“Irene” Retired As A Storm Name

MIAMI (AP) _ Irene is being retired from the list of storm names because the 2011 hurricane killed 49 people and caused more than $15 billion in damage.

A report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the name will be replaced by Irma.

Irene was retired Friday from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee.

The report says storm names are reused every six years unless retired for causing considerable casualties or damage. Irene is the 76th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954.

Five people were killed in the Dominican Republic after Hurricane Irene stormed through the Caribbean last August. Three died in Haiti. And 41 died in the U.S. when Irene barreled up the Eastern Seaboard.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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