weather officials Announced Wednesday, Fiona and Ian’s names were being pulled from the rotating list of Atlantic tropical cyclone names because of the death and destruction caused by the most recent storms bearing those names.
Farrah will replace Fiona on the lists, Idris will replace Ian, The World Meteorological Organization he said in a press release. Tropical cyclone names are assigned from the alphabetical list when they intensify into tropical storms with winds of 39 mph. The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30. If a season has more than 26 named storms, forecasters use Greek letters.
Officials said storm names have long been used to help communicate warnings and alert people about potentially life-threatening dangers. The names are usually repeated every six years unless the storm is so deadly that the name is retired. Since the current storm naming system was adopted in 1953, a total of 96 names have been pulled from the Atlantic Basin list.
Hurricane Fiona hit the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic and islands Turks and Caicos Islands Last September, it moved north over the western Atlantic Ocean and struck Canada as a powerful post-tropical cyclone. The storm caused over $3 billion in damages across the Caribbean and Canada, and was responsible for 29 direct and indirect deaths.
Days after Fiona’s death, Ian hit western Cuba as a major hurricane and it happened Landfall in southwest Florida As a Category 4 storm, it causes massive storm surge and flooding. Ian has been responsible for more than 150 direct and indirect deaths, and more than $112 billion in damages in the United States. It was the costliest hurricane in Florida history and the third costliest in the United States.