When does a Storm become a named Tropical Storm or Hurricane?

  • The Atlantic hurricane season technically starts June 1 and ends November 30. However lately we have been getting named storms earlier than June 1st. 
  • Why and When does a storm receive a name? Tropical storms are given names when they start to display a rotating circulation pattern and wind speeds at or in excess of 39 miles per hour. A tropical storm develops into a hurricane damaging storm when wind speeds reach 74 mph (119 kph).
  • Tropical Storms and Hurricanes’ names are selected by the World Meteorological Organization. They are named years in advance. There are six lists of hurricane names for Atlantic Ocean storms. Every six years, the list of names starts again, so its not impossible to have historic storms from different decades! Historic Storms are however usually taken out of rotation because of the severity of the damage.

If you suffer damage and need to file a Tropical Storm or Hurricane Storm insurance claim please call Experienced Public Adjusters first! (407) 212-8669