Close

Support Global Voices

To stay independent, free, and sustainable, our community needs the help of friends and readers like you.

Donate now »

See all those languages up there? We translate Global Voices stories to make the world's citizen media available to everyone.

Learn more about Lingua Translation  »

Caribbean: Hurricane Names

Repeating Islands reports that “three Atlantic hurricane names—Gustav, Ike and Paloma—have been retired after those storms killed more than 200 people in the Caribbean region during the 2008 season.”

1 comment

  • Will Sims

    When former Tropical Storm Erica passed by Puerto Rico, my Spanish-speaking girlfriend referred to it as “she.” When I hear weather reports in English, forecasters usually call named storms and hurricanes “it,” not her or him.

    Is it a matter of choice…her or him…or it? Thanks.

Join the conversation

Authors, please log in »

Guidelines

  • All comments are reviewed by a moderator. Do not submit your comment more than once or it may be identified as spam.
  • Please treat others with respect. Comments containing hate speech, obscenity, and personal attacks will not be approved.