What is in a name?  A lot if you attach that name to a tropical storm or hurricane.  New Jersians know all too well names like Irene, Fay, Hannah, Floyd, Bertha, Doria, and Sandy.  Names of various storms that wreaked havoc in our state over the years.  Some more than others.

The 2021 Hurricane season began June 1 and ends November 30.  However, due to recent past years of earlier tropical activity, the National Hurricane Center began to keep watch as early as May. To prepare, Jersey shore towns have prepped their beaches and their dunes in an effort to counter the effects of a pending storm.  According to Toms River township engineer Robert Chankalian, a replenishment was needed after a Nor-Easter hit back in February.  Thanks to the Army Corp of Engineers, sand was brought in from the bottom of the ocean to assist the recent erosion of the many Ocean County beaches.

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As we look back at last year, 30 storms were given names.  This year the NHC released the names they have chosen for storms this year.  Here they are in alphabetical order…

Ana, Bill, Claudette, Danny, Elsa, Fred, Grace, Henri, Ida, Julian, Kate, Larry, Mindy, Nicholas, Odette, Peter, Rose, Sam, Teresa, Victor, and Wanda.

If those names are exhausted then these names will be called upon…

Adria, Braylen, Caridad, Deshawn, Emery, Foster, Gemma, Heath, Isla, Jacobus, Kenzie, Lucio, Makayla, Nolan, Orlanda, Pax, Ronin, Sophie, Tayshaun, Viviana, and Will.

It must be difficult if your name is synonymous with a devastating storm.  I think everyone would agree. names like Nancy or Karen that resemble an insulting connotation are still so much better than Sandy or Katrina.

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