After the damage and deaths caused by recent storms, the World Meteorological Organization has decided their names aren’t worth repeating.
The names Florence and Michael, which hit areas from Florida to Virginia last year, have been retired by the organization’s Region IV Hurricane Committee.
If fatalities and destruction caused by a storm are so extensive, the committee retires the name that would otherwise be insensitive to use again on the six-year cycle.
To replace the two, Francine and Milton will be included in the 2024 list of storm names.
With these additions, a total of 88 names have been retired from the Atlantic basin list since 1953.