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The names Florence and Michael, have been retired from the list used for Atlantic hurricanes and tropical storms. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) makes these decisions. The WMO approves and retires names for tropical storms and hurricanes. It falls under the United Nations.
Hurricane Michael struck the Florida Panhandle as a late 2018-season Category 4.
Hurricane Florence hit the Carolinas in September of 2018 and weakened but lingered to produce historic flooding.
For each storm, damages were tens of billions of dollars and dozens of lives were lost.
When a tropical storm or hurricane has an extreme impact in dollar amount or lives lost, the name is often retired. That’s to prevent the name from appearing again in the six-year cycle of tropical storm and hurricane names.
The names Francine and Milton will replace Florence and Michael.
Other recently retired hurricane and tropical storm names include Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate.
Here’s the full story from NOAA.
See more about past hurricanes that have impacted the Gulf Coast in the wkrg Weather Education section.