Two hurricane names retired

The names of two hurricanes that caused death and destruction in Mexico last year have been dropped from the list of hurricane names in the Atlantic and the North Pacific oceans.

Ingrid and Manuel will no longer be used for future tropical storms or hurricanes, the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee announced last week.

Both storms caused damage and casualties in Mexico, bringing widespread heavy rains and flooding. Ingrid caused 32 deaths, mostly in eastern Mexico, while Manuel resulted in at least 123 deaths, primarily in western Mexico.

The World Meteorological Organization will replace the name Ingrid with “Imelda” on the Atlantic hurricane list and Manuel with “Mario” on the North Pacific list when the 2013 lists are reused in 2019.

Storm names are reused every six years for both the Atlantic and eastern North Pacific basins, unless retired because a storm was so deadly or costly that the future use of the name would be insensitive.

Manuel was the first eastern North Pacific tropical storm since records began in 1949 to make landfall in mainland Mexico, redevelop over water, and go on to become a hurricane. 

In September 2013, Ingrid was a category 1 hurricane over the southwestern Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall as a tropical storm in northeastern Mexico. Simultaneously, Manual developed over the eastern North Pacific and made landfall as a tropical storm on the southern coast of Mexico. It then reformed in the Gulf of California and made a second landfall in Mexico.

Manuel is the 11th name ever to be removed from the eastern North Pacific list and the first since “Alma” in 2008. In comparison, Ingrid is the 78th name to be retired from the Atlantic list.

The 2014 Atlantic list, which covers the Cayman Islands, includes: Arthur, Bertha, Cristobal, Dolly, Edouard, Fay, Gonzalo, Hanna, Isaias, Josephine, Kyle, Laura, Marco, Nana, Omar, Paulette, Rene, Sally, Teddy, Vicky, and Wilfred.

The World Meteorological Organization will replace the name Ingrid with “Imelda” and Manuel with “Mario” when the 2013 lists are reused in 2019.