CLEVELAND - Here's a terrific viewer question about hurricanes:
If a tropical storm or hurricane crosses Mexico or Central America from the Caribbean, does it get a new name once it gets to the Pacific Ocean?" - Jeff Quinn
Tropical systems often move from the Atlantic/Caribbean Basin over to the Pacific Ocean Basin. And vice versa... They cross that narrow land bridge known as Central America. Up until recently, if a named storm moved into a different ocean basin, it got a new name. Hurricane Cosme moved across Mexico into the Caribbean back in 1989. It was then renamed "Allison." in 1996, Hurricane Cesar in the Atlantic became Hurricane Douglas when it moved into the Pacific Ocean.
That was then...this is now. The National Hurricane Center recently decided to allow a storm to keep its original name even if it moves across Central America/Mexico into a different Ocean Basin. That is, as long as the storm retains its tropical characteristics. If the storm fades out over land, loses all identifiable circulation, and then redevelops into another tropical storm when it moves into another Ocean Basin, it will get a new name.
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