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What do these six first names have in common?

Ike, Dean, Noel, Gustav, Paloma, and Felix

Here is the ANSWER.

THE ANSWER:

They are the six most recent hurricanes whose names were retired (during the 2007 and 2008 hurricane seasons). The names of the most powerful and/or destructive storms are often retired both for sensitivity reasons and to avoid confusion. No 2006 storm met this criteria.