Hurricane names dropped from rotation

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Two hurricane names in the Atlantic were retired from the official name rotation by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee because of the deaths and damage they caused in 2010.

The names Igor and Tomas in the Atlantic would have appeared again in 2016, but will no longer be used. In their place will be Ian and Tobias.

Other recently retired hurricane names include: Paloma, Ike and Gustav (2008); Dean, Noel and Felix (2007); and Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan and Wilma (2005).

  • Igor was a classic Cape Verde hurricane, reaching Category 4 strength with 155 mph winds on Sept. 14 when it was about 600 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands. The storm weakened to a Category 1 hurricane when it struck Bermuda on Sept. 19. Igor grew, with the area of tropical-storm-force winds becoming roughly 750 nautical miles wide. The storm made landfall on Sept. 21 near Cape Race, Newfoundland. It was the most damaging hurricane on that island in 75 years. Igor killed three people along its path. Damage in Newfoundland is placed at almost $200 million U.S. dollars.

 

  • Hurricane Tomas moved between Haiti and Cuba on Nov. 5. It became a hurricane on Oct. 30, shortly after striking Barbados. It strengthened to a Category 2 storm, striking St. Vincent and St. Lucia, becoming the latest hurricane on record to strike the Windward Islands. After weakening to a tropical depression over the central Caribbean Sea, Tomas regained Category 1 strength on Nov. 5 and moved between Jamaica and the southwest peninsula of Haiti, through the Windward Passage. It weakened just below hurricane strength before reaching the Turks and Caicos Islands. Fourteen people were confirmed as dead or missing on St. Lucia. Total damage there was estimated to be about $500 million dollars. Heavy rains associated with Tomas triggered floods and landslides in Haiti. Haiti’s meteorological service says the death toll there was 35.

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