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How are hurricanes named?
01:38 - Source: CNN

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It takes hurricane status to get a name for a storm in the United States

But powerful storms of other types may soon be getting names, too

CNN  — 

In the United States, tropical storms and hurricanes are the only kinds of storms that get a name: Irma, Katrina, Harvey, Sandy. Other major storms – tornadoes, severe thunderstorms and blizzards – aren’t as special. The recent flooding in New England caused damage on the level of a hurricane, but the “bomb cyclone” had no name.

Maybe it should have: Since 2012, more than 60 weather disasters without names have each caused more than $1 billion in damage, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.