HURRICANE NAME “IRENE” HAS BEEN RETIRED


The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) hurricane committee has retired IRENE from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names because of the fatalities and damage it caused in August 2011. The name will be replaced by IRMA on the 2017 list.

Hurricane IRENE made its U.S. landfall on North Carolina coast on Aug. 27 as a Category 1 hurricane. After brushing the Virginia and Delaware coast, the hurricane lost hurricane strength and made a second landfall as a tropical storm near Atlantic City, New Jersey. The storm passed over Coney Island and Manhattan and through New England resulting in catastrophic inland flooding in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Vermont.

The storm was responsible for 6 deaths by storm surge/waves or rip currents, 15 by falling trees, and 21 by rainfall-induced floods. The total U.S. damage was estimated to be $15.8 billion.

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