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What's in a name? The story behind Tropical Storm Hermine

Tropical Storm Hermine is making its way along the Atlantic Coast, and already has left a path of destruction in its wake, particularly in Florida. Here are some facts about the name and the history behind it.

Why the name Hermine?

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There's an official process behind the naming of hurricanes and tropical storms. The World Meteorological Organization maintains six lists of 21 names for the Atlantic region. These six lists rotate every year—the 2016 list was last used in 2010 and will be used again in 2022. The WMO votes on the names, which are designed to be short and familiar to the region.

Hermine was first added to the list in 1980. Storm names are always chosen in alphabetical order, so Hermine is the eighth storm to be named this year, coming after Tropical Storm Gaston. Ian is the next name on the list.

Picture: A satellite image shows Tropical Storm Hermine on Sept. 2, 2016.

It's not 'Hermione.'

(L-r) Daniel Radcliffe as Harry Potter, Emma Watson

The name may have caused some confusion, as some social media users clarified that the storm was Hermine, and not Hermione, after the studious character from the “Harry Potter” franchise.

How is it pronounced?

EASTPOINT, FL - SEPTEMBER 01: Traffic drives along
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Picture: Traffic drives along U.S. 98 as Hurricane Hermine approaches on Sept. 1, 2016, in Eastpoint, Florida.

What’s the origin of the name Hermine?

This NOAA satellite image taken Friday, Sept. 02,
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Hermine is the feminine version of Herman, which is of German descent. It means “man of war,” according to

Picture: A surfer gets into the tube while surfing the swell from Tropical Storm Hermine at St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Fla., on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016.

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