For several hundred years, many hurricanes in the West Indies were named after the particular saint's day on which the hurricane occured. Ivan R. Tannehill describes in his book Hurricanes the major tropical storms of recorded history and mentions many hurricanes named after saints. For example, there was "Hurricane Santa Ana" which struck Puerto Rico with exceptional violence on July 26, 1825, and "San Felipe" which hit Puerto Rico on September 13 in 1876.
Tannehill also tells of Clement Wragge, an Austrailian meteorologist, who began giving women's names to tropical storms before the end of the 19th century.
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