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Dick Cheney may have hurricane named after him

Vice President Dick's real name is Richard

USA The National Hurricane Center advised last night that there is a chance that Hurricane Richard could sweep across the Atlantic later this election year.

Hurricanes are named by the center each year to aid recognition and to make great headlines.

They are carefully chosen so as not to cause embarrassment, but occasionally one slips through.

Official Hurricane Names
Hurricane Richard could cause devastation later in year

After Hurricane Charley, the next hurricane is to be called Danielle.

Hurricane Richard is still 13 hurricanes off, so it might never happen, but, if it does, it will be the first hurricane to be named after a Vice President in history.

It is not clear if Dick Cheney will be allowed to go to observe the damage and offer support if Hurricane Richard is a bad one.

Hurricane Richard?

A democrat spokesman told us: "It is a shame the NHC aren't naming it Hurricane Dick, but you can't have everything I suppose."

The National Hurricane Center told us they would never name a hurricane 'Dick' as it would sound 'too rude' and could bankrupt broadcasting organisations under new FCC rules.

[Note: We haven't made the Richard hurricane thing up: Take a look at the available names on the official naming web site here.]

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