The National Hurricane Center creates a list of storm names that will be assigned when a storm is powerful enough to become a hurricane, tropical storm, or tropical depression.
"Over time, it was learned that the use of short, easily remembered names in written as well as spoken communications is quicker and reduces confusion when two or more tropical storms occur at the same time," said an official for the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). "In the past, confusion and false rumors resulted when storm advisories broadcast from radio stations were mistaken for warnings concerning an entirely different storm located hundreds of miles away."
According to Coastal Living, a tropical system requires a storm name when it maintains sustained wind speeds of 39 miles per hour. In order to reach hurricane status, however, a storm needs to have sustained winds of 74 miles per hour.
Hurricane naming, which began in 1953, isn't just for convenience purposes, it's vital information that government officials, business owners, and individuals across the country need to be aware of. Here are the Atlantic Ocean hurricane names for 2019:
If more than 21 named storms form in the Atlantic ocean throughout 2019, additional storms will be named from the Greek alphabet.