There have been so many major storms in the North Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico this hurricane season that forecasters will soon run out of names — and will have to resort to the Greek alphabet.
At just halfway through the season, we have already used 17 out of this year’s alphabetized, 21-name list — with only Sally, Teddy, Vicky and Wilfred remaining.
And if the trend continues, as forecasters expect, this year will be only the second time that we’ve run to the end of the list, which is maintained by the World Meteorological Organization.
“Odds are high that the 21-name Atlantic list will be used up,” NHC spokesman Dennis Feltgen told The Wall Street Journal.
“If that does occur, we’ll go to the Greek alphabet, which has been used only once before, that being in 2005.”
There were six Greek alphabet-named storms in 2005, a year that included Hurricane Katrina, according to the National Hurricane Center.