Propagation of a dark hollow beam (DHB) of circular, elliptical or rectangular symmetry in a turbulent atmosphere is investigated. Analytical formulas for the average intensity of various DHBs propagating in a turbulent atmosphere are derived in a tensor form based on the extended Huygens-Fresnel integral. The intensity and spreading properties of the DHBs in a turbulent atmosphere are studied numerically. It is found that after a long propagation distance a dark hollow beam of circular or noncircular eventually becomes a circular Gaussian beam (without dark hollow) in a turbulent atmosphere, which is much different from its propagation properties in free space. The conversion from a DHB to a circular Gaussian beam becomes quicker and the beam spot in the far field spreads more rapidly for a larger structure constant, a shorter wavelength, a lower beam order and a smaller waist size of the initial beam.