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‘Sandy’ Being Retired From Tropical Storm Names

Officials Say The Name Sara Will Take Its Place
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A car drives past several boats washed up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy  in front of homes on the shoreline of the Great Kills community November 7, 2012,  on Staten Island, New York.     (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

A car drives past several boats washed up in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in front of homes on the shoreline of the Great Kills community November 7, 2012, on Staten Island, New York. (credit: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

Superstorm Sandy

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – It’s  a name we’ll never forget but one we will thankfully not have to hear about again — as far as storms go.

Sandy is being retired from the list of tropical storm names because of the catastrophic damage its massive size and strength caused along the East Coast last year.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the name Sara will take its place. Sandy was retired Thursday from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee.

A home in Mystic Islands, N.J. wrecked by Superstorm Sandy (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

A home in Mystic Islands, N.J. wrecked by Superstorm Sandy (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor’s Office)

Storm names are recycled every six years unless they’re retired because of extreme damage or a considerable number of casualties.

Sandy is the 77th storm name taken off the list since 1954.

The National Hurricane Center has attributed 72 deaths from Maryland to New Hampshire directly to Sandy, though some estimates were higher.

It wiped out entire neighborhoods and was one of the country’s costliest natural disasters.

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