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Odile Retired, Isis Removed from Hurricane Name Lists

Hurricane Odile
Posted at 2:14 PM, Apr 17, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-17 10:50:09-04

(WTXL) -- The annual meeting of the Hurricane Committee of the World Meteorological Organization this week resulted in adjustments made to established tropical cyclone name lists, for different reasons.

Though 2014 was relatively uneventful for most of the Atlantic basin, the Pacific hurricane Odile produced the first direct strike from a major hurricane in the Baja California peninsula in 25 years.  Eleven deaths were reported, along with about 135 injuries.  The large size of the storm spread damaging impacts along the Pacific coast of Mexico, triggering about $1 billion in damage costs.

The name Odile was retired as a result of the impacts the hurricane caused.  Odalys is the replacement name, to be used in the list for the year 2020.

No tropical cyclone names were retired from the most-recently used Atlantic basin list.

The WMO also altered the 2016 name list for the eastern Pacific systems, purging the name Isis and using Ivette in its place.  The name Isis is similar to the acronym often used to described the self-proclaimed Islamic State group in the Middle East.  The official listing of names on the National Hurricane Center website already reflects this change.