Before 1950, hurricanes didn’t have names. The more memorable ones were simply described, such as the “1935 Labor Day hurricane” and the “1821 Norfolk and Long Island hurricane.” Starting in 1950, hurricanes began getting names but for the first three years the same names repeated each year, which became confusing. In 1979, the naming for hurricanes runs alphabetically through male and female names starting with a name beginning with the letter A, such as Arlene.
Now with the six-year cycle restarts, Meteorologists decided to go back and use the name Irene of the past’s hurricane. The residents in the Carolinas are quite familiar with this unwanted dangerous visitor named Irene. Ironically in 1999, a category 2 hurricane which was named Irene brushed along the Carolinas in mid October where she dropped 5-6 inches of rain. The anger of the hurricane Irene caused downed trees and power outages, and 1 victim in North Carolina. Irene has also been used as a category 3 hurricane in 1981 and a category 2 hurricane in 2005, where in both events she never made landfall. Recently, the hurricane is categorized as category 2 hurricane since it made its landfall in the U.S.A in 2011. The hurricane Irene will made its landfall over eastern North Carolina on the last week of August.Read also
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