‘Sandy’ Being Retired From Tropical Storm Names
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.
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.
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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