The World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee have retired two cyclone names from the official rotation of Atlantic storms, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The names – Igor and Tomas – were removed due to the deaths and damage caused during their 2010 iterations.
The World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee issue a list of names to be used for storms in the following six years, for both the Atlantic ad eastern North Pacific basins. The names Igor and Tomas would have appeared again in 2016, but will no longer be used.
NOAA has provided details of the two storms, explaining the decision;
- Igor was a classic Cape Verde hurricane, reaching Category 4 strength with 155 mph winds on Sept. 14, while located about 600 miles east of the northern Leeward Islands. The storm weakened to a Category 1 hurricane when it struck Bermuda on Sept. 19. Igor grew in size, with the area of tropical-storm-force winds becoming roughly 750 nautical miles wide. Igor made landfall on Sept. 21 near Cape Race, Newfoundland. It was the most damaging hurricane on that island in 75 years. Igor killed three people along its path. Damage in Newfoundland is placed at almost $200 million U.S. dollars.
- Tomas became a hurricane on October 30 shortly after striking Barbados. It strengthened to a Category 2 storm striking St. Vincent and St. Lucia, becoming the latest hurricane on record (1851-present) to strike the Windward Islands. After weakening to a tropical depression over the central Caribbean Sea, Tomas regained Category 1 strength on November 5 and moved between Jamaica and the southwest peninsula of Haiti, through the Windward Passage. It weakened just below hurricane strength before reaching the Turks and Caicos Islands. Fourteen people are confirmed as dead, or missing, on St. Lucia. Total damage there is estimated to be around $500 million U.S. dollars. Heavy rains associated with Tomas triggered floods and landslides in Haiti. Haiti’s meteorological services states that the death toll in Haiti was 35.