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2018 Hurricane Names

2018 Hurricane Names

Lyrid meteor shower 2018: 8 stunning photos of the celestial display

This year's Lyrid meteor shower reached its peak this weekend, and photographers flocked to social media to share some stunning snapshots of the celestial display.

See the images below:

>> MORE: Lyrid meteor shower 2018: When, where and how to watch | More trending news 

Oklahoma earthquake: 4.3-magnitude temblor rattles state

An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.3 shook Oklahoma this morning, according to the United States Geological Survey.

>> Watch the news report here

According to KOKI, the earthquake, which struck about 5:30 a.m. CDT Monday, was centered in Perry. Rumbles were felt in Tulsa, Broken Arrow, Coweta, Coffeyville, Moskogee and Bartlesville.

KOKI employees felt intense shaking at the studio during the quake, and several viewers called and posted about the shaking.

>> Please visit for the latest on this developing story

Will a hurricane be named after you this season? 2018 storm names are here

Hurricane season doesn’t start until June 1, but if you’re on the list of 2018 storm names, you may want to prepare for the possibility that a hurricane with your name on it may form up this year.

>> Read more trending news 

Tropical cyclones get monikers based on their basin and names that are familiar in the region. There is a six-year rotating list, with 2018’s names a repeat of 2012.

BREAKING: Above average season forecast for 2018

Hurricane names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization and are usually common names associated with the ethnicity of the basin that would be affected by the storms.

“For example, in the Atlantic basin, the majority of storms have English names, but there are also a number of Hispanic-origin names as well as a few French names,” said National Hurricane Center spokesman Dennis Feltgen during an interview about 2015’s Hurricane Henri. “For the eastern North Pacific basin, the majority of names are of Hispanic origin, as the impacted countries are Mexico, Guatemala, and other nations of Central America.”

Everything you need to know about the hurricane season is on The Palm Beach Post’s Storm 2018 page. 

There are six lists in rotation, which are maintained and updated by the World Meteorological Organization.

A name can be removed from the list if a storm hits and is particularly deadly or costly.

For example, there will not be another Hurricane Andrew, after the devastating 1992 Category 5 storm. And the 2004 and 2005 seasons saw a whole slew of names retired from the list including, Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne, Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma.

Hurricane Joaquin is also off the list. Hurricanes Matthew and Otto were replaced with Martin and Owen after the 2016 season.

Hurricane season runs June 1 through the end of November.

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WATCH: Kindergartner's hilarious 'weather report' takes internet by storm

At 6 years old, Carden Corts of Tennessee is already on his way to a career in meteorology.

>> Watch his viral video here

With a little help from his father, who’s in video production, the kindergartner at Waverly Belmont Elementary School in Nashville is going viral on YouTube for his “weather report," the Tennessean reports.

The hilarious clip, recorded for a school project, has been viewed more than 1.6 million times since it was posted Wednesday.

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

"Today's weather report is brought to you by the letter C and also Pokémon cards," he quips before using his "weather simulator" (courtesy of a green screen and leaf blower, according to the Tennessean) to give his larger-than-life forecast.

>> Read more trending news 

Make sure to watch until the end. #SpringBreak

Read more from the Tennessean.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Cat reunited with owner 14 years after hurricane disappearance

Perry Martin probably can’t stop pondering about his cat.

>> See the Facebook post here

In 2004, the orange tabby Thomas 2, or simply just “T2,” disappeared.

It happened when the Fort Pierce man moved into a friend’s house in Stuart after Hurricane Jeanne stormed through the area, according to TCPalm.

>> Delta under fire after flying a puppy to the wrong airport

The retired K-9 officer grieved, but then came to terms with the idea that his cat had moved on to other ventures, or to that great catnap in the sky. 

That all changed on March 9 with a phone call.

“Someone said, 'What if we told you T2 was alive?' I figured it was a mistake," Martin told TCPalm. "It was too crazy to believe."

>> Need something to lift your spirits? Read more uplifting news 

Worn and weary, the fiery feline was found wandering the streets of Palm City.

He was brought into the shelter, where a scan of his skinny shoulder detected a microchip, which eventually led him back to Martin. 

Next thing you know, the tabby, now 18 years old, is back snuggling on his owner’s lap

>> Read more trending news 

The cat is content, but Martin’s questioning persists.

"Could you imagine if he could talk for just 15 minutes to tell us what he's been through?" Martin told TCPalm. "He'd probably say, 'Why did you keep the door shut, Dad?'"

Read more at TCPalm.

Storms, possible tornado ravage parts of metro Atlanta

A powerful storm system swept through north Georgia overnight, sending trees into roads, damaging homes and businesses, knocking out power to thousands and leaving south Fulton County a disaster zone.

