Hurricane committee retires the name "Irene" from list of Atlantic storms

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Hurricane Irene

The name "Irene" has been retired from the official list of names for Atlantic tropical storms following the destruction caused by its namesake hurricane in August 2011.

The decision was made by the hurricane committee for the Americas, which is part of the World Meteorological Office (WMO), during its recent annual meeting.

WMO spokesperson Claire Nullis said Hurricane Irene killed nearly 50 people in the eastern United States and the Caribbean:

"Irene was directly responsible for 49 deaths, including six in the US, and flood losses and other damage in the US was estimated at $15.8 billion."

Nullis said hurricane names rotate on a six-year basis, and the name "Irma" will replace "Irene" on the official list of names for Atlantic tropical storms beginning in 2018.

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