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Hurricanes Retired

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Three tropical storm names have been retired. You will never again face a Joaquin or an Erika.

The World Meteorological Organization announced this week that it will retire three names. Two of them are  Atlantic storm names, and the third is Patricia, a eastern North Pacific storm name.

Joaquin and Erika will instead be replaced with Elsa and Julian. 

Storm names are reused every six years. But some names are retired when a storm is so deadly or costly that its future use would be insensitive.

Tropical Storm Erika was responsible for 30 deaths, Hurricane Joaquin for 34.