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Fiona and Ian deleted. There will be no such names for hurricanes anymore. WMO decision

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Fiona and Ian have been withdrawn from the hurricane naming list. The decision was made by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) after destructive elements with these names killed dozens of people last year and caused billions of dollars in damage.

The custom of naming hurricanes or storms dates back to 1953 to simplify warnings and media coverage of their effects. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), people remember names faster and better than numbers or technical data. Hurricanes are named in alphabetical order, usually updated every six years.

Why are some names removed from the list? This is what happens when a hurricane turns out to be truly devastating and does massive damage. The alternate name is chosen at the WMO meeting. That’s what happened on Wednesday when Fiona and Ian were struck off.

“In the future, Fiona will be replaced by Farrah and Ian by Idris,” the WMO said.

Hurricane Fiona and Ian

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Hurricane Fiona hit Puerto Rico in September 2022. The element brought devastating floods there. The hurricane first affected the Lesser Antilles, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and the Turks and Caicos Territory, later reaching Canada as a post-tropic cyclone, bringing death and devastation. At least 31 people have died in Canada and the Caribbean.

Satellite image of Hurricane Fiona, September 22, 2022worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov

Ian formed in the Atlantic Ocean less than two weeks later, killing at least 160 people as it passed through Cuba and the US states of Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia.

Satellite image of Hurricane Ian, September 28, 2022worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov

Hurricane season 2022

The Atlantic hurricane season officially runs from June 1 to November 30. In the Northeast Pacific, it starts earlier, on May 15.

In 2022, a total of 14 tropical storms formed in the Atlantic with winds reaching 63 kilometers per hour or more. Eight of them became hurricanes with wind speeds of 119 km/h or more. Two of the elements escalated into major hurricanes, they were Fiona and Ian. During them the wind reached over 178 km/h.

The damage after Ian’s passingReuters Archive

Reuters, WMO, tvnmeteo.pl

Main photo source: worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov

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