>> Watch the news report here

>> PHOTOS: Storms blow through the South, leave damage in wake

More than 130 severe weather reports of large hail, damaging wind and possible tornadoes came in Monday, according to WSB-TV in Atlanta.

>> Tornado facts and safety: Everything you need to know

“The severe thunderstorm and tornado threat is over in north Georgia,” WSB-TV meteorologist Brian Monahan said. “But the cleanup is about to get underway.”

In Cobb County, a tree crashed into a home on Glenroy Place. Lightning hit a home in Gwinnett County. And in Clayton County, a fire damaged an eight-unit apartment in the 7200 block of Tara Boulevard.

>> These are the safest places in your home during a tornado

Food, shelter and other essentials were provided for 17 people affected by the fire, American Red Cross of Georgia spokeswoman Sherry Nicholson said.

But the most severe damage was reported in south Fulton and Haralson counties.

>> What's the difference between tornado watch and warning?

Storms ravaged homes and cars in a subdivision off Campbellton Fairburn Road.

“We expect a busy day ahead as daylight approaches, increasing visibility in hard-hit areas,” Nicholson said. “Currently, a team is on the ground in Fairburn, where homes in the Jumpers Trail neighborhood suffered significant damage.”

>> For complete coverage of the storms’ aftermath, head to and

The Haralson County School District canceled school and activities Tuesday “due to storm damage throughout our community that may make bus service impossible,” the district said on Facebook.

Georgia Power reported 273 outages affecting 10,025 customers.

“The electric membership cooperatives were hit hard as severe weather, and possible tornadoes, pounded many parts of Georgia last night, interrupting power to 13,000 customers, primarily in the west part of the state,” Georgia EMC spokeswoman Terri Statham said.

>> Read more trending news 

Ontario Alvarez was at his mother’s home in the 7100 block of Jumpers Trail with his 13-year-old brother when the storm moved in late Monday.

To protect the family, he dragged a mattress in a bathroom, where everyone hid to avoid the storm’s path.

“We’re from Florida, so we’re used to hurricanes,” Alvarez said. “But this was different. We didn’t see it coming. We didn’t know what to do.”

Spring 2018: 5 things to know about the vernal equinox

Spring is finally here with the arrival of the vernal equinox, as determined by people who base their seasons on the Earth’s position relative to the sun and stars. Here are five things to know:

1. What is it? During the vernal equinox, the sun shines directly on the equator, and the northern and southern hemispheres get exactly the same amount of rays. Night and day are almost equal length.

>> Spring 2018: What’s the difference between meteorological spring and astronomical spring?

2. What does equinox mean? The Earth spins on a tilted axis, which means its northern and southern hemispheres trade places in receiving more light as it orbits the sun. The axis is not inclined toward or away from the sun at the equinox, which is derived from the Latin words for equal (aequus) and night (nox).

3. Why is it important? For ancient societies, the vernal and autumnal equinoxes marked when winter turned to spring and when summer turned to fall, respectively, and helped people track time-sensitive things, such as when to plant crops.

>> Read more trending news 

4. Didn’t spring start already? Meteorological spring started March 1. Forecasters like to start the season on the first day of March because they prefer a calendar in which each season starts on the same day every year. It helps with record keeping, among other reasons. But the Earth, sun and stars don’t quite conform to the Gregorian calendar – thus the vernal equinox doesn’t fall on the same day every year.

5. What's next? The summer solstice is June 21, but meteorological summer begins a few weeks earlier on June 1.

– The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.

Tornado facts and safety: Everything you need to know

Tornado Facts

Tornadoes can range in intensity. Wind speeds are measured on the Enhanced Fujita scale, which was implemented in February of 2007:

  • EF0 = 65 – 85 mph winds
  • EF1 = 86 – 110 mph winds
  • EF2 = 111 – 135 mph winds
  • EF3 = 136 – 165 mph winds
  • EF4 = 166 – 200 mph winds
  • EF5 = Over 200 mph winds

» RELATED: Metro Atlanta faces tornado, severe storm risk later

Tetsuya Theodore "Ted" Fujita (1920-1998) developed the original Fujita Tornado Intensity Scale. The scale was changed to the “Enhanced” Fujita Scale in 2007, after more information about the destructiveness of tornadoes had been scientifically examined. The estimated wind speeds were updated, and more specific damage requirements were set. Tornadoes are now measured AFTER damage has been assessed, days after a tornado strikes.

The size of a tornado is not necessarily a measure of its intensity. Larger tornadoes can be weaker and less violent than smaller tornadoes that have more intense winds. Tornadoes in the EF0-EF2 range are much more likely to develop than stronger ones, but all tornadoes can be deadly. Following these tips could save your life.

