winds, and heavy surf.

So, for the first time in a long time, we in eastern North Carolina won’t have to deal with the “A Storm." Our hope is that no tropical cyclone of any name visits our shores! But as always, you can count on your First Alert Weather Team to monitor and track all Atlantic storms… just in case!

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