If Florence regenerates at sea, expect a gender change

If forecast model holds, the tropical cyclone could become Kirk

By Mark Collins - Meteorologist

Vorticity shown in red represents the spin in the atmosphere capable of developing tropical storms in humid air over warm water.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla - The remnants of Hurricane Florence are set to push off the coast of New England late Tuesday and head out to sea.

The storm left at least 32 dead and a half million homes without power as the Cape Fear Rivers crested at 62 feet on Tuesday. The catastrophic event will remove Florence from the list of storm names that gets recycled every six years

Hopefully, we'll never hear of Florence again, but it might not be the last we see of this tropical cyclone. 

Models indicate there’s a small chance part of the system will loop near Bermuda later this week and intensify back into a storm while the other half deepens into a powerful North Atlantic non-tropical gale.

If the southern piece were to develop, Florence would get a name change, becoming Kirk. 

So why the gender swap with Florence when not every storm gets a name change? 

You may remember that as Florence roared to North Carolina, Tropical Storm Isaac kept its name through an identity crisis. 

It weakened from a hurricane, down to a depression, before regaining strength back to a tropical storm in the Caribbean and then dissipating quickly thereafter.

No new name was given because through all the transitions, Isaac maintained a clearly defined rotation traceable to the original storm.

Florence will likely be part of a resurrected system and even though it partially contains tropical moisture from Florence, it would be given another name due to a redeveloping circulation.

And since female and male names alternate, the next name in line is Kirk.

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