Friday, December 19, 2014

Irene, good night

National Hurricane Center retires "Irene."

Irene, good night

Irene, blamed for 49 deaths and historic flooding, has entered he hurricane hall of fame.

The National Hurricane Center announced today that it was retiring the name "Irene," a distinction reserved only for elite tropical storms -- the likes of Andrew, Hugo, and Katrina.

Tropical-storm names are recycled every six years, unless the hurricane center decides to retire them.

Here is a complete list of retired storms and more on the name game.

Tony Wood Inquirer Weather Columnist
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