Five names retired

April 6, 2006

Today NOAA announced the five names that the WMO Hurricane Committee decided to  retire five names from the 2005 hurricane season: Dennis, Katrina, Rita, Stan, and Wilma.  They will be replaced with Don, Katia, Rina, Sean, and Whitney.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the previous record for names retired from a single season was four. 

Of the names I expected to be retired, Emily was the 'last one in', but I'm fairly surprised that it wasn't given the damage caused by the second landfall in Mexico.  The 2005 one was the third edition to cause damage; 1987's hit the Dominican Republic as a category two, and 1993's brushed the Outer Banks, causing considerable damage to Hatteras Island and immediate vicinity. 

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