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Sandy removed from list of Atlantic storm names

Published: April 11, 2013 Updated: April 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM
A beachhouse is left in ruins in the Belle Harbor neighborhood of the Rockaways, in New York, after Sandy hit last year.

After ravaging the East Coast last year, Sandy has been removed from the list of names available for Atlantic storms by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee.

The name will be replaced by Sara in 2018.

Sandy was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, according to the National Weather Service. The storm devastated portions of the Caribbean, mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States, causing an estimated $20 billion in damage.

Atlantic storm names are reused every six years. If a storm is so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive or confusing, the hurricane committee, which includes personnel from NOAA’s National Hurricane Center, may retire the name.

Sandy is the 77th name to be removed from the Atlantic list since 1954, the group said.

The group has removed several names from its list in recent years that Floridians would remember, including Andrew, which was retired in 1992.

In the past decade, the list includes:

2003: Fabian, Isabel, Juan.

2004: Charley, Frances, Ivan, Jeanne.

2005: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan Wilma.

2006: None.

2007: Dean, Felix, Noel.

2008: Gustav, Ike, Paloma.

2010: Igor, Thomas.

2011: Irene

The organization did not retire any names in 2006 and 2009.

Here are the names for Atlantic storms in 2013: Andrea, Barry, Chantal, Dorian, Erin, Fernand, Gabrielle, Humberto, Ingrid, Jerry, Karen, Lorenzo, Melissa, Nestor, Olga, Pablo, Rebekah, Sebastien, Tanya, Van and Wendy.