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Four hurricane names retired, Greek alphabet names will no longer be used

Dorian, Laura, Eta and Iota were retired.

NEW ORLEANS — After a record-breaking 2020 hurricane season we now know the Greek Alphabet will never be used again to name storms.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced Wednesday the Greek alphabet will not be used in the future because is "creates a distraction from the communication of hazard and storm warnings and is potentially confusing." 

There has been only one other season that used the extra set of names and that was in 2005. The World Meteorological Organization released a new set of supplemental names that will be used if the season exhausts the standard list.

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The committee also retired four storm names. Dorian, which slammed The Bahamas in 2019 as a category five storms, will be replaced by Dexter. Laura was retired after hitting southwest Louisiana as a category four storm.

Hurricanes Eta and Iota were also retired after impacting Central America in November. Iota was the latest category five hurricane on record in the Atlantic Basin. Hurricane season 2021 begins on June 1st.

 

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