As citizens on the eastern seabord of the US awaited the arrival of Hurricane Florence today, it was revealed that the weathermen responsible for naming hurricanes are rapidly running out of names to name them with.
The 'namers' are a group of men and women who meet once a month, usually in some select bistro or beer garden in downtown New York, to swap adverse weather stories, catch up on the latest meteorological gossip, and propose new and interesting monikers for upcoming hurricanes.
One of the namers, Albert Trivier, said:
"Our jobs are of the utmost importance. Hurricanes are on the increase, and not to be trifled with. With that in mind, it's important that we come up with a suitable name for them. There have been so many recently, that it's becoming more difficult to come up with interesting and original names. Of course, we have a 'reserve list' available for special hurricanes, but, I'm afraid, that list is Top Secret!"
When we asked another of the namers, 63-year-old Gladys Blabberchops, about the Top Secret list, she said:
"Oh, they're not that secret! I can tell you there's Hurricane Tarquin, Hurricane Tristram, Hurricane Kofi, Hurricane Notorious B.I.G., Hurricane Darryl Pandy, and, my own personal favorite, Hurricane Frankie Knuckles."