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Names Of Destructive Hurricanes Dorian, Laura, Eta And Iota To Be Retired

An image taken by the GOES satellite showing Hurricane Eta as it approaches landfall along Central America's Caribbean coast.
An image taken by the GOES satellite showing Hurricane Eta as it approaches landfall along Central America's Caribbean coast.

Say goodbye and good riddance to Dorian, Laura, Eta and Iota.

Those hurricane names were permanently retired Wednesday by the World Meteorological Organization, following the tradition of avoiding the repetition of names of particularly destructive storms. Added to the list were Dexter and Leah.

Also ended was the use of the Greek alphabet to name storms for long seasons after authorities exhaust the list of names chosen for that year, according to an announcement Wednesday from the World Meteorological Organization, which is in charge of the names. That happened in last year’s horrific storm season, when a record-breaking number of storms required the use of nine Greek letters, from Alpha through Iota.

Read more at our news partner the South Florida Sun Sentinel.