Ida has been removed as a possible storm name for future hurricane seasons, officials said Wednesday.
The name was retired “because of the death and destruction” caused by last year’s Category 4 hurricane in Louisiana and elsewhere, according to the World Meteorological Organization committee that controls the names of tropical storms and hurricanes.
The hurricane caused catastrophic damage in southeast Louisiana before bringing its deadly flooding to the northeast. Ida was responsible for 55 direct deaths and 32 indirect deaths in the United States, the organization said in its announcement.
Ida’s wind, rain, storm surge and tornadoes caused a total of $75 billion in damage in the United States, according to federal estimates.
What name will replace Ida?
Imani will replace Ida on the rotating list of storm names. The names are repeated every six years, unless one is retired.
Systems are named when they strengthen into tropical storms. The categories, in ascending order of strength, are tropical depression, tropical storm, and hurricane (categories 1 through 5).
Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin begins June 1 and ends November 30, but storms can form at any time.
How names are selected
Storms are named from lists compiled years in advance by the National Hurricane Center. The lists are maintained and updated by an international committee of the World Meteorological Organization.
The committee may choose to remove a name if a storm is so deadly or costly that future use of its name for a different storm would be “inappropriate for reasons of sensitivity,” according to the organization’s website.
So far, 94 names have been removed from the Atlantic Basin list since 1953, when storms began to be named under the current system. Learn more about the process.
Last year was the third most active year in terms of named storms, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It followed a record season the previous year.
In 2020, there were so many storms that forecasters ran out of names and used the Greek alphabet for additional names. It was only the second time in recorded history that Greek names were used. The first time was in 2005, which was the peak season responsible for Hurricane Katrina.
The 2020 hurricane season holds the record for the most named storms in a season – 30. The previous record of 28 was set in 2005. Official records date back to 1851.
More Greek Names
The list of storm names changed last year. If necessary, forecasters will use a list of additional storm names instead of the Greek names.
The organization that maintains the list of storm names said the Greek letters were confusing and put too much emphasis on the Greek letter and not the dangerous storm it represented.
The names of this year’s storms
This year’s regular list of names for the Atlantic Basin is as follows:
List of additional names
Here is the list of additional names for the Atlantic hurricane season. These names would be used if the regular list is exhausted.
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Carlie Kollath Wells is a breaking news reporter at NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune.