"Sandy" is retired as a name for hurricanes

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (second right) and General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic (right) observing a moment of silence at the start of a briefing to the Assembly on the impact of Hurricane Sandy. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (9 November 2012)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced on Friday that the name "Sandy" has been retired from the official rotating list of Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone names.

WMO spokesperson Claire Nullis says the decision was taken by the agency's Hurricane Committee which has been meeting this week in Curaçao in the Caribbean.

"This is obviously because of the destruction that Sandy caused from Jamaica, Cuba, Haiti and obviously, the Mid-Atlantic United States in October 2012. Sandy will be replaced by Sara beginning in 2018 which is the next time it comes around." (15")

According to WMO, Sandy contributed to the deaths of about 300 people in the region and resulted in economic losses of over $75 billion.

It however provided many important lessons to learn in forecasting, early warning and communication, the agency adds.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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