Danie Toerien
2 minute read
31 Aug 2021
7:01 am

Hurricane names creating big storm

Danie Toerien

Should hurricanes become a seasonal phenomenon in SA, we could have a competition to find the most fitting names.

A man walks under the rain in Batabano, Mayabeque province, about 60 km south of Havana, on August 27, 2021, as Hurricane Ida passes through eastern Cuba. Yamil LAGE / AFP

I know it’s sexist and I know I can expect a few nasty retorts but if it was up to me, I would continue to name hurricanes after women only. Fortunately for us in South Africa, we are spared this force of nature, so we can only imagine how terrifying it must be to ride out a storm like hurricane Ida currently causing chaos in a number of states in the US. What I didn’t know is that the World Meteorological Organisation names hurricanes after men and women. But this wasn’t always the case. It is reported that from about...