Disaster Events | Planning n Mitigation | VOL. 8, ISSUE 48, May-June 2008 |

A Cyclone named Nargis

For several hundred years after the Europeans arrived in West Indies, hurricanes were named after the saint's day on which the storm struck. If a second storm struck on the same saint's day later, it would be referred to as segundo (Spanish for ‘the second’), such as hurricane San Felipe Segundo. The practice of naming storms after people was introduced by Clement Lindley Wragge, an Anglo-Australian meteorologist, at the end of 19th century. He used female names and names of...

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