The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season has begun. Here are the 21 storm names

The 2023 Atlantic hurricane season begins and is expected to be a fairly typical year, with 21 storm names announced.

Overview: The six-month season runs from June 1 to November 30, and meteorologists expect it to be fairly typical this year.
* NOAA forecasts 12 to 17 total named storms, with 5 to 9 potentially becoming hurricanes, and 1 to 4 becoming major hurricanes.

Historical context: Last year’s season had one of the most destructive storms, Hurricane Ian, causing $114 billion in damage and killing 149 people in Florida.

Improved predictions: This year, meteorologists have improved storm surge predictions and expanded tropical weather outlooks from five days to seven, helping people evacuate in time.

The 21 storm names: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harold, Idalia, Jose, Katia, Lee, Margot, Nigel, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince, and Whitney.

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