Tornado safety tips

1. Have a plan in place:

  • Know in advance exactly what to do when a tornado nears.
  • Know where to take shelter in seconds.
  • Practice home tornado drills with your entire family.
  • Have your kids draw a picture of their home with their “safe place.”

2. The best shelter is a tornado shelter, or an interior room like a closet or bathroom on the lowest level of your home, away from glass or windows.

  • Bring pillows and blankets to cover yourselves from falling debris and wear bike helmets to protect your head.
  • Have a flashlight and a battery-operated radio to take into your shelter with you.
  • You may even turn your television volume up loud enough so that you can hear severe weather alert updates.

3. If you live in a mobile home:

  • Get out!
  • Find the nearest shelter, like a neighbor’s house.
  • If no other shelter is available, it is safer to lie down, as low as you can, such as in a ditch, outside, covering your head with your hands.
  • Even if your mobile home is tied down it is not a safe place during a tornado.

4. If you’re in your car:

  • Get out!
  • Find shelter in a sturdy building. If you don’t see one, find a ditch away from trees and other cars.
  • Lie down in the ditch with your hands covering your head.
  • If there’s no ditch, find an open area of land away from trees and cars. Lie flat on the ground and cover your head with your hands.


Cleanup next after severe storms plow through metro Atlanta


Tuesday: Severe storms possible in the morning. High: 67

Wednesday: Windy and cool. High: 58

» For a detailed forecast, visit The Atlanta Journal-Constitution weather page.

It will be daylight Tuesday before metro Atlanta gets a real look at the damage from severe storms. Late Monday, the storms were being blamed on downed trees and power lines, damaged homes, power outages and fires in metro Atlanta. 

The timing of the storms made for a late night for many in north Georgia. Shortly after midnight, the threat of damaging storms was gone for metro Atlanta. Parts of south Fulton County and Haralson County, west of the metro area, seemed to be the hardest hit. 

Late Monday evening, storms rolled into Georgia, bringing the threat of tornadoes and prompting The National Weather Service to issue a tornado watch for the metro area until 4 a.m. Tuesday. 

Northwest Georgia was the first area to deal with the storms, which brought intense rain, lightning and hail. The storms continued into metro Atlanta late Monday, bringing tornado warnings. Early Tuesday, the storms continued into east counties. 

RELATED: What you need to know if there’s a tornado RELATED: Tornado facts and safety: Everything you need to know MORE: What's the difference between a tornado watch and warning?

Monday night, Haralson County was believed to be among the hardest hit areas. Strong winds toppled a gas station awning, crumpled street signs and trapped people inside houses when trees feel, Channel 2 Action News reported. Haralson schools will be closed Tuesday as cleanup continues. 

Early Tuesday, Georgia Power reported more than 29,000 customers without electricity, with the majority of those in the metro Atlanta area. 

WATCH: Channel 2 Action News for the updated forecast and latest weather developments 

See how the day unfolded in North Georgia from late Monday to Tuesday:

12:30 a.m.: Lightning is believed responsible for two house fires in Gwinnett County. No injuries were reported. 

12:13 a.m.: Most of the severe-weather threat has moved out of the metro Atlanta area, according to Channel 2 meteorologists. 

12:08 a.m.: Several trees are reportedly down on I-20 and several other roads in Douglas County. 

12:00 a.m: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Fayette, Henry, Newton, Rockdale and Spalding counties.

11:57 p.m.: Georgia Power is reporting more than 26,000 customers without electricity. 

11:53 p.m.: A tree was reported down on I-285 in south Cobb County. 

11:51 p.m.: Storms are currently in the Henry County area.

11:46 p.m.: Numerous trees and power lines are reportedly down in Haralson County. Street signs were bent over and a gas station awning toppled. 

11:40 p.m.: Georgia Power is reporting more than 23,000 customers without electricity. 

11:32 p.m.: Large new severe thunderstorm warning includes most of the south side of Atlanta. Threat of strong wind and large hail, along with a continuing tornado risk.

11:28 p.m.: Haralson County schools will be closed Tuesday. 

11:20 p.m.: Storms were moving into Clayton and Fayette counties. Georgia Power reported that 8,500 customers were without power. 

11:15 p.m.: Suspected tornado on the ground in south Fulton, according to Channel 2 Action News. 

11:10 p.m.: Golf-ball size hail reported in southwest Fulton County. 

11:01 p.m.: Tornado warning has been issued for Douglas and Fulton counties. 

10:55 p.m. Quarter-size hail reported near New Georgia in Paulding County.

10:46 p.m. Tornado warnings issued for parts of west Georgia had expired, but the threat or thunderstorms and a tornado watch remain. 

