‘Sandy’ Being Retired From Tropical Storm Names

Originally posted on CBS New York:

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – It’s  a name we’ll never forget but one we will thankfully not have to hear about again — as far as storms go.

Sandy is being retired from the list of tropical storm names because of the catastrophic damage its massive size and strength caused along the East Coast last year.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials say the name Sara will take its place. Sandy was retired Thursday from the official list of Atlantic Basin tropical storm names by the World Meteorological Organization’s hurricane committee.

A home in Mystic Islands, N.J. wrecked by Superstorm Sandy (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor's Office)

A home in Mystic Islands, N.J. wrecked by Superstorm Sandy (credit: Tim Larsen / Governor’s Office)

Storm names are recycled every six years unless they’re retired because of extreme damage or a considerable number of casualties.

Sandy is the 77th storm name taken off the list since 1954.

The National Hurricane Center has attributed 72 deaths from Maryland to New…

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