Erika among storm names retired by WMO

 Erika caused serious infrastructural damage in Dominica
Erika caused serious infrastructural damage in Dominica

The World Meteorological Organization’s (WMO) hurricane committee announced today it will no longer use the names Erika and Joaquin for future tropical storms or hurricanes in the Atlantic, and the name Patricia will no longer be used in the eastern North Pacific. The three storms occurred in 2015.

The WMO will replace Erika with “Elsa”, Joaquin with “Julian” and Patricia with “Pamela” when the 2015 lists are reused in 2021.

Erika was a tropical storm whose torrential rains inflicted significant casualties and damage in Dominica. More than a foot of rain fell there and the storm was directly responsible for 30 deaths. In Haiti, one person died due to a mud slide after Erika had dissipated as a tropical cyclone.

Patricia was a late-season major hurricane that intensified at a rate rarely observed in a tropical cyclone. It became a category 5 hurricane (on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale) over unusually warm waters to the south of Mexico, and is now the strongest hurricane on record in the eastern North Pacific and North Atlantic basins. The hurricane turned north-northeastward and weakened substantially before making landfall in October 2015 along a sparsely populated part of the coast of southwestern Mexico as a category 4 hurricane.

The WMO reuses storm names every six years for both the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins, unless retired because the storm was so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive.

Patricia is the 13th name to be removed from the eastern North Pacific list. In comparison, Erika and Joaquin are the 79th and 80th name to be removed from the Atlantic list.

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  1. Floridian Diaspora
    April 26, 2016

    Nice!!! Now this Erika name will go down in history properly forever tied to the labor government!!! So that means that in the future once somebody say Tropical Storm Erika there will be no mistaken. You will know exactly which one they are referring to; the one after which Skeritt had wild party celebrations for salty Baroness Scotland instead of repairing the damage it left behind.

    • sa meme
      April 27, 2016

      Floridian Diaspora why don’t you stop being a Jack***. What does Skerrit and the government have to do with that. All you do is criticize and talk about things that does not concern the issue or topic at hand. Get a life

  2. Face the Facts
    April 26, 2016

    Once they create havoc resulting in loss of lives, numerous injuries and extensive property loss as occurred in Dominica, those names should be retired; never to be re-used.
    First they commenced with male names and then female names, for equality reasons.
    Parents should not give their children these names especially in those countries, as Dominica, where these storms/hurricanes proved disastrous.
    In any case, why use names of people at all? WMO could make up fictitious names. Simply jumble some words together which will make sense and leave humans’ names out of it. In this computer age, they can do it.

    • Take Note
      April 27, 2016

      i think u had too much silly juice to drink…

      • Face the Facts
        April 30, 2016

        What I stated is a wise idea. If I presented it to the proper authority I consider I could make a mint. People charge for everything, even their opinion. They get rich from it. Others hear/read of them and double-cross the author and pretend it is their idea.
        I do not expect you to know that because you do not have the brains and aptitude to comprehend it. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:
        The pot always calls the kettle black. You are the one who has too much silly juice to drink – illegal drugs and medication. Your brains are shut down. You are out of place and have no common sense whatsoever; rude as ever and have no respect for others. It appears you never learned good communication and good manners and never will.
        People comment sensibly and you cannot appreciate it; instead, insulting them. :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen: :twisted: :mrgreen:
        May God rebuke you.

  3. Dominican passports
    April 26, 2016

    R.I.P Erika

  4. doctor of corruption
    April 26, 2016

    Thank God for that because Erika did too much damage here. I only hope the WMO doesn’t turn the letters in Erika around, to get TS Kaire, which would be double trouble for us.

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