The name Dorian will never again be used in the Atlantic tropical cyclones list.
Dorian joins a list of 90 names dating back to 1954, and is the first for 2019 to be retired.
Last year, two names – Florence and Michael – were retired; while in 2017, Irma, which devastated Barbuda; and Maria – the 2017 wrecker of Dominica – along with Harvey and Nate were retired.
Names from the list are retired based on the extent of mass destruction and death they have caused.
A committee will propose and vote on a name to replace Dorian on the list. Antigua and Barbuda’s Director of Meteorology, Dale Destin, is a part of that hurricane-naming committee.
Hurricane Dorian made landfall on September 1st in the Abaco Islands of The Bahamas with winds of 185 mph. It then traveled to Grand Bahama where it stalled for two days while pummeling the territory. It then moved to the Carolinas, Georgia, Nova Scotia and then Canada
Damage is estimated to be in the region of US $7 billion, with more than 40 confirmed deaths.