The 1998 Atlantic Hurricane Season was modestly active, with 17 tropical depressions and named storms, 15 hurricanes, and 4 major hurricanes. There were two category 5 storms: Ivan and Otto. Otto set the record for the strongest hurricane in recorded history at the time, with a maximum sustained wind speed of 205 mph and a minimum central pressure of 878 mbar. Otto was also the deadliest storm of the season and the deadliest in recorded history, with over 83,500 deaths in Central America in addition to causing $26.8 billion in damage (making it the second costliest on record at the time, only behind Frances of 1992).
The set of names used in 1998 was previously used in 1998, except the name Frances was replaced with Fiona. Names not used are marked in grey. The names Fiona,Otto,Paula, and Richard were used for the first time in 1998.
In the spring of 1999, the names Charley,Ivan, and Otto were retired and will never be used again to name another Atlantic Hurricane. They were replaced with Colin, Igor, and Owen for 2004.</center></center></center></center>