Irene Retired From Hurricane Name List

The name "Irene" has been retired from the official list of Atlantic hurricane names by the World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee. The name was retired because of the death and destruction it caused in August 2011. It will be replaced by Irma in the six-year rotation that comes up in 2017. Irene is the 76th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954. Irene was directly responsible for 49 deaths: five in the Dominican Republic, three in Haiti, and 41 in the United States.


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