10:18 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning has been issued for Cobb, Paulding and Polk counties, according to the National Weather Service. Polk County is still under a tornado warning. Potentially strong tornadoes are reported in Haralson County, Channel 2 reported. 

10:00 p.m: A tornado warning has been issued for Haralson County, bringing the number of counties under the warning to three. The warning for Haralson County is expected to expire 10:45 a.m. Floyd and Polk counties are under the warning until 10:15 p.m.

9:44 p.m.: A tornado warning was issued for Floyd and Polk counties.

9:40 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Floyd, Haralson and Polk counties. 

9:27 p.m.: A severe thunderstorm warning was issued for Dade and Walker Counties, according to the National Weather Service. 

9:10 p.m.: A tornado watch has been issued for metro Atlanta and North Georgia, according to the National Weather Service. It is set to expire 4 a.m. Tuesday. The following counties are affected: Baldwin; Barrow; Bartow; Butts; Carroll; Chattooga; Cherokee; Clarke; Clayton; Cobb; Coweta; Dade; DeKalb; Douglas; Fayette; Floyd; Forsyth; Fulton; Glascock; Gordon; Greene; Gwinnett; Hancock; Haralson; Heard; Henry; Jasper; Jefferson; Johnson; Jones; Lamar; Monroe; Morgan; Newton; Oconee; Paulding; Pickens; Pike; Polk; Putnam; Rockdale; Spalding; Taliaferro; Walker; Walton; Warren; Washington; and Wilkinson. 

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8:40 p.m.: The “tornadic thunderstorm” is now 50 miles from Georgia, Channel 2 reported. Chattooga and Polk counties are urged to take cover. Storms are still projected to hit the metro Atlanta area by midnight Tuesday. 

8:20 p.m.: A super cell storm is expected to hit northwest Georgia by 9 p.m., Channel 2 reported. 

7:28 p.m.: A “tornadic thunderstorm” is 90 miles from Georgia and approaching” Channel 2 reported. 

5:42 p.m.: Heavy rain is entering southwest Fulton County, according to Channel 2.

5:22 p.m.: Storms in Carroll County are weakening, but moderate to heavy rain remains, Channel 2 reported. 

5:12 p.m.: Cobb County Public Schools have canceled after-school activities. 

4:48 p.m.: The air is becoming increasingly unstable south and west of Atlanta, Channel 2 reported. Once a warm front across metro Atlanta is lifted, the severe weather threat will increase.

4:39 p.m.: Reinhardt University canceled all activities scheduled at and beyond 6 p.m. 

4:36 p.m.:  After-school activities at Fayette County Public Schools are set to end at 5 p.m. Any activities scheduled after that have been canceled. 

4:35 p.m.: There is a 15 percent chance of an EF-2 tornado in northwest Georgia, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said. Severe storms are expected to be gone by 3 a.m., but showers should return Tuesday.

4:26 p.m.: The first line of storms is approaching northwest Georgia, the National Weather Service reported. Lightning and hail are possible in this first wave of storms.

4:16 p.m.: Large amounts of hail are reportedly nearing Carroll County, Channel 2 reported. Residents are urged to take cover.

4:14 p.m.: Paulding County Schools canceled after-school activities. Parents with children in Learning Bridge are encouraged to pick them up by 5 p.m.

4:03 p.m.: Northwest Georgia has the strongest chance of damaging storms, with golf ball to tennis ball-sized hail expected, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

4:02 p.m.: Severe storms from Alabama are approaching North Georgia, Channel 2 reported.

3:50 p.m.: Clayton County Public Schools canceled all extracurricular events and after-school programs. The exception is the Campus Kids after-school program. 

3:16 p.m.: A tornado watch is expected to be issued for northern Alabama and parts of Tennessee and Mississippi by 5 p.m., according to Channel 2. For now, Georgia has not been added to this watch, but that could change. 

MORE: Georgia Power gears up for severe weather

3:12 p.m.: A couple of “super cells” (thunderstorms with a deep rotating updraft) are moving into northeast Georgia from Alabama, Channel 2 Chief meteorologist Glenn Burns said.

3 p.m.: Showers — expected to hit the metro area and far North Georgia — have already started in Alabama. 

2:56 p.m.: Georgia Northwestern Technical College has closed all of its campuses. 

2:55 p.m.: Bartow County, Carroll County, Douglas County and Floyd County schools to cancel after-school activities. 

Atlanta weather radar: Where is the storm now?

Your neighborhood: Cobb Gwinnett North Fulton Atlanta DeKalb

Monday’s pollen count was 438 particles per cubic meter of air in Atlanta, which is in the high range, according to Atlanta Allergy and Asthma. 

The good news is the pollen count does not touch last year’s season high of 3,559, or the 2017 season high of 4,107.

And rain usually helps wash away the pollen.

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