Dynamic Duo: Tropical Storms Arthur & Alma
Next up... Bertha
All's quiet in the tropics after the season's first named storms, Tropical Storm Arthur in the Atlantic and Tropical Storm Alma in the Pacific, joined forces to produce unprecedented rainfall and disastrous floods in Belize at the beginning of the month, killing at least five people. The remnants of Arthur/Alma are also blamed for contributing to rains that fell in parts of Iowa -- more than 12 inches during the past 10 days over the Cedar River watershed.
The next named storm in the Atlantic, whenever it forms, will be Bertha. Some names you wont see on this season's list or possibly ever again are Dean, Felix and Noel, which were three of the most devastating storms of the 2007 Atlantic hurricane season, and have thus been retired by the World Meteorological Organization. Almost 200 people died after Dean and Noel struck the Caribbean and Bahamas, while Felix killed 130 in Nicaragua and Honduras.
These names will be replaced in 2013 (ordinarily, names repeat every six years) with Dorian, Fernand and Nestor.
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