Ida has been permanently removed from the list of Atlantic hurricane names

Geneva, Switzerland (KLFY) – The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has officially removed the name “Ida” from the list of Atlantic hurricane names due to the destruction it caused in Louisiana in 2021.

The WMO said instead that the name “Imani” would be put into rotation as the “I” name for hurricanes.

Hurricane names change every six years, unless a storm is so deadly that its name is retired, such as Ida. The WMO said 94 names have been removed from the Atlantic hurricane list since 1953.

Since 1953, Atlantic tropical storms have been named from lists compiled by the National Hurricane Center. They are now maintained and updated by an international committee, the WMO.

The original name lists only included women’s names. In 1979, male names were introduced and they now alternate with female names. Six lists are used in rotation. Thus, the 2021 list will be used again in 2027.

As far as named storms go, 2021 was the third most active year ever, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There were so many strong storms that the WMO alphabetical name list was missing letters.

Ida, a Category 4 hurricane, was the most destructive storm of 2021. The hurricane killed 55 directly and 32 indirectly, according to WMO.

Below is a chart of the rotation of Atlantic hurricane names:

2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 Additional names
Anna alexander Arlene albert Andrea arthur adria
Invoice bonny Brett Beryl barry Bertha Braylen
Claudette Hake Cindy Chris Chantale Cristobal Caridad
Dany Danielle put on Deby Dexter Cart Desshawn
Elsa county Emily Ernesto Erin Edward Emery
Fred Fiona franklin Francine Fernando fay To favor
Grace Gaston Gert Gordon gabriel Gonzalo Gem
Henry Ermine Harold Helen Humbert Hana Heather
Ida Ian Idealia isaac Imelda isaias Isle
Julian Julia Jose Joyce jerry Josephine Jacobus
kate Charles Katya Church Karine Kyle Kenzie
larry Lisa Lee Leslie Lawrence Horrible lucio
Mindy Martin Margot Milton lemon balm Marco makayla
Nicholas Nicholas nigel Nadine Nestor Granny Nolan
Odette owen Ophelia Oscar Olga Omar Orlando
Rock Paul Philip Patty pablo Paulette pax
Pink richard Rina Raphael Rebecca Rein Ronin
Sat Shary Sean Sarah Sebastian Exit Sophia
Therese Tobias Tammie Tony Tanya teddy Tayshaun
Victor Virginia vince Valerie Van vicky Viviane
wanda Walter Whitney William Wendy Wilfred Will be
(Credit: WMO)

When there are so many storms, the list is exhausted from A to W, the World Meteorological Organization has switched to using Greek letters in the past. However, the organization decided to end the practice last year, calling it confusing.

Starting this hurricane season, if the main list is exhausted, the list of additional names (above) will be used after “Walter”.

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