Hurricane names: Here’s why Agatha will become Alex if the storm redevelops

ORLANDO, Fla. — If the remnants of Hurricane Agatha re-form in the Atlantic, the storm’s name will be changed to Alex.


This is because Agatha is a name on the Eastern Pacific list. The storm originally developed in the Eastern North Pacific basin.

Alex is the first name on the Atlantic basin’s list.

The National Hurricane Center has lists of names for the Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific and Central North Pacific basins.

READ: Hurricane Agatha makes landfall in Mexico as strongest May storm

The NHC said the lists are recycled every six years. The 2022 list will be used again in 2028.

See this year’s list below.

Atlantic names

  • Alex
  • Bonnie
  • Colin
  • Danielle
  • Earl
  • Fiona
  • Gaston
  • Hermine
  • Ian
  • Julia
  • Karl
  • Lisa
  • Martin
  • Nicole
  • Owen
  • Paula
  • Richard
  • Shary
  • Tobias
  • Virginie
  • Walter

READ: Remnants of Hurricane Agatha may redevelop south of Florida

Eastern North Pacific names

  • Agatha
  • Blas
  • Celia
  • Darby
  • Estelle
  • Frank
  • Georgette
  • Howard
  • Ivette
  • Javier
  • Kay
  • Lester
  • Madeline
  • Newton
  • Orlene
  • Paine
  • Roslyn
  • Seymour
  • Tina
  • Virgil
  • Winifred
  • Xavier
  • Yolanda
  • Zeke

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Central North Pacific names

  • Akoni
  • Ema
  • Hone
  • Iona
  • Keli
  • Lala
  • Moke
  • Nolo
  • Olana
  • Pena
  • Ulana
  • Wale

Click here to see the future list of names used by the National Hurricane Center.

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Katlyn Brieskorn, WFTV.com

Katlyn Brieskorn is a Digital Assignment Editor at WFTV. She joined Channel 9 in July 2019.