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Move over Irene

The name “Irene” will now be replaced by “Irma” according to the World Meteorological Organization's hurricane committee. The death and destruction wrought by 2011's storm named Irene has caused the WMO to retire the name from the official list of Atlantic Basin storms. Responsible for 49 deaths in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, and the United States, the hurricane caused nearly $16 billion in damage in the United States.

Typically storm names are used on a six-year rotational basis but are retired when they cause considerable casualties and damage. Irene is the 76th name to be retired from the Atlantic list since 1954.

KIMBRA CUTLIP is a freelance writer and former assistant editor for Weatherwise.

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