North Carolina Science Now

Why Shelly Island appeared, then disappeared

Shelly Island appeared and then all but disappeared with Hurricane Maria. Could it return? 

Peril and Promise, our ongoing series of reports on the human impact of, and solutions for, climate change. Lead funding is provided by P. Roy Vagelos and Diana T. Vagelos. Major support is provided by Marc Haas Foundation and Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III. 

Here are seven things you may not know about hurricane names

How are hurricanes named? Read about the history of hurricane naming protocol, and the current naming system.


The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30. In addition to the National Hurricane Center's annual predictions before the season starts, and the very real and vitally important concerns about the storms themselves, there is always a question about how hurricanes are named. So, here are seven things you should know about Hurricane names.

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