Hurricane names: Will your name be used in 2018?

National Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 6-12

The 400-mile-wide Hurricane Irma pummels Florida from the Keys and up the Atlantic coast with winds up to 130 mph. (NOAA-NASA GOES Project via Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO – It's National Hurricane Preparedness Week, a time to get ready and stay ahead of possible tropical storms or hurricanes for many areas.

Just last year alone three major hurricanes gained notoriety for their damage and lasting impact: Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane which devastated Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast; Irma, which ravished islands in the Caribbean Sea and Maria, which left much of Puerto Rico still without power.

As a result those hurricanes, along with Tropical Storm Nate, had their names retired -- never to be used again and to be replaced in 2023 with the names of Harold, Idalia, Margot and Nigel in the rotation.

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Names of storms are maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization. So will your name be used in 2018? 

According to the Austin-American Statesman, when hurricane season starts on June 1, the sequence of names for 2018 will be the following:

  • Alberto
  • Beryl
  • Chris
  • Debby
  • Ernesto
  • Florence
  • Gordon
  • Helene
  • Isaac
  • Joyce
  • Kirk
  • Leslie
  • Michael
  • Nadine
  • Oscar
  • Patty
  • Rafael
  • Sara
  • Tony
  • Valerie
  • William
  • Not on the list? According to the Austin-American Statesman article, next year’s sequence of names are already known and will be: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Imelda, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.

    KSAT 12 is helping people prepare by devoting an entire area on its website to the topic. Those interested can find related articles on determining your risk, developing an evacuation plan, as well as how to assemble disaster supplies. You visit the website by clicking here

    About the Author:

    Ben Spicer is a digital journalist who works the early morning shift for KSAT.