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Published: Wednesday, September 20, 2017 @ 8:40 AM
Maria, Max, Irma, Harvey. Just how do hurricanes get their names?
As parts of Florida gets pounded by Hurricane Irma and Southern Texas starts to recover from Hurricane Harvey, meteorologists are monitoring the storms and preparing for what’s next. Though the storms are often hard to predict, their names are not.
The World Meteorological Organization maintains and updates six alphabetically arranged lists for Atlantic, Eastern North Pacific, and Central North Pacific tropical storms. The lists are used in rotation and recycled every six years — names used in 2017 will be used again in 2023.
“Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms had been named from lists originated by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated through a strict procedure by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
» RELATED: Hurricane Maria live updates
The list of names for Atlantic tropical storms for 2017 include: Arlene, Bret, Cindy, Don, Emily, Franklin, Gert, Harvey, Irma, Jose, Katia, Lee, Maria, Nate, Ophelia, Philippe, Rina, Sean, Tammy, Vince and Whitney. Hurricanes are named after humans because it’s easier to remember than meteorological terms or numbers.
“If a storm forms in the off-season, it will take the next name in the list based on the current calendar date. For example, if a tropical cyclone formed on Dec. 28, it would take the name from the previous season’s list of names. If a storm formed in February, it would be named from the subsequent season’s list of names. In the event that more than twenty-one named tropical cyclones occur in the Atlantic basin in a season, additional storms will take names from the Greek alphabet,” according to the National Hurricane Center.
Learn more about the history of how hurricanes are named.
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Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 10:23 AM
Police and medics were on scene of a crash that involved a motorcycle and a black Pontiac Grand Prix in Dayton Sunday morning.
The accident occurred at South Smithville Road and Oakdale Avenue around 9:55 a.m., according to dispatchers.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 4:17 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 6:07 PM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 6:10 p.m.:
The victim of the shooting that occurred at Oxford and Windsor Avenues is currently at an unknown hospital being treated for non-life threatening injuries, said Sgt. Creigee S. Coleman.
The victim was walking down the street on a sidewalk when another man came up to him, pulled out a handgun, and shot him for some unknown reason. Witnesses say they heard a gunshot, but didn’t see anyone run away or drive off.
Crews found shell cases in the street, and Crime Scene Investigators were on scene recovering those shell casings. They hope to tie the casings to a handgun, and with that information, hopefully detectives can determine who the handgun belongs to.
“We are hoping anyone who knows anything or saw this incident can call the Dayton Police Department (937-333-2677) or the regional dispatch center (937-225-4357) and please give us some information so we can bring this crime to a closure,” said Sgt. Coleman.
A man said he was shot in the leg, but he didn’t see anyone around him in Dayton Sunday.
The man called police while in the 700 block of Oxford Avenue around 3:30 p.m. but said the incident occurred on Lexington Avenue at Windsor Avenue, said regional dispatchers.
Police do have a suspect that is described as a male in his early 20s, weighs about 140 pounds, and was wearing a black t-shirt and shorts, according to regional dispatchers.
Medics are on scene.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:21 PM
DAYTON — A man was charged with felonious assault and domestic violence Sunday against Harry McBride, 27, according to a Dayton Police report.
Emanuel Porter, also 27, was arrested and booked into Montgomery County Jail.
Initial reports say there was a possible stabbing at 1906 Elsmere Avenue.
When crews arrived, neighbors were being combative and told them it wasn’t anything serious.
Published: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 9:56 PM
Updated: Sunday, June 24, 2018 @ 11:14 PM
HIGHLAND COUNTY — Local Dayton police and fire departments helped escort a fallen firefighter/EMT from Kettering Medical Center to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office Sunday night.
The firefighter died early Sunday, Dayton Police Sgt. Anderson confirmed.
He was a firefighter/EMT with the Paint Creek Joint EMS/Fire District and lost his life after an accident at the district’s station near Rainsboro, according to a local news journal.
The firefighter was working with compressed air cylinders when he was critically injured by one of the cylinders. He was then air lifted by a MedFlight helicopter to Kettering Medical Center, where he later died.