Not all of the storms whose names we remember so well were Cape Verde Hurricanes. For instance, Katrina spun up over the Bahamas. She was what we refer to as a 'home grown' storm.
Hurricane Ike's Track:
However, quite a few of the storm names that have gone down in history started out in life as a chunk of disturbed weather over the Saharan Desert, and emerged off the coast to become a tropical wave, and eventually a hurricane, and maybe even a major one.
These are some of the history making Cape Verde storms that you may recognize, with their categories in parenthesis:
The Great Galveston Hurricane (4) - 1900. Believed to have been a Cape Verde storm, based on reports from ships at sea. It was the deadliest natural disaster ever in the United States, with estimates of 6,000 to 8,000 deaths. No one ever knew the real count for sure. Galveston Island was devastated.
Hugo (5) - 1989. Came ashore as a Cat 4 at Charleston, S.C.
Andrew (5) - 1995 . Virtually leveled most of the buildings in Homestead, FL.
Ivan (5) - 2004. Numerous landfalls. 123 lives lost in the Caribbean and the US.
Frances (4) - 2004. Affected every island in the Bahamas, much Florida, and points north all the way into Ontario
Emily (5) - 2005. Holds the record for the earliest Cat 5 ever. (Jul 16)
Ike (4) - 2008. Another that wreaked utter havoc on Galveston island. 195 were killed in the Dominican Republic Haiti, Cuba, and the United States. Another 34 were never accounted for. In terms of property damage, Ike was history's third costliest Atlantic Hurricane.
Hurricane Julia's Track:
Others developed sufficiently to be classified as hurricanes, but never made it across the wide expanse of water, and dissipated at sea. There are many storms that fit this definition. Most of them didn't even make an impression on very many people at the time, much less the history books.
Here are three random examples from recent years:
Cindy (4) - 1999
Danielle (2) - 2004
Julia (4) - 2010
. . . and others